Short scientific visit to Crete
Dr. Raquel Benavides is a junior researcher at the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC). She participated in the EFIMED Scientific Seminar in Avignon in April 2011, receiving the internship prize for the poster she presented: “Effects of climate change in Pinus sylvestris recruitment: an approach through an elevation gradient”.
Dr. Benavides spent a week at the Geoinformation in Environmental Management Department of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), in Crete, Greece in October. She has used this chance to further develop her work on "Spatial analyses of recruitment of adult trees of different forest species along their elevation gradient: an approach to climate change" by improving her methodological tools. She said "the most relevant result and in connection to the rationale of this visit has been the new interaction between the group of Geoinformation on Environmental Management and my research group. This internship has been very useful to exchange research lines and the interests of the ongoing projects in both groups". She also had the opportunity to visit the Herbarium and the Seed Bank of the Institute. Dr. Benavides also gave a lecture to students of the Geoinformation in Environmental Management masters' programme at MAICh, and talked about the projects she is working on.
Photo: Raquel Benavides
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