Spanish Connections


Spain and California have Mediterranean oak woodlands, and share some challenges and opportunities in natural resource management.  Our current work centers on the ecosystem services managed oak woodlands provide to society.  A paper comparing Spain and California is available here: Diversification and Conservation, Spain and California. A complete list of papers and CV are available at the faculty site.

In 2003, INIA [Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria] and the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources signed an MOU agreeing to foster shared research.  We have been very fortunate in having scientists and students from CSIC [Spanish National Research Council]  and INIA visit Berkeley.  Dr. Jose Oviedo, of CSIC, is  a frequent visitor.

We published a book in 2013, comparing the working oak woodlands of Spain and California!  Forty four authors, from Spain and California, worked together.  Each chapter presents a comparison of as aspect of the woodlands, including ecoystem services, history, remote sensing, acorn production, and livestock husbandry.  Available on Amazon and for download on SpringerLink.

Mediterranean Oak Woodland Working Landscapes: Dehesas of Spain and Ranchlands of California, edited by Pablo Campos, Lynn Huntsinger, Jose Oviedo, Paul Starrs, Mario Diaz, Richard Standiford, and Gregorio Montero.

cover oak book

The Table of Contents follows:

 Part I.  Setting

1. Working Landscapes of the Spanish  Dehesa and  the California Oak  Woodlands: An Introduction.
Lynn Huntsinger, Pablo Campos, Paul F. Starrs, José L. Oviedo, Mario Díaz, Richard B. Standiford and Gregorio Montero

2. History and  Recent  Trends
Peter S. Alagona, Antonio Linares, Pablo Campos and Lynn Huntsinger

Part II.  Vegetation

3. Climatic Influence  on Oak  Landscape Distributions
Sonia Roig, Rand R. Evett, Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo, Isabel Cañellas and Otilio Sánchez-Palomares

4. Soil and Water Dynamics  
Susanne Schnabel, Randy A. Dahlgren and Gerardo Moreno-Marcos

5. Oak  Regeneration: Ecological  Dynamics  and  Restoration Techniques
Fernando Pulido, Doug McCreary, Isabel Cañellas, Mitchel McClaran and Tobias Plieninger

6. Overstory–Understory Relationships
Gerardo Moreno, James W. Bartolome, Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo and Isabel Cañellas

7. Acorn Production Patterns
Walter D. Koenig, Mario Díaz, Fernando Pulido, Reyes Alejano, Elena Beamonte and Johannes M. H. Knops

Part III.  Management, Uses, and  Ecosystem  Response

8. Effects of Management on Biological Diversity and Endangered Species
Mario Díaz, William D. Tietje and Reginald H. Barrett

9. Models  of Oak  Woodland Silvopastoral Management
Richard B. Standiford, Paola Ovando, Pablo Campos and Gregorio Montero

10. Raising Livestock in Oak Woodlands
Juan de Dios Vargas, Lynn Huntsinger and Paul F. Starrs

11. Hunting in Managed Oak  Woodlands: Contrasts Among  Similarities
Luke T. Macaulay, Paul F. Starrs and Juan Carranza

Part IV.  Economics

12. Economics of Ecosystem  Services
Alejandro Caparrós, Lynn Huntsinger, José L. Oviedo, Tobias Plieninger and Pablo Campos

13. The  Private Economy  of Dehesas  and  Ranches: Case  Studies
José L. Oviedo, Paola Ovando, Larry Forero, Lynn Huntsinger, Alejandro Álvarez, Bruno Mesa and Pablo Campos

Part V.  Landscape

14. Recent  Oak  Woodland Dynamics: A Comparative Ecological Study  at the Landscape Scale
Ramón Elena-Rosselló,  Maggi Kelly, Sergio González-Avila, Alexandra Martín, David Sánchez de Ron, and José M. García del Barrio

Part VI. Conclusions

15. Whither Working Oak  Woodlands? 
Paul F. Starrs, José L. Oviedo, Pablo Campos, Lynn Huntsinger, Mario Díaz, Richard B. Standiford and Gregorio Montero