Ciro Cabal

Ciro  Cabal

Ciro Cabal

PhD candidate
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
101 Eno Hall

 

As a plant ecologist, I am broadly interested in the mechanisms that explain the structure and physionomy of vegetation, and the plant community composition. BS and MS by Complutense University of Madrid, I have worked in plant diversity conservation projects, and on the effects of (anthropogenic) nitrogen deposition on Mediterranean shrublands in Spain before coming to Princeton. My interest for theoretical ecology awakened during my undergraduate studies, when I worked in my first modeling project, trying to develop a simple model of carbon uptake and storage in a Spanish Holm Oak stands. I joined the Pacala lab as a graduate student in 2016 motivated by my interest in the theoretical approach to understanding shrublands and the threats they are facing due to anthropogenic global change. I will be devoting these years of my life starting my career as a shrubland ecologists, working in my PhD project, combining theoretical and matematical modeling with field work and greenhouse experiments in colaboration with the Valladares lab in Madrid. I will specifically look at: (i) How the reproduction allocation may explain the existance of shrubs (small woody plants) in disturbed or stresful environments. (ii) How root competition may explain plant density and spatiall patterns along water availability gradients.