Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez

Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez


Universidad de Sevilla

I am a computational ecologist working at the intersection between ecology, biogeography, statistics and data science. My main research line focuses on better understanding and forecasting climate change effects on biodiversity, by coupling field observations with computational approaches based on big datasets, complex statistical models, and reproducible workflows.

My research spans multiple hierarchical scales: from ecological (years, decades) to geological (million years), from field plots to entire continents, and from individuals to populations, species and communities. I am particularly interested in developing new quantitative methods and software tools to facilitate reproducible research and investigate plant demography, community dynamics, and species range shifts under climate change.

I also teach several statistics and programming courses every year. I am fond of incorporating state-of-the-art data science techniques to deliver top-quality reproducible research. I am founding member and coordinator of the ‘R Users Group’ in Sevilla and the Ecoinformatics working group of the Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Association (AEET), which aims to foster good statistical and programming practice among ecologists.


  • Global Change Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Species Range Dynamics
  • Plant Demography
  • Community Ecology
  • Forest Dynamics
  • Open & Reproducible Science
  • Statistics & Data Science
  • R Programming
  • Teaching & Active Learning


  • PhD in Ecology, 2010

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • MSc in Ecology, 2005

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • BSc in Biology, 2001

    Universidad de Sevilla


Computational Ecology & Data Science

Computational ecology, ecoinformatics, reproducible workflows, programming and data science.

Ecology and biogeography of laurel forests

Extinction, range dynamics and ecology of extant laurel forests in the Mediterranean and Macaronesia.

Ecology and conservation of southern Iberian forests

Investigating forest dynamics in the Strait of Gibraltar region.

Forest dynamics and climate change

Climate change, microclimates, and forest dynamics.

Modelling species range dynamics

New approaches to hindcast and forecast species range dynamics.

Recent Posts

New website

I created my former website ( in late 2010, when I was starting my first postdoc at the lovely University of Cambridge. After 10 years, it was about time to revamp it!


The MEDECOS-AEET conference on Mediterranean Ecology will be next week here in Sevilla. The programme looks really exciting - I’m looking forward to it. Here is what we are bringing to the meeting:

New Ecoinformatics working group

Earlier this year a few colleagues (Ignasi Bartomeus, Sara Varela, Antonio J. Pérez-Luque, and myself) created a new working group on Ecoinformatics within the Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Association (AEET). Our main goals are to promote knowledge and training and exchange experiences on all aspects of ecoinformatics, including data management, statistical modelling, programming, etc.

Reproducible Science: What, Why, How

Reproducibility is a hot topic in science nowadays (e.g. see this Nature special). Some argue that we are in the middle of a ‘reproducibility crisis’, and thus scientists are being strongly encouraged to increase the reproducibility of their research.

Reproducible workflows

As a side product (or trailer) of our paper on reproducible science, we made a video promoting reproducible workflows. Particularly, showing how using Git and Rmarkdown make your research and scientific collaboration way much easier and better, compared to a typical (non-reproducible) workflow involving Excel, Word, some figure production software, and a lot of manual steps.