He is graduated in Biology, in Pharmacy, and as software programmer analyst, and obtained a PhD in ecology for the University of Barcelona. He is now Research Professor of the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC) at Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), and director of the Global Ecology Unit CREAF-CSIC-UB-UAB at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
He has received many awards and honors, both national and international. Among them, Comte de Barcelona 1990, NASA 1993, Japon science minestery 1998, Premi Medi Ambient Institut d’Estudis Catalans-Caixa Sabadell 2008, Premi Nacional de Recerca de Catalunya 2010, ERC-Synergy 2013, silver badge of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans 2014, Premio Rey Jaime I 2015 and Ramon Margalef Ecology prize 2016, Doctor Honoris Causa by the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia (2016).
He is highly cited scientist in ecology/environment, in plant and animal sciences, agricultural sciences, geosciences and in all science fields of the ISI essential science indicators (H-Index is currently 100 GS, and his works have received more than 45.000 citations GS at december 5th, 2017).
He has published 6 books on ecology, more than 1000 papers in scientific journals and books (more than 600 in journals of the Science Citation Index; 35 in Nature journals, 3 in Science, 7 in PNAS, 16 in Trends in Plant Science, 6 in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 1 in eLife, as well as in highest profile scientific journals in ecology and environmental sciences: 41 in Global Change Biology, 15 in Global Ecology and Biogeography, 4 in Ecology Letters; remote sensing: 13 in Remote Sensing of Environment; and plant biology: 25 in New Phytologist), 120 book chapters, monographs and international proceedings, more than 250 articles on popular science in Catalan and Spanish newspapers (La Vanguardia, Avui, El País, El Temps…). It is also outstanding his labour popularizing science issues at international and national scale.
He has been visiting professor or visiting scientist in many universities and centers in all the continents, including for example, Los Angeles, Washington, Duke, Lancaster, Avignon, Paris, Saint Andrews, Mexico, Tokyo, Sheffield, Boulder, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Vancouver, Boulder, Hawaii, Mexico, Danah Latu, Canberra, Beijing, Oxford, Princeton, Cambrisdge, Stanford, Berkeley, among many others.
His recent subjects of study are: global change, climàtic 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.
He has been principal investigator or scientific coordinator of several European Union, Spanish and Catalan projects funded by public research agencies and by private foundations. Among them he has been awarded with ERC-Synergy 2014-2020 grant. Supervision of young researchers: 42 PhD theses, 45 Master theses, 47 postdocs.
He is currently member of the editorial board of Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, Trends in Plant Science, Global Ecology and Biogeography, New Phytologist, Remote Sensing of the Environment, Atmospheric Pollution Research, e-Forestry, Journal of Plant Ecology, Diversity, 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, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (USA), Trends in Ecology and Evolution, among many others) and in the evaluation of several international research centers and projects of several national and International reserach programmes. He is member of several academies and international and national scientific associations