general aim of the research of Fernando Valladares
has been to study the response of terrestrial
ecosystems to changing environmental conditions.
The underlying intention has been to contribute
to the general issue of global change from the
more specific aspects of plant ecology and evolution
involved in his daily research. Among the studies
addressed during the last twenty years of uninterrupted
research, FV has also tried to identify general
principles that can be applied to the restoration
of degraded ecosystems, and that can be used
as a basis for environmental policies primarily
dealing with dry, Mediterranean-type ecosystems.