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Jorge Aldea

Jorge Aldea
Postdoctor at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Presentation

My research interest is related to silvicultural practices and forest management as adaptation tool to global change. Lately, my research has been directed towards growth, management and resilience of mixed-species stands. Mixed-species forests are generally linked to a lower vulnerability to biotic and abiotic disturbances, although the knowledge regarding the different aspects of stability, as resistance, resilience and growth temporal variation, is still insufficient.

Previously, I have carried out research on ecology, forest management and modelling of wild edible forest mushrooms yield. Accordingly, I have collaborated in several scientific studies on the economic value and recreational benefits generated by mushroom harvesters.

Some of my studies were also based on multi-criteria methodology, as goal or compromise programming, in deterministic and stochastic scenarios to integrate several ecosystem services into forest management plan.

Many of my findings are directly relevant to addressing problems related to forest management and environmental change in Mediterranean and temperate forest. Currently, my research is focused to identifying the most optimal composition and management of Sweden and European temperate mixed forests in order to reduce natural and socio-economic impacts of climate change.

Teaching

I taught graduate students during my PhD fellowship in Valladolid University (Spain) in Forestry field, especially focuses on “Forestry and global change”. My teaching during these courses included theoretical classes, practices and field exercises about silviculture and biomass modelling.

Currently I collaborate teaching into the following courses at the Southern Swedish Forest Researc Centre:

Sustainable forestry in southern Sweden

Broadleaves - Forest dynamics, biodiversity and management for multiple use

Research

My primary research interests include mixed forest management as one of the main options for adapting to and reducing risks of climate change. This focus is driven by the growing immediacy of addressing such issues in Sweden and globally. Accordingly, I am currently involved in the Swedish-Finnish project about Management of Mixed-boreal forest and in a European network (see links below) to respond to the urgent need to adapt forest management to promote and improve forest resilience at different spatial and temporal scales in European forest stands. I usually employ dendrochronological methodologies, electronic or band dendrometers to test climate and tree growth interaction, and I am also familiar with other techniques as densitometry and wood isotopic analysis.

How to integrate several ecosystem services into forest management plan via multi-criteria methodology, as goal or compromise programming, was also part of my research in previous publications.

I also conducted research on ecology, forest management, modelling and the economic value of wild edible mushrooms yield.

Cooperation

I have collaborated and participated somehow in the following projects:

1. Evaluation of birch growth resilience to extreme drought events. SLU's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment programs Forest, Wildlife and Climate. Principal researcher: Jorge Aldea. SLU (Sweden)

2. Management of Mixed-forest : Diversity to forests and bioeconomy. Kungl. Skogs- och Lantbruksakademiens (KSLA). Principal researcher: Emma Holmström. SLU (Sweden)

3. Drought vulnerability in time and space of Norway spruce and Scots pine forests as a basis for decision support. SLU's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment programs Forest, Wildlife and Climate. Principal researcher: Jorge Aldea. SLU (Sweden)

4. REFORM-Mixed Species forest management. Lowering risk, increasing resilience. EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. Principal researcher: Miren del Río. Valladolid University-INIA (Spain)

5. EuMIXFOR-European Network on Mixed Forests. EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. Cost-Action. Principal researcher: Andrés Bravo. INIA (Spain)

6. FORMIXING - Complexity and sustainability in mixed forests systems: dynamics, silviculture and adaptive management tools. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Spanish Government. Principal researcher: Felipe Bravo and Miren del Río. Valladolid University-INIA (Spain)

7. SIMWOOD: Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood. European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. Principal researcher: Roland Schreiber. Bavarian State Institute of Forestry (LWF)

8. Forestry strategies for adaptation and mitigation to climate change in pine forestation. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Spanish Government. Principal researcher: Miren del Río and Felipe Bravo. Valladolid University-INIA (Spain)

9. RECAMAN: Manufactured and environmental total incomes of Andalusian forest. Junta de Andalucía. Regional Spanish Government. Principal researcher: Pablo Campos. CSIC (Spain)

10.  MICOSYLVA: Silvicultural forest management for stands producing wild edible mushroom as a source of rural development. European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. INTERREG IV B SUDOE. Principal researcher: Fernando Martínez-Peña. CITA Aragón (Spain)

11. Boletus edulis (sensu lato) diversity conservation in production areas of mycological harvest. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Spanish Government. Xavier Parladé; Fernando Martínez Peña; Eva Guillamón. IRTA-INIA (Spain)

Background

*B.Sc. and M.Sc. (combined) in Forestry, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, 2008.
*Forest engineer in private enterprise and regional public forest research centre (2008-2013)
*M.Sc. in Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Systems, University of Valladolid, Spain, 2014.
*Extraordinary award of master's degree, University of Valladolid, Spain, 2014.
*PhD. Student research fellowship, University of Valladolid, Spain, 2014-2018.
*Ph.D. in Forestry, University of Valladolid, Spain, 2018.

Supervision

I am currently involved with the supervision of several master's theses on Forest Science at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre:

Mater thesis programs

EUROFORESTER

Selected publications

International peer reviewed publications 

1. Aldea, J., Ruiz-Peinado, R., del Río, M., Pretzsch, H., Heym, M., Brazaitis, G., Jansons, A., Metslaid, M., Barbeito, I., Bielak, K., Granhus, A., Holm, S.-O., Nothdurft, A., Sitko, R., Löf, M., 2021. Species stratification and weather conditions drive tree growth in Scots pine and Norway spruce mixed stands along Europe. For. Ecol. Manage. 481. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118697

2. Ruiz-Peinado, R., Pretzsch, H., Heym, M., Löf, M., Aldea, J., Bielak, K., Barbeito, I., Brazaitis, G., Drössler, L., Granhus, A., Holm, S.O., Jansons, A., Metslaid, M., Nothdurft, A., Reventlow, O.J., Sitko, R., del Río, M., 2021. Mixing effects on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) productivity analysed along a climatic gradient across Europe. For. Ecol. Manage. 482. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118834

3. Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Vázquez-Piqué, J., Ruíz-Peinado, R., del Río, M., 2020. Differences in stem radial variation between Pinus pinaster Ait. and Quercus pyrenaica Willd. may release inter-specific competition. For. Ecol. Manage. 118779. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118779

4. Moreno-Fernández, D., Aldea, J., Gea-Izquierdo, G. et al. Influence of climate and thinning on Quercus pyrenaica Willd. coppices growth dynamics. Eur J Forest Res (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10342-020-01322-3

5. Steckel, M., del Río, M., Heym, M. et al. 2020. Species mixing reduces drought susceptibility of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and oak (Quercus robur L., Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) – site water supply and fertility modify the mixing effect. Forest Ecology and Management.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.117908

6. Pretzsch, H., Steckel, M., Heym, M. et al. 2019. Stand growth and structure of mixed-species and monospecific stands of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and oak (Q. robur L., Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) analysed along a productivity gradient through Europe. Eur J Forest Res. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10342-019-01233-y

7.  Campos, P., Caparrós, A., Oviedo J.L. et al 2019. Bridging the Gap Between National and Ecosystem Accounting Application in Andalusian Forests, Spain. Ecological Economics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.017

8. Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Vázquez-Piqué, J., Rubio-Cuadrado, A., Del Río, M., 2018. Species-specific weather response in the daily stem variation cycles of Mediterranean pine-oak mixed stands. Agric. For. Meteorol. 256-257, 220–230. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.03.013

9.  Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Bravo-Oviedo, A., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Rodriguez, F. del Río, M. 2017. Thinning enhances the species-specific radial increment response to drought in Mediterranean pine-oak stands. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 237, 371-383

10. Alday, J., Bonet, J.A., Oria de Rueda, J.A., Martínez de Aragón, J., Aldea, J., Martín-Pinto, P., de Miguel, S., Hernández-Rodriguez, M., Martínez-Peña, F. Bravo, F., Vázquez-Piqué, J., Rubio, A., del Río, M. 2017. Record breaking mushroom yields in Spain. Fungal Ecology, 26, 144-146.

11. De Frutos, P., Martínez-Peña, F., Aldea, J., Campos, P. 2016. A Model to Estimate Willingness to Pay for Harvest Permits for Wild Edible Mushrooms: Application to Andalusian. Forests 7(12) 292.

12. Andrew, C., Heegard, E., Halvorsen, R., Martínez-Peña, F., Egli, S., Kirk, P., Bässler, C., Büintgen, U., Aldea, J., Hoiland, K., Boddy, L., Kauserud H. 2016. Climate impacts on fungal community and trait dynamics. Fungal Ecology 22, 17-25.

13. Büntgen, U., Egli, S., Galván, J.D., Díez, J.M., Aldea, J., Latorre, J., Martínez-Peña, F. 2015. Drought-induced changes in the phenology, productivity and diversity of Spanish fungi. Fungal Ecology. 16, pp. 6 -18.

14. Aldea, J., Martínez-Peña, F., Romero, C., Díaz-Balteiro, L. 2015. Participatory Goal Programming in Forest Management: An Application Integrating Several Ecosystem Services. Forests. 5 (12) 3352 - 3371.

15. Alonso-Ponce R., Agreda, T., Agueda, B., Aldea, J., Martínez-Peña, F. Modrego, M.P. 2014. Soil physical properties influence “black truffle” fructification in plantations. Mycorrhiza. 24, 55 – 64

16. Büntgen, U., Martínez-Peña F., Aldea, J., Ringling, A., Fischer, E.M., Camarero, J.J., Hayes, M.J., Fatton, V., Egli, S. 2013. Declining pine growth in Central Spain coincides with increasing diurnal temperature range since the 1970s. Global and Planetary Change. 107, 177 - 185.

17.  Aldea, J., Martínez-Peña, F., Díaz-Balteiro, L. 2013. Integration of fungal production in forest management using a multi-criteria method. European Journal of Forest Research.131, 1991 - 2003.

18. Martinez-Peña, F., de Miguel, S., Pukkala, T., Bonet, J.A., Ortega-Martinez, P., Aldea, J., Martinez de Aragon, J. 2012.Yield models for ectomycorrhizal mushrooms in Pinus sylvestris forests with special focus on Boletus edulis and Lactarius group deliciosus. Forest Ecology and Management. 282, 63 – 69.

19.  Alonso-Ponce, R., Águeda, B., Ágreda, T., Modrego, M.P., Aldea, J., Fernández-Toirán, L.M., Martínez-Peña, F. 2011. Rockroses and Boletus edulis ectomycorrhizal association: realized niche and climatic suitability in Spain. Fungal Ecology. 4 – 3, 224 - 232.

20.  Alonso-Ponce, R., Águeda, B., Ágreda, T., Modrego, M.P., Aldea, J., Martínez-Peña, F. 2010. Un modelo de potencialidad climática para la trufa negra (Tuber melanosporum) en Teruel (España). Forest Systems. 19 - 2, pp. 208 – 220

Other scientific publications

1.  Aldea, J. Bravo, F., Bravo-Oviedo, A., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Rodríguez, F. del Río, M. Thinning effect on intra-annual radial increment of mixed stands composed by Pinus pinaster Ait. and Quercus pyrenaica Willd. VII Spanish National Forest Congress. Plasencia (Spain), June 2017. (oral)

2.  Riofrío, J., del Río, M., Aldea, J., Bravo, F. Complementarity relationships of Mediterranean pines in mixed forest stands: analysis from intra-annual radial increment patterns. VII Spanish National Forest Congress. Plasencia (Spain), June 2017. (oral)

3.  Uzquiano, S., Barbeito, I., Martínez, J., Riofrío, J., Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Dendrometric measurements with Laser Scanner (TLS) in mixed forests. VII Spanish National Forest Congress. Plasencia (Spain), June 2017. (oral)

4.  Campos P. et al. Bridging the gap between National and Ecosystem Accounting. 2017 Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP) CSIC, Working Paper. 2017-04. digital.csic.es

5.  Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Vázquez-Piqué, J., Bravo-Oviedo, A., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Rubio, A., del Río, M. Effect of ecological factors on intra-annual radial variation cycles in pine-oak Mediterranean mixed forest stand. EuMIXFOR Cost Action Final Conference. Prague (Czech Republic). October 2016 (oral)

6.   Aldea, J. Bravo, F., del Río, M. Thinning effect on intra-annual radial increment of pine-oak mixed stands. II Mixed Forest Stands Conference. Pontevedra (Spain), Nov. 2016. (oral)

7.   Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Bravo-Oviedo, A., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Rodríguez, F. del Río, M. Inter and intra-annual growth response of Pinus pinaster and Quercus pyrenaica mixed forest stand to different thinning treatments. X Young Researchers Meeting on Conservation and Sustainable use of Forest Systems. Segovia (Spain), January 2016. (oral)

8.   Aldea, J., Bravo, F., Bravo-Oviedo, A., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Rodríguez, F. del Río, M. Inter and intra-annual growth response of Pinus pinaster and Quercus pyrenaica mixed stand to different thinning intensities. EuMIXFOR Cost Action: Silviculture of mixed forests in Europe. Arezzo (Italy), May 2015. (oral)

9.  Aldea, J., Climate change effects on edible wild mushrooms yields. Micosylva+ Interreg IVB SUDOE: II International Symposium of Myco-silviculture and Mycological Resource Valorization. Montpellier (France), March 2015 (oral)

10.  Aldea, J., Díaz-Balteiro, L. Forest management model of "Pinar Grande" forest (Spain) under different risk scenarios using multicriterio techniques. IX Young Researchers Meeting on Conservation and Sustainable use of Forest Systems. Segovia (Spain), January 2015. (oral)

11.  Aldea, J., Alonso-Ponce, R., Martínez-Peña, F. Mushroom harvest planning in forest of the Castilla y León region. VIII Young Researchers Meeting on Conservation and Sustainable use of Forest Systems. Segovia (Spain), Feb. 2014. (poster)

12. Otarola, M., Bravo, F., Martínez-Peña, F., Aldea, J. Yield model for Boletus edulis in Pinus sylvestris stands: an alternative to deal with the excess of zeros for fitted models. VI Spanish National Forest Congress. Vitoria (Spain), June 2013. (oral)

13. Aldea, J., Díaz-Balteiro, L. Joint production of timber and mushrooms: the example of Pinar Grande forest. Micosylva Interreg IVB SUDOE: I International Symposium of Myco-silviculture and Mycological Resource Valorization. Valladolid (Spain), April 2013 (oral)

14. Campos, P., Mártinez-Peña, F., Aldea, J., Income and capital of private and public mushroom harvest. Micosylva Interreg IVB SUDOE: I International Symposium of Myco-silviculture and Mycological Resource Valorization. Valladolid (Spain), April 2013 (oral)

15. Alonso-Ponce, R., Ágreda, T., Águeda, B., Aldea, J., Martínez-Peña, F., Modrego, M.P. Physical properties of soils also drive black truffle frutification in plantations. International Congress of Trufficulture. Zaragoza (Spain), March 2013 (oral)

16. Aldea, J., Martínez-Peña, F., Díaz-Balteiro, L. Integration of fungal production in forest management using a multi-criteria method. VII Young Researchers Meeting on Conservation and Sustainable use of Forest Systems. Segovia (Spain), Dec. 2012. (oral)