Víctor Resco de Dios

Víctor Resco de Dios

Professor of Tree Biology


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 industry and I’ve written quite 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

(2023). Modelling the daily probability of lightning-caused ignition in the Iberian Peninsula. International Journal of Wildland Fire.


(2023). Newly isolated halotolerant Aspergillus sp. showed high diesel degradation efficiency under high salinity environment aided with hematite. Journal of Hazardous Materials.


(2023). North-south antiphase of wildfire activity across the pyroregions of continental China driven by NAO and the Antarctic oscillation. Science of The Total Environment.


(2023). Reduction of Cd Uptake in Rice (Oryza sativa) Grain Using Different Field Management Practices in Alkaline Soils. Foods.


(2023). Drivers and implications of the extreme 2022 wildfire season in Southwest Europe. Science of The Total Environment.



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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