Pol Capdevila is currently a Maria Zambrano Fellow at the Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Universitat de Barcelona. Pol’s research combines small-scale experiments, long-term wild population data and large-scale datasets with modelling tools to better understand species dynamics, predict their responses to global change and develop effective management strategies. His main research areas are: (1) Understand the drivers of life history strategies in marine and terrestrial species; (2) Unveil the mechanisms that make some species more/less resilient than others; (3) Understand the impacts of multiple stressors on the conservation of species and populations; (4) Develop effective management, conservation and restoration strategies.
Pol started his research at the University of Barcelona, getting involved in several long-term monitoring programs in several Mediterranean Marine Reserves such as Medes Islands, Port-Cros National Park and Cap de Creus. His PhD was supervised by Dr Cristina Linares and Dr Bernat Hereu, where he focused on understanding the natural dynamics of a deep-water Mediterranean seaweed species (Cystoseira zosteroides) and their resilience to global change. After his PhD, Pol gained a Ramon Areces Fellowship to do his first postdoc at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (2018-2020), where he combined large datasets and modelling tools to better understand what determines the resilience of species. Next, he gained a Research Associate position at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (2020-2022), where he studied the impacts of multiple stressors on vertebrate populations worldwide. In 2022 he gained a Maria Zambrano Fellowship and a Marie Curie Fellowship to work at the Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Universitat de Barcelona with Dr Cristina Linares. Here, Pol will explore the impacts of Marine Heatwaves on the resilience of coralligenous populations and communities.
- Capdevila, P., Stott, I., Cant, J., Beger, M., Rowlands, G., Grace, M. & Salguero-Gómez, R. (2022). Life history mediates the trade-offs among different components of demographic resilience. Ecology Letters, 25:1566-1579.
- Capdevila, P., Noviello, N., McRae, L., Freeman, R., Clements, C. (2022). Global patterns of resilience decline in vertebrate populations. Ecology Letters, 25(1): 240-251.
- Capdevila, P., Stott, I., Oliveras, I., Stouffer, D., Raimundo, R., White, H., Barbour, M. & Salguero-Gómez, R. (2021). Reconciling resilience across ecological systems, species, and subdisciplines. Journal of Ecology, 109: 3102-3113.
- Capdevila, P., Stott, I., Beger, M., & Salguero-Gómez, R. (2020). Towards a comparative framework of demographic resilience. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 35: 776-786.
- Capdevila, P., Beger, M., Blomberg, S. P., Hereu, B., Linares, C., & Salguero‐Gómez, R. (2020). Longevity, body dimension and reproductive mode drive differences in aquatic versus terrestrial life‐history strategies. Functional Ecology, 34(8), 1613-1625.
- Capdevila, P., Hereu, B., Salguero‐Gómez, R., Rovira, G. L., ... & Linares, C. (2019). Warming impacts on early life stages increase the vulnerability and delay the population recovery of a long‐lived habitat‐forming macroalga. Journal of Ecology, 107(3), 1129-1140.