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Fernando Silla Cortés
Profesor Contratado Doctor
Area of Ecology
Dept. of Animal Biology, Parasitology, Ecology, Edaphology and Agronomic Chemistry
Faculty of Biology – USAL
Contact Information
  Phone: (+34) 923294464
  E-mail: fsilla@usal.es


  • B.S. (Biology) – University of Salamanca. 1994
  • M.S. (Ecology) – Austral University of Chili. 1997
  • Ph.D. (Biology) – University of Salamanca. 2001

Research Interests

Forest dynamics, ecophysiology, dendrochronology, climate change, biodiversity and conservation


I am broadly interested in the study of the processes responsible of organization and functioning of forest ecosystems. Lately, I’ve been working in the study of mechanisms, from organ (leaves and fine roots) to population level, that explain the coexistence of tree species. Additionally, I am interest in how, in the context of Climate Change, biotic and abiotic factors affect to recruitment, growth, competition and survivorship of tree species.

My research projects are focused in the ecophysiology, regeneration and population dynamics of the more representative tree genera of Mediterranean ecosystems in the Iberian Peninsula: Quercus, Pinus and Juniperus. Occasionally, I work in Latin America, with special emphasis in forest dynamics and carbon storage, in both temperate and tropical ecosystems.

Selected Publications

Silla F, González-Gil A, González-Molina ME, Mediavilla S, & Escudero A. 2010. Estimation of chlorophyll in Quercus leaves using a portable chlorophyll meter: effects of species and leaf age. Annals of Forest Science 67 (1): 108p1- 108p7

Silla F, Fleury M, Mediavilla S & Escudero A. 2008. Effects of simulated herbivory on photosynthesis and N resorption efficiency in Quercus pyrenaica Willd. saplings. Tree: structure and function 22: 785-793

Silla F. & Escudero A. 2006. Coupling N cycling and N productivity in relation to seasonal stress in Quercus pyrenaica Willd. saplings. Plant and Soil 282: 301-311(PDF 1) pdf 1

Silla F & Escudero A. 2004. Nitrogen Use Efficiency: trade-offs between N productivity and mean residence time at organ, plant and population level. Functional Ecology 18: 511-521 (PDF 2) pdf 2

Silla F & Escudero A. 2003. Uptake, demand and nitrogen internal cycling in saplings of Mediterranean Quercus species. Oecologia 136: 28-36 (PDF 3) pdf 3

Lara A, Wolodarsky-Franke A, Aravena JC, Cortés MA, Fraver S, & Silla F. 2003. Fire regimes and forest dynamics in the Lake Region of south-central Chile. In: Veblen TT, Baker WL, Montenegro G & Swetnam TW (eds) Fire and climate change in temperate ecosystems of the western Americas. Ecological Studies Series 160: 322-342. Springer-Verlag NY.

Silla F, Fraver S, Lara A, Allnut TR, & Newton AC. 2002. Regeneration and stand dynamics of Fitzroya cupressoides (Cupressaceae) forests of Southern Chile’s Central Depression. Forest Ecology and Management 165: 213-224 (PDF 4) pdf 4
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