Miquel De Cáceres is a senior researcher (Ramon y Cajal programme) at Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC, Solsona, Spain). He is interested in the description and modeling of ecological communities from the scale of vegetation stands to landscapes and regions. His work follows two research lines, one in Ecological Statistics and the other in Ecological Modeling.
Regarding Ecological Statistics, he is mostly interested in improving the statistical methods used in community ecology analyses. So far, his contributions have focused on the development and comparison of methods used to quantify and analyze plant beta diversity, to classify vegetation patterns using plot records and to assess the indicator value of species occurrences. He is co-author of stand-alone statistical software, and of several packages for the R statistical environment.
His interests in Ecological Modeling are centered on developing modeling frameworks to better assess the response of biodiversity to global change drivers at the regional scale. His contributions have been centered on the development of spatially explicit landscape simulation models and on improving bird species distribution models by incorporating species dispersal, population dynamics and biotic interactions.
His current research is mostly focused in the development of spatially explicit landscape simulation models able to integrate multiple global change drivers (wildfires, drought, land uses, forest management) of Mediterranean ecosystems.