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Josep Peñuelas Reixach

Office: C5b/028

Highly cited scientist ecology/environment, in plant and animal sciences, agricultural sciences and in all science fields of the ISI essential science indicators. (h index: 96 GS, and more than 40.250 citations GS)

His recent subjects of study are: global ecology, global change, climate change, atmospheric pollution, biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds emissions, remote sensing, plant ecophysiology, functioning and structure of terrestrial plants and ecosystems, chemical ecology, ecometabolomics, macroecology, biogeochemistry, environmental sustainability, food security.

Some of the most outstanding results of Prof. Penuelas’ research include the following ones: the discovery of ecophysiological mechanisms linked to the carbon and oxygen use that help to explain the diversity and distribution of aquatic and terrestrial plants; the development of increasingly used remote sensing techniques to assess plant and ecosystem functioning (e.g. he codeveloped the PRI, photochemical reflectance index, and developed the WBI, water band index, that are becoming established tools in remote sensing); the discovery of current evidences of global change, climate change, and air pollution effects on biodiversity and structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems; the introduction of metabolomics in ecology, the study of the mechanisms and the function and effects of volatile organic compounds emissions by plants and ecosystems, the disentangling of biogeochemical processes involved in the carbon and nutrient cycles, or the development of science and policy for a sustainable planet, among many others.

He has published 6 books on ecology, more than 900 papers in scientific journals and books (more than 600 in journals of the Science Citation Index (Web of Science); 30 in Nature journals, 2 in Science, 6 in PNAS, 15 in Trends in Plant Science, 6 in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, as well as in first line scientific journals in ecology and environmental sciences: 32 in Global Change Biology, 14 in Global Ecology and Biogeography, 4 in Ecology Letters; remote sensing: 14 in Remote Sensing of Environment; and plant biology: 22 in New Phytologist), and more than 250 articles on popular science in Catalan and Spanish newspapers (La Vanguardia, Avui, El País, El Periódico...). It is also outstanding his labour popularizing science issues at international and national scale.

Prof. Penuelas has been principal investigator or scientific coordinator of several European Union, Spanish and Catalan projects financed by public research agencies and by private funding. Among them, he has been awarded with ERC-Synergy 2014-2019 grant. He has supervised 39 PhD, 42 masters, and 45 post-docs.

He is currently member of the editorial board of Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, New Phytologist, Remote Sensing of the Environment, Atmospheric Pollution Research, e-Forestry, Journal of Plant Ecology, Journal of Botany and Plant Ecology and Diversity and Trees. He collaborates in the reviewing of articles in many scientific journals, some of them of great prestige such as Science, Nature, Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (USA), Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Trends in Plant Science, among many others. He also evaluates scientific projects for several international and national programmes. He is member of several academies and international and national scientific associations

Prof. Penuelas has been visiting professor or visiting scientist in Los Angeles, Washington, Duke, Lancaster, Avignon, Paris, Saint Andrews, México, Tokyo, Sheffield, Boulder, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Vancouver, Boulder, Hawaii, Mexico, Danah Latu, Canberra, Beijing, ASU Phoenix, NAU Flagstaff, Berkeley, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton… He was Titular Professor of Ecology in the University of Barcelona until 1990 and he is involved on seminars and postgraduate courses in many of the main national and international Universities.

Prof. Penuelas has received several awards-prizes both national and international (Omnium cultural 1975, Omnium cultural 1976, Comte de Barcelona 1990, NASA 1993, Japan Ministry of Science 1998, Premi Medi Ambient Institut d'Estudis Catalans-Caixa Sabadell 2008, National Research Prize of Catalonia 2010, ERC-Synergy 2013, silver badge of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans 2014, Premio Rey Jaime I 2015, Adoptive Son of Figueres 2016, Ramon Margalef prize in Ecology 2016…). He was the president of Institució Catalana d'Història Natural and adviser of CADS (Consell Asessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible), Generalitat of Catalonia.


Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds emissions, Atmospheric pollution, Functioning and structure of Mediterranean terrestrial plants and ecosystems, Chemical ecology and metabolomics, Macroecology and evolutionary ecology

Global ecology, Ecophysiology, Atmosphere-biosphere, Chemical ecology and metabolomics, Chemical ecology, ecotoxicology and metabolomics

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