Dr. Raúl Ochoa Hueso
Principal Investigator (Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Biology, Botany Area, UCA; Honorary Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology [NIOO-KNAW])
Raúl is an ecosystem ecologist broadly interested in understanding the effects of global change on the biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems and their functioning, for which he uses a wide range of experimental and analytical approaches. In his studies, he typically considers communities of microorganisms, plants, and soil invertebrates, and usually focus on the role of soils and climate as modulators of community response. He is also interested in understanding how global change impacts affect key ecosystem services such as soil fertility, nutrient cycling and above-ground and below-ground carbon storage. Since he joined the Vitivinicultural and Agrifood Research Institute (IVAGRO) at the University of Cádiz, he has also become profoundly interested in viticulture and the development of sustainable strategies that can contribute to regenerate the biodiversity and functioning of vineyards, particularly those of the Marco de Jerez region, Cádiz, in the Southwest of Spain. At the University of Cádiz, Raúl teaches Botany to enologists and biotechnologists.