Víctor Resco de Dios

Víctor Resco de Dios

Professor of Tree Biology


Welcome to my site. I am a professor of Forest Fires and Global Change. My research mainly revolves around how plants regulate the trade-off between carbon acquisition and water losses and on the implications of this regulation across scales: from plant growth to changes in wildfire activity. More specifically, my two main lines of research are:

  1. Rhythmic ecology: Exploring diurnal, seasonal and annual rhythms in plant growth, reproduction and gas exchange and how they are driven by the interplay between circadian vs exogenous factors.
  2. Pyrophysiology: Trying to understand the physiological mechanisms that affect fire activity and, at the same time, how fires shape plant species structure and function.

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’ve written a book about Plant-Fire Interactions and my other scientific publications are listed here.

I also collaborate with industry, assessing the space technologies company AISTECH, and I’ve written a few popular science articles (but mostly in Spanish)


  • 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

(2022). A semi-mechanistic model for predicting daily variations in species-level live fuel moisture content. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.


(2022). Convergence in critical fuel moisture and fire weather thresholds associated with fire activity in the pyroregions of Mediterranean Europe. Science of The Total Environment.


(2022). Ethylene activates poplar defense against Dothiorella gregaria sacc by regulating Reactive Oxygen Species accumulation. Physiologia Plantarum.


(2022). Fire activity as measured by burned area reveals weak effects of ENSO in China. Nature Communications.


(2022). Live Fuel Moisture Content Mapping in the Mediterranean Basin Using Random Forests and Combining MODIS Spectral and Thermal Data. Remote Sensing.



Organization of conferences for scientific outreach:

iGenium'17: Engineering Meeting Point. Conference on Engineering and climate change.

Conama 2016: National Environmental Science Conference. Oranizing session on Carbon sinks.

Press and SciComm

"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


Chowdhury FI, Barua I, Chowdhury AI, Resco de Dios V, Shafiul M. 2020. Agroforestry shows higher potential than reforestation for soil restoration after slash-and-burn: a case study from Bangladesh. Geology, Ecology, and Landscapes DOI: 10.1080/24749508.2020.1743528. [pdf]

Resco de Dios V, Karavani A, Boer MM, Baudena M, Colinas C, Díaz-Sierra R, Pemán J, de Luís M, Enríquez-de-Salamanza A. 2018. Deforestación inducida por el fuego en bosques mediterráneos sometidos a sequía. Foresta 70: 56-64.

Gessler A, Bugmann H, Bigler C, Edwards P, della Guistina C, Kueffer C, Roy J, Resco de Dios V. 2017. Light as a source of information in ecosystems in Changing perspectives on daylight: Science, technology, and culture. Science 358: 680. [pdf]

Rey A, Resco de Dios V. 2015. El papel de los estomas en la regulación del clima. Naturalmente - La revista del Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales - 8: 27-31

Paredes E, Cerera T, Resco de Dios V, Larrañaga A. 2015. Planificació territorial per a la prevenció de grans incendis forestals. Aplicació pràctica a la conca de Madrona (Solsonès). Silvicultura 72: 17-20

Resco V. 2010, Fundamentos teóricos para el uso de isótopos estables en ecología terrestre. Ecosistemas 19: 1-5

Vidal Cerdeiros C, Resco V. 2008. La lectora de montes. Profor-ES 1: 86-89.

Resco de Dios, V. 2004. Efectos de la gestión en la dinámica de las masas forestales japonesas. Forestalia 9, 82-87.


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