I am Professor of Ecology at the University of Granada. I have worked as a researcher, teacher or visiting professor in different institutions of Spain, Sweden, UK or USA. I currently teach and/or mentor different pre-and post-graduated courses of Ecology at Granada University as well as for American institutions with visiting programs in Granada, such as the Institute for Education of Students (IES, Chicago) or the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA program, Brown University). My research scope is related mostly to Forest Ecology, Restoration Ecology and ecophysiology, including aspects such as plant-animal interactions, plant-plant interactions or plant-soil interactions, with a strong focus on the effect of climate change and global change in Mediterranean forests. I am author or coauthor of ca. 130 publications, including scientific papers, book chapters, and articles for broad distribution, and I have participated in ca. 25 national or international research projects related to these fields of research. I have acted as consultant for the Spanish Environmental Agency and for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN)
Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystems and Agrosystems (RNM 918)
- Restoration ecology.
- Soil ecology.
- Global change.
- Plant-plant interaction.
- Planta-animal interaction.
- Salazar-Tortosa D., Castro J., Villar-Salvador P., Viñegla B., Matías L., Michelsen A., de Casas R.R. y Querejeta I. (2018). The “isohydric trap”: a proposed feed-back between water shortage, stomatal regulation and nutrient acquisition drives differential growth and survival of European pines under climatic dryness. Global Change Biology 24: 4069-4083 (doi: 10.1111/gcb.14311).
- Castro J., Molina-Morales M., Leverkus A.B., Martínez-Baroja L., Pérez-Camacho L., Villar-Salvador P., Rebollo S. y Rey-Benayas J.M. (2017). Effective nut dispersal by magpies (Pica pica L.) in a Mediterranean agroecosystem. Oecologia 184: 183.
- Leverkus A.B., Rey-Benayas J.M. y Castro J. (2016). Shifting demographic conflicts across recruitment cohorts in a dynamic post-disturbance landscape. Ecology 97: 2628-2639.
- Castro J., Leverkus A.B. y Fuster F. (2015). A new device to foster oak forest restoration via seed sowing. New Forests 46: 919-929 (DOI 10.1007/s11056-015-9478-4).
- Marañón-Jiménez S. y Castro J. (2013). Effect of decomposing burnt wood on soil fertility and nutrient availability in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Biogeochemistry 112: 519-535.
- Castro J., Allen C.D., Molina-Morales M., Marañón-Jiménez S., Sánchez Miranda A. y Zamora R. (2011). Salvage logging versus the use of burnt wood as a nurse object to promote post-fire tree seedling establishment. Restoration Ecology 19: 537-544.