Javier Cabello Piñar

Director of CAESCG and head of the Ecosystem Functioning and Regional Ecology team - Ecozonar (Arid Zone Ecology).

Javier Cabello Piñar

I studied at the University of Granada. I have a degree and a PhD in Biological Sciences. After some years teaching in Secondary Education, most of my professional career has been as a teacher at the University of Almeria, where I was trained as a researcher in Botany and Ecology.I have also taught courses and masters at the University of Granada and the International University of Andalusia. In the field of consultancy I have been collaborating with the Ministry of Ecological Transition for more than 10 years in the Biogeographic Process of the Habitats Directive in Europe, and in the development of a monitoring system based on remote sensing of the Spanish Network of National Parks. At the regional level (Andalusia) I am a member of the Participation Council of the Sierra Nevada Natural Area and the Biodiversity Council of the province of Almeria. 

Since 2022 I am Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems at the University of Almeria. I teach at the University of Almeria Global Change and Socioecological Systems and Conservation and Management of Species in the Degree in Environmental Sciences, Methods for Biodiversity Monitoring in the Master in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services. I am also professor of Ecosystem Functions and Services in the Master of Conservation, Management and Restoration of Biodiversity at the University of Granada.


My research focuses on the assessment of ecosystem functioning and services, biodiversity and ecosystems in arid zones and translational ecology. For this, I conduct field sampling (biodiversity, radiometry and vegetation ecophysiology) at local scales, and use remote sensing techniques and geographic information systems for studies at regional or global scales. I am also interested in the development of transdisciplinary processes to improve the interaction between science, managers, decision-makers and society in the implementation of environmental policies, particularly those aimed at biodiversity conservation. More recently, I have incorporated into my work the analysis of the relationships between ecosystems and human systems.

RESEARCH GROUP: Ecozonar (Ecology of Arid Zones) (RNM-174)


  • Ecosystem functions and services.
  • Biodiversity conservation.
  • Socio-ecological systems.


  • Network of Global Change Observatories of Andalusia.
  • LTSER - Long Term Socio-economic and Ecosystem Research.
  • GEOBON ecosystem functions and ecosystem services groups.


  • https://www.lifeadaptamed.eu/
  • Scientific Infrastructures for Monitoring and Adaptation to Global Change in Andalusia (INDALO, LIFEWATCH-2019-04-AMA-01).
  • Nature-based solutions for resilient management of the hydrological cycle in mountain areas: the traditional water management systems of Sierra Nevada (NbS4Water)


  • PUBLONS: https://publons.com/researcher/564517/javier-cabello/
  • Twitter: @jcabellopi


Earth Observations of Human-Nature Interactions from a Cultural Ecosystem Service Perspective Remote Sensing in Sierra Nevada: From Abiotic Processes to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions and Services The potential of groundwater-dependent ecosystems to enhance soil biological activity and soil fertility in drylands A data-driven methodological routine to identify key indicators
for social-ecological system archetype mapping
Mask R-CNN and OBIA Fusion Improves the Segmentation of Scattered Vegetation in Very High-Resolution Optical Sensors. Squandering water in drylands: The water use strategy of the phreatophyte Ziziphus lotus in a groundwater dependent ecosystem Integrating inductive and deductive analysis to identify and characterize archetypical social-ecological systems and their changes. Modular growth and functional heterophylly of the phreatophyte Ziziphus lotus: A trait-based study. A multiple-trait analysis of ecohydrological acclimatisation in a dryland phreatophytic shrub Social indicators of ecosystem restoration for enhancing human wellbeing Patterns of ecosystem functioning as tool for biological regionalization: the case of the Mediterranean-desert-tropical transition of Baja California Spatiotemporal variations in groundwater and evaporative demand drive ecophysiological functioning of a phreatophyte in drylands An interdisciplinary assessment of private conservation areas in the Western United States An expert-based reference list of variables for characterizing and monitoring social-ecological systems Incorporating ecosystem functional diversity into geographic conservation priorities using remotely-sensed Ecosystem Functional Types Impulsando estrategias colectivas ciencia-gestión-sociedad para conservar el hábitat de Ziziphus lotus (Hábitat Prioritario 5220) MONOGRÁFICO: Interfaz ciencia-gestión-sociedad en el ámbito de la conservación: avances conceptuales y metodológicos How to apply remote sensing techniques to precision farming: 2 practical cases by Garnata drone Tree Cover Estimation in Global Drylands from Space Using Deep Learning Social learning for facilitating dialogue and understanding of the ecosystem services approach: lessons from a cross-border experience in the Alboran Marine Basin Six collective challenges for sustainability of the Almería greenhouse horticulture A multi-temporal object-based image analysis to detect long-lived shrub cover changes in drylands Valores y argumentos para la conservación de la diversidad vegetal de Sierra Nevada. Modeling how land use legacy affects the provision of ecosystem services in Mediterranean southern Spain Trends in vegetation greenness dynamics in protected areas across borders: what are the environmental controls? Remote sensing-derived fractures and shrub patterns to identify groundwater dependence What is socio-ecological research delivering? A literature survey across 25 international LTSER platforms. Assessment of ecosystem functioning status from space: advancements in the Habitat Directive implementation Trends in the seasonal dynamics of vegetation greenness in contrasting protected areas of S Spain and N Morocco Deep-learning Versus OBIA for Scattered Shrub Detection with Google Earth Imagery: Ziziphus lotus as Case Study Remote-sensing based approach to forecast habitat quality under climate change scenarios. Exploring institutional mechanisms for scientific input into the management cycle of the National Protected Area Network of Peru: gaps and opportunities Deep-Learning Convolutional Neural Networks for scattered shrub detection with Google Earth Imagery. Sistema para el Seguimiento del funcionamiento de ecosistemas en la Red de Parques Nacionales de España mediante Teledetección Essential social-ecological functions to refine the conceptual framework of ecosystem services Implicaciones del filtrado de calidad del índice de vegetación EVI para el seguimiento funcional de ecosistemas Science-policy interfaces for addressing environmental problems in arid Spain Do protected areas networks ensure the supply of ecosystem services? Spatial patterns of two nature reserve systems in semi-arid Spain Modeling spatial distribution of European badger in arid landscapes: an ecosystem functioning approach From supply to social demand: a landscape scale analysis of the water regulation service Ecosystem service trade-offs from supply to social demand: a landscape-scale spatial analysis Environmental and human controls of ecosystem functional diversity in temperate South America Future land use effects on the connectivity of protected area networks in Southeastern Spain The role of vegetation and lithology in the spatial and inter-annual response of EVI to climate in drylands of Southeastern Spain The ecosystem functioning dimension in conservation biology: insights from remote sensing La medida de la respuesta ecosistémica Social preferences regarding the delivery of ecosystem services in a semiarid Mediterranean region Evaluating the Consistency of the 1982–1999 NDVI Trends in the Iberian Peninsula across Four Time-series Derived from the AVHRR Sensor: LTDR, GIMMS, FASIR, and PAL-II Using Ecosystem Functional Types in land-surface modeling to characterize and monitor the spatial and inter-annual variability of vegetation dynamics Use of Descriptors of Ecosystem Functioning for Monitoring a National Park Network: A Remote Sensing Approach Baseline characterization of major Iberian vegetation types based on the satellite-derived NDVI dynamics. Nueva población de Coronopus navasii Pau (Brassicaceae) en la Sierra de Gádor (Sur de España)
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