Field Station

    Dr. Alexandro B. Leverkus

    Scientific Staff at Field Station Fabrikschleichach (Postdoctoral Fellow)

    Dr. Alexandro B. Leverkus

    University of Alcala


    Research interests

    Forest disturbances in the Anthropocene: Unravelling ecological interactions between wildfire and (salvage) logging

    His research addresses the single and combined effects of multiple natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the functioning of key ecosystem processes and services. Due to ongoing shifts in disturbance regimes, our ability to manage ecosystems increasingly hinges upon understanding ecosystem responses to interactions between natural and anthropogenic disturbances. His work encompasses empirical studies and ecological synthesis, including meta-analyses. He strives to generate new understanding on the ecological consequences of interacting disturbances and elaborate on the factors that can mitigate any negative effects on the functioning and resilience of forest ecosystems.


    • Leverkus AB, García Murillo P, Jurado Doña V, García Pausas J (2019) Wildfire: Opportunity for restoration? Science 363:134-135.

    • Thorn S, Leverkus AB, Thorn CJ, Beudert B (2019) Education and knowledge determine preference for bark beetle control measures in El Salvador. J. Environ. Manage 232:138-144.

    • Castro J, Leverkus AB (2019) Effect of herbaceous layer interference on the post-fire regeneration of a serotinous pine (Pinus pinaster Aiton) across two seedling ages. Forests10:art74.

    • Leverkus AB, Thorn S, Gustafsson L, Lindenmayer DB (2018) Salvage logging in the world’s forests: Interactions between natural disturbance and logging need recognition. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(10): 1140-1154.

    • Leverkus AB, Rey Benayas JM, Castro J, Boucher D, Brewer S, Collins BM, Donato D, Fraver S, Kishchuk B, Lee E-J, Lindenmayer D, Lingua E, Macdonald E, Marzano R, Rhoades CC, Thorn S, Royo A, Wagenbrenner JW, Waldron K, Wohlgemuth T, Gustafsson L (2018) Salvage logging effects on regulating and supporting ecosystem services – A systematic map. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 48:983-1000.

    • Müller J, Noss R, Thorn S, Bässler C, Leverkus AB, Lindenmayer D (2018) Increasing disturbance demands new policies to conserve intact forest. Conservation Letters e12449

    • Thorn S, Bässler C, Brandl R, Burton P, Cahall R, Campbell JL, Castro J, Choi C-Y, Cobb T, Donato D, Durska E, Fontaine J, Gauthier S, Hebert C, Hothorn T, Hutto R, Lee E-J, Leverkus AB, Lindenmayer D, Obrist M, Rost J, Seibold S, Seidl R, Thom D, Waldron K, Wermelinger B, Winter M-B, Zmihorski M, Müller J (2018) Impacts of salvage logging on biodiversity – a meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:279-289.

    • Leverkus AB, Jaramillo-López P, Brower L, Lindenmayer D, Williams E (2017) Mexico's logging threatens butterflies. Science 358(6366):1008.

    • Leverkus AB, Carrión M, Molinas-Morales M, Castro J (2017) Effectiveness of diesel as a mammal repellent for acorns. Forests 8(8):276.

    • Molinas-González C, Leverkus AB, Castro J (2017) Dead wood decay in a burnt Mediterranean pine reforestation. Forests 8(5):158.

    • Leverkus AB, Castro J (2017) An ecosystem services approach to the ecological effects of salvage logging: Valuation of seed dispersal. Ecological Applications 27(4):1057-1063.

    • Molinas-González C, Leverkus AB, Marañón-Jiménez S, Castro J (2017) Fall rate of burnt pines across an elevational gradient in a Mediterranean mountain. European Journal of Forest Research 136(3):401-409.

    • Castro J, Molina-Morales M, Leverkus AB, Martínez-Baroja L, Pérez-Camacho L, Villar-Salvador P, Rebollo S, Rey Benayas JM (2017) Effective nut dispersal by magpies (Pica pica L.) in a Mediterranean agroecosystem. Oecologia 184(1):183-192.

    • Leverkus AB (2016) Regeneración post-incendio de la encina mediante procesos naturales y asistidos y valoración económica de los servicios ecosistémicos. Ecosistemas 25:121-127.

    • Leverkus AB, Rey Benayas JM, Castro J (2016) Shifting demographic conflicts across recruitment cohorts in a dynamic post-disturbance landscape. Ecology 97:2628-2639.

    • Leverkus AB, Castro J, Delgado-Capel MJ, Molinas-Gonzales C, Pulgar M, Marañón-Jiménez S, Delgado-Huertas A, Querejeta JI (2015) Restoring for the present or restoring for the future: Enhanced performance of two sympatric oaks (Quercus ilex and Quercus pyrenaica) above the current forest limit. Restoration Ecology. 23:936-946.

    • Leverkus AB, Rojo M, Castro J (2015) Habitat complexity and individual acorn protectors enhance the post-fire restoration of oak forests via seed sowing. Ecological Engineering 83:276-280.

    • Castro J, Leverkus AB, Fuster F (2015) A new device to foster oak forest restoration via seed sowing. New Forests 46:919-929.

    • Leverkus AB, Lorite J, Navarro FB, Sánchez-Cañete EP, Castro J (2014) Post-fire salvage logging alters species composition and reduces cover, richness, and diversity in Mediterranean plant communities. Journal of Environmental Management 133:323-331.

    • Leverkus AB, Castro J, Puerta-Piñero C, Rey-Benayas JM (2013) Suitability of the management of habitat complexity, acorn burial depth, and a chemical repellent for post-fire reforestation of oaks. Ecological Engineering 53:15-22.

    • Castro J, Puerta-Piñero C, Leverkus AB, Moreno-Rueda G, Sánchez-Miranda A (2012) Post-fire salvage logging alters a key plant-animal interaction for forest regeneration. Ecosphere 3: Art. 90

    • Leverkus AB, Puerta-Piñero C, Guzmán JR, Navarro J, Castro J. (2012) Post-fire salvage logging increases management costs and reduces seedling survival in a Mediterranean mountain ecosystem. New Forests 43: 601–613

    • Puerta Piñero C, Sánchez-Miranda A, Leverkus A, Castro J. (2010) Management of burnt wood after fire affects post-dispersal acorn predation. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 345-352.