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Ikerbasque Research fellow, bc3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change

A Rangeland Ecologist working on pastoralism since 2001, Pablo started his career with ecological research in Spain. He later expanded his interests into social, legal and economic knowledge fields by collaborating with NGOs and the government in Spain, and working from 2007 to 2009 on rural sustainable development issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has worked globally since 2010, first coordinating the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism at IUCN in Nairobi, and later the Pastoralist Knowledge Hub at FAO in Rome. Pablo has worked from Nairobi as an international freelance consultant, focusing on ecological, anthropological and economic research, as well as livestock development and conservation issues. After a two-year post-doc at the University of Helsinki, he is now working as Ikerbasque Research Fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change in Bilbao, Spain. In his research he tries to transpond the perspectives gathered during his career into interdisciplinary research, particularly on grazed systems and on livestock-mediated socioecosystems.


  • 2022–present
    Ikerbasque Research Fellow, Basque Center for Climate Change
  • 2022–present
    Visiting researcher, University of Helsinki
  • 2020–2021
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Helsinki
  • 2020–2021
    Associate researcher, Basque Center for Climate Change
  • 2015–2020
    International consultant, independent
  • 2019–2020
    Visiting researcher, University of Helsinki
  • 2014–2015
    Coordinator, Pastoralist Knowledge Hub, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • 2010–2014
    Global Coordinator, World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • 2010–2010
    Project researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • 2007–2009
    Pastoralism expert, Black Vulture Conservation Foundation
  • 2002–2007
    Postgraduate researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


  • 2015 
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, PhD
  • 2004 
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, MSc
  • 2003 
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid, PGCE
  • 2001 
    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, BSc


  • 2022
    Developing national legal and policy frameworks for pastoral mobility, FAO
  • 2022
    Animal source foods in healthy, sustainable, and ethical diets – an argument against drastic limitation of livestock in the food system, Animal
  • 2021
    Current social and rangeland access trends among pastoralists in the western Algerian steppe, Land
  • 2021
    Toward a holistic understanding of pastoralism, One Earth
  • 2021
    The role of the European small ruminant dairy sector on stabilizing global temperatures: lessons from GWP* warming-equivalent emission metrics., J Dairy Res
  • 2020
    COVID-19 in pastoral contexts in the Greater Horn of Africa: implications and recommendations. , Pastoralism
  • 2020
    The role of livestock in food security, poverty reduction and wealth creation in West Africa., FAO
  • 2019
    Herbivore corridors sustain genetic footprint in plant populations: a case for Spanish drove roads., PeerJ
  • 2019
    Intensifying pastoralism may not reduce greenhouse gas emissions: wildlife-dominated landscape scenarios as a baseline in life cycle analysis., Clim Res
  • 2017
    Towards integrated understanding of rhizosphere phenomenon as ecological driver: can rhizoculture improve agricutural and forestry systems?, Soil biological communities and ecosystem resilience.
  • 2017
    Development interventions on pastoralist areas: a new decision matrix to identify win-win situations and no-go zones., The Solutions Journal
  • 2017
    Plant community assembly in Mediterranean grasslands: Understanding the interplay between grazing pressure and spatio-temporal water availability., J Veg Sci
  • 2015
    Pastoralist Ownership of Rural Transformation: The adequate path to change., Development
  • 2015
    Pastoralist Participation and Networking in Policy dialogue: Dimensions and Challenges., UNEP Perspectives
  • 2014
    The Governance of Rangelands: Collective Action for Sustainable Pastoralism., Routledge
  • 2013
    Drove roads as local biodiversity reservoirs: effects on landscape pattern and plant communities in a Mediterranean region. , Appl Veg Sci
  • 2012
    Policies in support of pastoralism and biodiversity in the heterogeneous drylands of East Africa., Pastoralism
  • 2012
    Supporting Sustainable Pastoral Livelihoods: A Global Perspective on Minimum Standards and Good Practices., IUCN
  • 2012
    Shaping policies. Science-policy interface in Natural Resources Management., Conservation and sustainable development. Linking practice and policy in Eastern Africa.
  • 2011
    The land we graze. A synthesis of case studies about how pastoralists’ organizations defend their land rights. , IUCN
  • 2011
    A fable on voracious and gourmet ants: ant-seed interactions from predation to dispersal., Predation in the Hymenoptera: An Evolutionary perspective.
  • 2011
    Process-based functions for seed retention on animals: a test of improved descriptions of dispersal using multiple data sets., Oikos
  • 2010
    The resistance response of Solanum huaylasense accession LA1358 to Meloidogyne spp., Nematropica
  • 2010
    Are ecologists blind to small things? The missed stories on non-tropical seed predation on feces., Oikos
  • 2010
    Past, present and future of trashumancia in Spain: nomadism in a developed country., Pastoralism
  • 2010
    Testing seed-size predictions in Mediterranean annual grasslands., Seed Sci Res
  • 2008
    Sobre la presencia de Vicia dasycarpa Ten. en el centro peninsular , Lagascalia
  • 2006
    Extreme long distance dispersal by adhesion on transhumant sheep., Front Ecol Env
  • 2005
    Sheep gut passage and survival of Mediterranean shrub seeds., Seed Sci Res

Professional Memberships

  • Red Remedia

Research Areas

  • Ecological Applications (0501)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)
  • Farming Systems Research (070107)
  • Agro Ecosystem Function And Prediction (070301)
  • Anthropology Of Development (160101)
  • Economic Geography (160401)
  • Social And Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)
  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology (160102)