Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

Long-Term Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Technologies

 

During the last year of my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences (2006), I got engaged in research in the Ecology Unit of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where I worked as a research assistant in a project that aimed to study plant-pollinator relations in Mediterranean communities of shrubs. Since then, I have worked almost continuously on topics concerning the environment and its interaction with the society.

In 2008 I obtained a MSc in Environmental Studies and Ecological Economics at the Institute for Environmental Sciences and Technology (ICTA) of the UAB. The purpose of my master thesis was to examine the attitude of the population towards the use of reclaimed water in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region.

In 2012 I obtained a PhD on Terrestrial Ecology in the Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF). The main objective of my PhD was to study the relative role of earwigs as pests versus biocontrol agents in citrus groves.

Agroecology is my main research interest. Within this field, I am particularly interested in which management techniques should be used to sustain the world without compromising the current and the future needs. For this purpose, I currently study two controversial but really interesting topics: biofuels and genetically modified crops.

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Carla is also working with the NaturEtrade project developing ecosystem services layers for the tool, in particular contributing to algorithm development for carbon assessment and engagement with Spanish landowner groups for landuse change testing and workshop facilitation.


Selected Publications


Romeu-Dalmau C, Gasparatos A, von Maltitz G, Graham A, Almagro-Garcia J, Wilebore B, Willis K. 2016. Impacts of land use change due to biofuel crops on climate regulation services: five case studies in Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland. Biomass and Bioenergy.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Espadaler X, Piñol J. 2016. Management implications of earwigs’ overwintering sites in a Mediterranean citrus grove. International Journal of Pest Management. DOI: 10.1080/09670874.2015.1129079

Romeu-Dalmau C, Bonsall M, Willis K, Dolan L, 2015. Asiatic cotton can generate similar economic benefits to Bt cotton under rainfed conditions in India. Nature Plants, doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.72.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Piñol J, Espadaler X, 2012. Friend or foe? The role of earwigs in a Mediterranean organic citrus orchard. Biological Control 63, 143-149.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Piñol J, Agustí N, 2012. Detecting aphid predation by earwigs in organic citrus orchards using molecular markers. Bulletin of Entomological Research 102, 566-572.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Espadaler X, Piñol J, 2012. Abundance, interannual variation and potential pest predator role of two co-occurring earwig species in citrus canopies. Journal of Applied Entomology 136, 501-509.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Espadaler X, Piñol J, 2010. A simple method to differentially exclude ants from tree canopies based on ant body size. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 1, 188-191.

Outreach publications

Romeu-Dalmau C, April 2016. Genetically modified crops: contamination. Principia Magazine [in Spanish]. http://principia.io/2016/04/28/redescubriendo-los-transgenicos-contaminacion/

Romeu-Dalmau C, January 2016. Genetically modified crops: pests and weeds. Principia Magazine [in Spanish]. http://principia.io/2016/01/14/redescubriendo-los-transgenicos-plagas-y-malas-hierbas/

Romeu-Dalmau C, Gu P, Scott S, Grafton-Cardwell B, 2012. Earwigs: pests or beneficials in California citrus orchards? Citrograph 3, 18-22.

Invited talks

Romeu-Dalmau C, 2015. The socio-economic and ecological impacts of genetically modified crops. Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Romeu-Dalmau C, 2015. The impact of genetically modified cotton compared to Asiatic cotton in India. IRTA (Institute of Research on Agricultural Technologies), Cabrils, Spain.

Conference presentations

Romeu-Dalmau C, Gasparatos A, von Maltitz G, Graham A, Willis K, 2015. Impacts of land use change due to biofuel crops on climate regulation services in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Gasparatos A, Romeu-Dalmau C, von Maltitz G, Johnson FX, Jumbe C, Ochieng C, Luhanga D, Mudombi S, Nyambane A, 2015. Operationalizing the ecosystem services approach for biofuel landscapes. Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

von Maltitz G, Mudombi S, Gasparatos A, Romeu-Dalmau C, Johnson FX, Jumbe C, Ochieng C, Luhanga D, Mudombi S, Nyambane A, 2015. Impacts of biofuel projects on multidimensional poverty: evidence from southern African case studies. Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Romeu-Dalmau C, MB Bonsall, K Willis, L Dolan 2014. Socioeconomic and agroecological factors influence the impact of Bt cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L) in India. BES and SFE Joint Annual Meeting, Lille, France.

J Piñol, C Romeu-Dalmau, X Espadaler, N Agustí, WOC Symondson. 2013. Massive DNA sequencing of predator gut contents to resolve food webs: the diet of two co-occurring species of earwigs (Insecta: Dermaptera). BES Annual meeting in INTECOL, London, UK.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Piñol J, Espadaler X, Agustí, N, 2012. The relative role of earwigs as pests versus biocontrol agents in Mediterranean organic citrus canopies. Multitrophic Interactions Workshop, Göttingen, Germany.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Piñol J, Agustí, N, 2011. Group-specific primers for DNA-based detection of aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in earwigs. VII National Congress on Applied Entomology, Baeza, Spain.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Espadaler X, Piñol J, 2011. Abundance, interannual variation and potential pest predator role of two co-occurring earwig species in citrus canopies. ESA Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Piñol J, Espadaler X, 2010. Ant and earwig exclusion effects on citrus aphids and on flower survival. BES Annual Meeting, University of Leeds, UK..

Piñol J, Espadaler X, Romeu-Dalmau C, Cañellas N, 2010. Independent effect of ant and earwig exclusion on the arthropod assemblage of citrus canopies in the Mediterranean. BES Annual Meeting, University of Leeds, UK.

Piñol J, Espadaler X, Cañellas N, Mestre L, Romeu-Dalmau C, Cama A, Martínez-Vilalta J, 2010. Ant vs. bird exclusion effects on the arthropod assemblage of an organic citrus grove. ESA Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Romeu-Dalmau C, Perarnau J, Domènech L, 2008. Urgent measures against preventives measures in drought scenarios: the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona case study. XI Coloquio Ibérico de Geografía, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

Domènech L, Romeu-Dalmau C, Perarnau J, Saurí, D, 2008. The role of the alternative sources of water in the generation of sustainable urban landscapes. Conference Landscape, Water & Sustainability, Expo Zaragoza, Spain.