Former member (Visiting Scholar)
I am a Lecturer at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). I am mainly interested in forest ecology, species interactions and management and conservation of Mediterranean systems. My main research topic is biotic interactions, either plant-animal (seed dispersal, herbivory, granivory) or plant-plant interactions (e.g. plant facilitation). I'm currently working on the project BIOSTRESS (European Union), where we aim to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying plant interactions at increasing levels of biotic and abiotic stress in order to improve our knowledge of how ecosystems can respond to current global change. Most of my ongoing work is on oak-dominated Mediterranean systems in California and Spain where I examine the regeneration process in order to preserve these highly valuable systems. Another main component of my research is trying to improve the science underpinning restoration and conservation practices to help managers, companies and decision-makers to satisfy the increasing demands of restoring degraded lands (e.g. overgrazed) and conserving threatened species and systems.
Keywords: Seed dispersal, oak regeneration, herbivory, wild ungulates, browsing, plant facilitation, forest management, animal behavior, biodiversity and conservation.
Posts by Ramón Perea
- New paper: Phenotypic plasticity in plant defense across life stages: Inducibility, transgenerational induction, and transgenerational priming in wild radish
- Janzen-Connell at 50: Where are we? – An ATBC Panel Discussion
- Exciting news and awards
- NOT all species are equal before global warming
- Expert prognosis for the planet – we’re on track for a ghastly future