As biodiversity research is currently a ‘science of crisis’, I also work on practical applications for biodiversity conservation and management, seeking the best way to overcome the limitations in biodiversity data and take advantage of such information for both research and conservation assessment. In the past I worked on Systematic Conservation Planning and selection of areas for conservation, and now I collaborate with other researchers on the use of geographical approaches to conservation issues, such as assessing the risk of spread of invasive species, the eventual shifts in species distributions that global change may cause, or the ‘extinction debt’ caused by the historical reduction of native habitats.
I work at global, continental and regional scales, using recent and paleontological data on species distributions, functional traits, phylogenies, and ecological interactions, as well as theoretical models. Also, I work on the development and exploitation of biodiversity databases –including assessing the quality of their data, as well as on using biodiversity estimators and surrogates, and on the theoretical needs and limitations of species distribution models.
Although I am specialized in dung beetles, I work with many different taxa – including other insects and arthropods, bryophytes, vertebrates, seed plants, or even microorganisms. Many of my works refer to the Iberian Peninsula, continental Europe, the Neotropics, and the Macaronesian archipelagos (including the Azores and the Canary Islands).