We study patterns and mechanisms that shape the recovery of ecosystems after anthropogenic disturbance over long periods of time (centuries to millennia). Our findings strive to improve current efforts and strategies to restore degraded ecosystems and conserve “undisturbed” ones and to increase the complexity of ecological design and engineering. We combine observations and experimental research with analytical reviews in ecosystems in all impacted biomes, from the arctic to the tropics.


2022 - Veronica Cruz goes back to the Universidad de Alcalá with a lecturer position

2022 - View the Dyett Lecture that David gave at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Dyett Lecture on YouTube

Recent Publications

Zhong Y, Xue Z, Davis CC, Moreno-Mateos D, Jiang M, Liu B, Wang G. 2022. Shrinking habitats and native species loss under climate change: a multifactorial risk assessment of China’s inland wetlands. Earth’s Future. 6:2021EF002630 (52).

Meng Y, Gou R, Bai J, Moreno-Mateos D, Davis C, Wan L, Song S, Zhang H, Zhu X, Lin G. 2022. Spatial patterns and driving factors of carbon stocks in mangrove forests on Hainan Island, China. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 31:1692-1706 (51).

Santos MJ, Smith AB, Dekker SC, Eppinga MB, Leitão PJ, Moreno-Mateos D, Morueta-Holme N, Ruggeri M. 2021. The role of land use and land cover change in climate change vulnerability assessments of biodiversity: a systematic review. Landscape Ecology. 36:3367–3382 (50).