I develop my research in intermittent streams and rivers. Although temporary rivers are present in all climate areas, accounting approximately for one half of the global river network, most river research have focused on perennial waters, and thus, the current paradigms in river science and management have emerged and developed from and for permanent rivers. My research aims of increasing and improving our ecological knowledge of temporary rivers. In this context, I have worked in several interrelated topics: food web ecology, macroinvertebrate community ecology, fish ecology, ecosystem functioning, terrestrial-aquatic fluxes, fire ecology… My postdoctoral research project focuses on the ecology and conservation of freshwater fish in temporary rivers.
Great part of my research has focused on the extinction of the ecological role of keystone species, i.e. the loss of relationships due to the extinction of irreplaceable species and its consequences for ecosystem functioning. Consequently, I am also interested in species reintroduction, ecological replacement, and rewilding discourses.
In a broader perspective as Environmental Scientist, I read ecosystems as socio-ecological complexities, and thus, I am interested in several topics in the frontier of nature, society, and culture. I am looking for expanding my research to the fields of Environmental Ethics and Animal Ethics, with an especial emphasis in the social perceptions of nature.
Rodríguez-Lozano, P., Rieradevall, M., & Prat, N. (2016) Top predator absence enhances leaf breakdown in an intermittent stream. Science of The Total Environment, 572: 1123–1131. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.021
Rodríguez-Lozano, P., Verkaik, I., Maceda-Veiga, A., Monroy, M., de Sostoa, A., Rieradevall, M., & Prat, N. (2016) A trait-based approach reveals the feeding selectivity of a small endangered Mediterranean fish. Ecology and Evolution, 6(19): 3299–3310. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2117
Rodríguez-Lozano, P., Rieradevall, M., Rau, M.A. & Prat, N. (2015) Long-term consequences of a wildfire for leaf-litter breakdown in a Mediterranean stream. Freshwater Science, 34(4): 1482–1493. doi: 10.1086/683432
Rodríguez-Lozano, P., Verkaik, I., Rieradevall, M. & Prat, N. (2015) Small but powerful: top predator local extinction affects ecosystem structure and function in an intermittent stream. PLoS ONE, 10(2): e0117630. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117630