Víctor Resco de Dios

Víctor Resco de Dios

Professor of Forest Science.


I am an Associate Professor of Forest Science and Global Change at the University of Lleida and coordinator of the Joint Research Unit between the Forest Technology Center of Catalonia and Agrotecnio (JRU CTFC-AGROTECNIO). I was a Ramón y Cajal Fellow (2014-2019) and a faculty member at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University, 2011-2014).

I have written a book about Plant-Fire Interactions, over 100 scientific papers, and I have been included in the Stanford ranking of highly cited scientists since 2021. My two main lines of research are:

  1. Forests and climate change: On the relationship between forests, CO2 and climate change effects.
  2. Fire science and management: On the effects of climate change on the fire regimes and its consequences for health, safety and terrestrial ecosystems.

I am a member of the Editorial Boards of New Phytologist, Regional Environmental Change, Trees, Plant Ecology and Diversity, Forests, Forest Systems and Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.

I also collaborate with different fire agencies and I’ve written quite a few popular science articles, most of them are in Spanish, but a few are in English as well.


  • Circadian Ecology
  • Plant-Fire interactions
  • Ecosystem development


  • PhD in Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management, 2008

    University of Wyoming

  • MEng in Forestry, 2003

    University of Lleida

  • BSc in Forestry, 2000

    University of Lleida

Recent Publications

(2024). Globe-LFMC 2.0, an enhanced and updated dataset for live fuel moisture content research. Scientific Data.


(2024). ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL 5a modulates FLOWERING LOCUS T2 and gibberellin levels to control dormancy and bud break in poplar. The Plant Cell.


(2024). Evaluation and comparison of simple empirical models for dead fuel moisture content. International Journal of Wildland Fire.


(2024). Sub-daily live fuel moisture content estimation from Himawari-8 data. Remote Sensing of Environment.




These are the implications of the latest wave of mega-fires for the European Green Deal (with Julien Ruffault, Marcos Rodrigues, Rodrigo Balaguer-Romano, Paulo Fernandes, Francisco Castañares y Celso Coco)
The Conversation | Phys.org

Many forests will become highly flammable for at least 30 extra days per year unless we cut emissions, research finds (with Hamish Clarke, Rachael Nolan, Anne Griebel, Matthias Boer)
The Conversation | Science Alert

COP27: What to expect (with Miguel Ángel Zavala)
The Conversation | Stuff (NZ) | Videnskab (DE)

Climate change is testing the resilience of native plants to fire, from ash forests to gymea lilies (with Rachael Nolan, Andrea Leigh, Mark Ooi, Ross Bradstock, Tim Curran and Tom Fairman)
The Conversation | phys.org

Press interviews and statements

"Europe’s largest fire on record sparks hunt for scapegoats in Greece" (29/08/2023)
Statements for POLITICO

"How to live on a Continent on fire" (03/08/2023)
Statements for POLITICO

"A ‘monster wildfire’ ravaged France last summer. It’s still burning"(01/03/2023)
Statements for Washington Post (USA)

"Researchers Predict More Intense Wildfires in Europe"(08/12/2022)
Statements for Olive Oil Times (USA)

"Fires sweep a sweltering Europe. How is the EU fighting back?"(11/08/2022)
Statements for Christian Science Monitor (USA)

"How do we fight wildfires as the planet heats up?"(06/08/2022)
Statements for DW (Germany)

"Wildfires in Europe burn second-biggest area on record"(04/08/2022)
Statements for Reuters

"Expect more wildfires — in Europe and beyond — as society grapples with warming climate"(23/07/2022)
Statements for CBC News (Canadá)

"Explainer: How climate change drives heatwaves and wildfires in Europe"(19/07/2022)
Statements for Reuters

2020 US West Coast fires Statements for Science Magazine

I do write lots of SciComm papers for the mainstream press, but mostly in Spanish. They can be accessed here


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