Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez

Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez

Researcher

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 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 (e.g. literate programming, version control, continuous integration) 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

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