Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez

Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez

Researcher

Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC)

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.

Interests

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

Education

  • PhD in Ecology, 2010

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • MSc in Ecology, 2005

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • BSc in Biology, 2001

    Universidad de Sevilla

Research

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

Gracias / Thank you

I have just come back from a wonderful meeting of the Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Association ( AEET) where I received a prize for contributing towards a more open and reproducible science.

Using DHARMa to check Bayesian models fitted with brms

The R package DHARMa is incredibly useful to check many different kinds of statistical models. It can be used with Bayesian models too, although it requires a few more lines of code.

Accessing data from large online rasters with Cloud-Optimized-Geotiff, GDAL, and terra R package

Quite often we want to extract climatic or environmental data from large global raster files. The traditional workflow requires downloading the rasters (quite often many GB) and then performing data extraction in your local computer.

New website

I created my former website (https://sites.google.com/site/rodriguezsanchezf/) 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!

MEDECOS-AEET Meeting

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:

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