Susana Suárez Seoane

Profesora Titular de Universidad

Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad
Universidad de Oviedo, Campus de Mieres
Edificio de Investigación – 5ª planta
c/ Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n
33600 Mieres, Asturias
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Historial académico

  • 2019-present. Associate professor (University of Oviedo, Organisms and Systems Department and Research Unit of Biodiversity, Oviedo and Mieres, Spain)
  • 2007-2019. Associate professor (University of León, Ecology area, León, Spain)
  • 2002-2007. Assistant professor (University of León, Ecology area, León, Spain)
  • 2002. Post-doctoral Marie Curie Research Fellow (University of Oviedo, INDUROT, Oviedo, Spain)
  • 1999-2001. Post-doctoral Marie Curie Research Fellow (University of Stirling, Environmental Sciences Department, Stirling, UK)
  • 1998-1999. Research fellow (University of León, Ecology area, León, Spain)
  • 1998. PhD in Biology (University of León, León, Spain)
  • 1997-1998. PhD Marie Curie Research Fellow (French National Institute for Agricultural Research, SAD Armorique Department, Rennes, France)
  • 1993-1997. PhD Research Fellow (University of León, Spain
  • 1992. Degree in Biology (University of León, Spain)

Líneas de investigación

My research is mainly focused on the assessment of the effects of global change on landscape patterns and processes at different spatio-temporal scales in a global change context, using Landscape Ecology principles as a conceptual framework and remote sensing techniques and spatial models as research tools. I have dedicated particular attention to the study of two main drivers of landscape dynamics: land use change (monitoring and evaluation of ecological consequences of land abandonment in agricultural and mountain landscapes) and wildfires (fire risk and post-fire recovery).


Full list

Selected publications (2014-2019)

  • Suárez-Seoane, S., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Obeso, J.R. 2019. Habitat-partitioning improves the applicability in conservation of distribution models for multi-habitat species. Biodioversity and Conservation, 29 (3), 987-1008.
  • García-Llamas, P., Suárez-Seoane, S., Taboada, A., Marcos, E., Fernández-Manso, A., Quintano, C., Fernández-García, V., Fernández-Guisuraga, J.M., Calvo, L. 2019. Environmental drivers of fire severity in extreme fire events that affect Mediterranean pine forest ecosystems. Forest Ecology and Management 433: 24-32.
  • Fernández-Guisuraga, J.M., Calvo, L., Fernández-García, V., Marcos E., Taboada, A., Suárez-Seoane, S. 2019. Efficiency of remote sensing tools for post-fire management along a climatic gradient. Forest Ecology and Management 433: 553-562.
  • García-Llamas, P., Geijzendorffer, I.R., García-Nieto, A.P., Calvo. L., Suárez-Seoane, S., Cramer, W. 2019. Impact of land cover change on ecosystem service supply in mountain systems: a case study in the Cantabrian Mountains (NW of Spain). Regional Environmental Change 19(2), 529-542.
  • García-Llamas, P., Calvo, L., Rangel, T.F., Suárez-Seoane, S. 2019. Linking species functional traits of terrestrial vertebrates and environmental filters: a case study in temperate mountain systems. PLoS ONE, 14(2), e0211760.
  • Fernández-García, V., Marcos, E., Fernández-Guisuraga, J.M., Taboada, A., Suárez-Seoane, S., Calvo, L. 2019. Impact of burn severity on soil properties in a Pinus pinaster ecosystem immediately after fire. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28: 354-364.
  • Garcia-Llamas, P., Suarez-Seoane, S., Fernández-Guisuraga, J.M., Fernández-García,V., Manso, A., Quintano, C., Taboada, A., Marcos, E., Calvo, L. 2019. Evaluation and comparison of Landsat 8, Sentinel-2 and Deimos-1 remote sensing indices for assessing fire severity in Mediterranean fire-prone ecosystems. Int. Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation 80: 137–144.
  • Garcia-Llamas, P., Suárez-Seoane, S., Taboada, A., Fernandez-García, V., Fernandez-Guisuraga, J.M., Fernandez-Manso, A., Quintano, C., Marcos, E., Calvo, L. 2019. Assessment of the influence of biophysical properties related to fuel conditions on burn severity using remote sensing techniques. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28: 512-520.
  • Fernández-Guisuraga, J.M., Suárez-Seoane, S., Calvo, L. 2019. Modeling Pinus pinaster forest structure after a large wildfire using remote sensing data at high spatial resolution. Forest Ecology and Management 446: 257-271.
  • Suárez-Seoane, S., Álvarez-Martínez, J.M., Palacín, C., Alonso, J.C. 2018. From general questions to specific answers. Underspecificity as a source of uncertainty in biological conservation. Biological Conservation, 227, 167-180.
  • Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Suárez-Seoane, S., Chytrý, M., Hennekens, S., Willner, W., Hájek, M., Agrillo, E., Álvarez-Martínez, J.M., Bergamini, A., Brisse, H., Brunet, J., Casella, L., Dítě, D., Font, X., Gillet, F., Hájková, P., Jansen, F., Jandt, U., Kącki, Z., Lenoir, J., Rodwell, J., Schamineé, J., Sekulova, L., Šibík, J., Škvorc, Z., Tsiripidis, I. 2018. Modelling the distribution and compositional variation of plant communities at the continental scale. Diversity and Distributions 24: 978–990.
  • Fernández-Guisuraga, J.M., Sanz-Ablanedo, E., Suárez-Seoane, S., Calvo, L. 2018. Using unmanned aerial vehicles in postfire vegetation survey campaigns through large and heterogeneous areas: opportunities and challenges. Sensors 18: 586.
  • García-Llamas, P., Calvo. L., De la Cruz, M., Suárez-Seoane, S. 2018. Landscape heterogeneity as a surrogate of biodiversity in mountain systems. Ecological Indicators 85: 285-294.
  • Taboada, A., Tarrega, R., Marcos, E., Valbuena, L., Suárez-Seoane, S., Calvo L. 2017. Fire recurrence and emergency post-fire management influence seedling recruitment and growth by altering plant interactions in fire-prone landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management 402: 63-75.
  • García, J., Johnsen, A., Fuertes, B., Suárez-Seoane, S. 2017. Evolutionary divergences of Luscinia svecica sub-species complex. New evidence supporting the uniqueness of the Iberian bluethroat breeding populations. Ornis Fennica 94: 141-149.
  • Suárez-Seoane, S., Álvarez-Martínez, J.M., Wintle, B.A., Palacín, C., Alonso, J.C. 2017. Modelling the spatial variation of vital rates: an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of correlative species distribution models. Diversity and Distributions 23: 841-853.
  • García-Llamas, P., Calvo., L., Álvarez-Martínez, J.M., Suárez-Seoane, S. 2016. Using remote sensing products to classify landscape. A multi-spatial resolution approach. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 50: 95-105.
  • Alvarez-Martínez, J.M., Suárez-Seoane, S., Palacín, C., Sanz, J., Alonso J.C. 2015. Can Eltonian processes explain species distributions at large scales? Diversity and Distributions 21: 123-138.
  • Suárez-Seoane, S., Virgós, E.,Terroba, O., Pardavila, X., Barea-Azcón, J.M. 2014. Scaling of species distribution models across spatial resolutions and extents along a biogeographic gradient. The case of the Iberian mole (Talpa occidentalis). Ecography 37: 765-782.
  • Álvarez-Martínez, J.M. Suárez-Seoane, S., de Luis, E. 2014. Influence of land use and climate on recent forest expansion: a case study in the Eurosiberian–Mediterranean limit of north‐west Spain. Journal of Ecology 102: 905-919.