Núria Aquilué Junyent

Postdoctoral researcher
Canada Research Chair in Forest Resilience to Global Changes
Directeur: Christian Messier

Université du Québec à Montréal
Department of Biological Science
141, Av. du Président-Kennedy, H2X 3Y7 Montréal, Québec, Canada

Associate researcher
Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC )
Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology lab (ECOLAND )


  • Ph.D in Environmental Sciences - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 2013 - 2018
  • M.Sc. in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Centre for Ecological and Forestry Applications Research (CREAF), 2010
  • Postgraduate course in Quantitative Techniques for Financial Products - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), 2008
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics - Faculty of Mathematics and Statistics • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), 2005

Research project

In a nutshell:
Species functional traits and network theory to characterise forest landscape resilience to natural disturbances.

Resilience of fragmented forest landscapes in temperate Quebec

Fragmented forest landscapes of southern Quebec face multiple drivers of global change. Native and exotic insect outbreaks, prolonged drought events and pressure from current harvesting practices put at risk ecosystem functioning and the services and goods such forests provide to society. Landscape-scale, forest management plans taking into account climate change, shifts in natural disturbance regimes and variations in timber supply are indeed envisaged.

Forêt Montmorency, Québec

This project aims at evaluating forest managment options for a fragmented landscape in temperate Quebec in a context of global change. We will model forest landscape and disturbance dynamics with LANDIS-II model and test alternative forest management policies that increase forest resilience to natural disturbances. Within this modelling framework, we will explicitly deal with climate influence on ecological processes (e.g. growth, mortality, recruitment) and impact of natural disturbances (e.g. drought and insect outbreaks) on forest communities. We then will use a new coined apporach to characterise forest landscape resilience based on tree species functional traits and topological properties of the forest network.

Main outcomes of the project will be an understanding of forest dynamics under a changing climate and shifting natural regimes and a set of recommendations for managers and planners to increase forest resistance and resilience to face a changing and uncertain future.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Messier, C., Bauhus, J., Doyon, F., Maure, F., Sousa-Silva, R., Nolet, P., Mina, M., Aquilué, N., Fortin, M.-J., Puettmann, K. (2018). The functional complex network approach to foster forest resilience to global changes. Forest Ecosystems (in press).
  2. Messier, C., Maure, F., Aquilué, N. (2018). Une nouvelle approche pour immuniser nos forêts contre l’incertitude (essai). Schweiz Z Forstwes 169(4):199-202. (Schweizerische Zeitschrift fur Forstwesen )
  3. Aquilué N., De Cáceres M., Fortin, M.-J., Fall, A., Brotons L. (2017). A spatial allocation procedure to model land-use/land-cover changes: accounting for occurrence and spread processes. Ecological Modelling 344:73-86. (Ecological Modelling )
  4. Duane A., Aquilué N., Gil-Tena A., Brotons L. (2016). Integrating fire spread patterns in fire modelling at landscape scale. Environmental Modelling and Software 86:219-231. (Environmental Modelling and Software )
  5. Gil-Tena A., Aquilué N., Duane A., De Cáceres M., Brotons L. (2016). Mediterranean fire regime effects on pine-oak forest landscape mosaics under global change in NE Spain. European Journal of Forest Research 135(2):403-416. (European Journal of Forest Research )
  6. Regos, A., Aquilué, N., López, I., Codina, M., Retana J., Brotons, L. (2016). Synergies between forest biomass extraction for bioenergy and fire suppression in Mediterranean ecosystems: insights from a storyline-and-simulation approach. Ecosystems 19:786–802. (Ecosystems )
  7. Wallace, J., Aquilué, N., Archambault, C., Carpentier, S., Francoeur, X., Greffard, M., Laforest, I., Galicia, L., Messier. C. (2015). Present forest management structures and policies in temperate forests of Mexico : Challenges and prospects for unique tree species assemblages. The Forestry Chronicle 91(3):306-317. (The Forestry Chronicle )
  8. Cardador, L., De Cáceres, M., Giralt, D., Bota, G., Aquilué N., Arroyo, B., Mougeot, F., Cantero-Martínez, C., Viladomiu, L., Rosell, J., Casas, F., Estrada, A., Álvaro-Fuentes, J., Brotons, L. (2015). Tools for exploring habitat suitability for steppe birds under land use change scenarios. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 200:119-125. (Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment )
  9. Regos, A., Aquilué, N., Retana J., De Cáceres, M., Brotons, L. (2014). Using Unplanned Fires to Help Suppressing Future Large Fires in Mediterranean Forests. PLoS ONE 9(4):e94906. (PLoS ONE )
  10. Brotons, L., Aquilué, N., de Cáceres, M., Fortin, M.-J., Fall, A. (2013). How Fire History, Fire Suppression Practices and Climate Change Affect Wildfire Regimes in Mediterranean Landscapes. PLoS ONE 8:1-12. (PLoS ONE )
  11. De Cáceres, M., Brotons, L., Aquilué, N., Fortin, M.-J. (2013). The combined effects of land-use legacies and novel fire regimes on bird distributions in the Mediterranean. Journal of Biogeography 40:1535-1547. (Journal of Biogeography )


Aquilué, N. (2018). Managing forest landscapes under global changes: Simulation models for scenario evaluation. Ph.D Thesis, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Master's Thesis

Aquilué, N. (2010). Calibració d'un model espacio-temporal de paisatge: l'impacte del règim d'incendis a Catalunya. Master's Thesis, UAB - CREAF.


  1. Duane, A., Aquilué, N., Brotons, L. (2018). Global change and fire regimes in Mediterranean Ecosystems. Forum on Catalan Wildfire Research, Barcelona, Spain, 6 Novembre 2018.
  2. Mina, M., Fortin, M.-J., Aquilué, N., Messier, C. (2018). Coupling tree-community and landscape models with functional diversity and network theories for resilience-based forest management. ESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States of America, 5 - 10 August 2018.
  3. Aquilué, N., Moran-Ordónez, A., Brotons, L. (2018). How global bioeconomy policies and local fire managemetn drive Mediterranean forest landscapes and their associated fire regimes. European Congress of Conservation Biology, Jyväskylá, Finland, 12 - 5 June 2018.
  4. Gil-Tena, A., Canelles, Q., Duane, A., Aquilué, N., Morán-Ordóñez, A., Comas, L., Beltrán, M., Vericat, P., Retana J., Vayreda, J., Piqué, M., Brotons, L. (2017). Estimación y proyección de la idoneidad climática y del crecimiento potencial de las principales especies arbóreas forestales de Cataluña. 7º Congreso Forestal Español, Plasencia, Cáceres, Spain, 26 - 30 June 2017.
  5. Canelles, Q., Gil-Tena, A., Duane, A., Aquilué, N., Vayreda, J., Brotons, L. (2017). Parametrización de modelos dinámicos de vegetación a escala de paisaje mediante el uso del Inventario Forestal Nacional. 7º Congreso Forestal Español, Plasencia, Cáceres, Spain, 26 - 30 June 2017
  6. Aquilué, N., Fortin, M.-J., Messier, C., Brotons, L. (2017). Using land-use changes to influence the fire regime in fire-prone landscapes. World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Barcelona, Spain, 5 - 9 June 2017
  7. Duane, A., Aquilué, N., Brotons, L. (2017). The challenge of emergence in fire regimes in landscape succession models. World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Barcelona, Spain, 5 - 9 June 2017.
  8. Aquilué, N., Duane, A., Gil-Tena, A., Fortin, M.J., Messier, C., Brotons, L. (2016). Evaluating forest and fire management effects on landscape dynamics: a modeling approach in Mediterranean ecosystems. The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference, Towson University, MD, USA, 8-12 May 2016.
  9. Aquilué, N., Gil-Tena, A., Fortin, M.-J., Brotons, L. (2016). Reversing rural abandonment trends to mitigate large fire impacts on Mediterranean forest ecosystems. 10e Colloque annuel du CEF, UQAM, Montréal, Canada, 2-3 May 2016.
  10. Aquilué, N., Fortin, M.J, Messier, C., Brotons, L. (2015). Transforming a EU Mediterranean landscape matrix: reversing rural abandonment to reinforce large scale resistance to wildfires. 9th International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) World Congress, Portland, Oregon, USA, 5-10 July 2015.
  11. Gil-Tena, A., Aquilué, N., De Cáceres, M., Brotons, L. (2014). Effects of fire regime changes on the extent and seral statge structure of Mediterranean pines: a landscape dynamics modelling approach. 5th International Conference on Mediterranean Pines (Medpine5), Solsona, Spain, 22-26 September 2014.
  12. Regos, A., Aquilué, N., Gil-Tena, A., Duane, A., De Cáceres, M., Brotons, L. (2014). MEDFIRE model: A spatially-explicit tool aimed at supporting fire and forest management decisions in Mediterranean regions. FIREeffiecient Workshop, Solsona, Spain, 25 June 2014.
  13. Regos, A., Brotons, L., Aquilué, N., De Cáceres, M. (2013). Uso de estrategias oportunistas de extinción para reducir el impacto de los incendios en condiciones climáticas extremas. 6º Congreso Forestal Español, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 10-14 June 2013.
  14. Gil-Tena, A., De Cáceres, M., Aquilué, N., Regos, A., Villero, D., Saura, S., Brotons, L. (2013). Modelización del hábitat de Pino laricio (Pinus nigra spp salzmannii) y de los cambios en su conectividad dentro de la Red Natura 2000 en futuros escenarios de cambio climático. 6º Congreso Forestal Español, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 10-14 June 2013.

Work experience

  • Research assistant at the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Lab (Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia, Catalonia, Spain. Jul 2010 – Aug 2013)
- Desing, implementation, calibration, and validation of landscape dynamic models (LDMs) using the modeling platform SELES® (Spatially Explicit Landscape Event Simulator) and R for the statistical analysis.
  • GIS programmer with the GRUMETS (Methods and Applications in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems) research group (UAB, Catalonia, Spain. Oct 2009 – Jun 2010)
- Program Remote Sensing and GIS applications in language C for the GIS software MiraMon®.
  • Programmer and Database manager at SegurCaixa Holding, S.A. (Barcelona, Spain. May 2006 – Set 2009)
- Database design and management for controlling financial investments protocols and optimizing investment & cost-effectiveness reports generation.

Teaching experience

  • M.Sc. student co-supervision:
García, C. (2012) Modelització del Creixement de les espècies Pinus nigra i Quercus ilex a Catalunya. Master's Thesis, UAB - CREAF.
  • Auxiliary teaching staff:
Statistics II. Faculty of Informatics, UPC. 2001 – 2002 and 2002 – 2003 academic courses

Scholarships & Awards

  • Scholarship for finishing graduate students by the Forest Complexity Modelling program (2016-2017, NSERC)
  • Excellence scholarship for graduate students of the Faculty of Sciences (2016-2017, Fondation de l'UQAM)
  • Excellence scholarship for graduate students of the Faculty of Sciences (2015-2016, Fondation de l'UQAM)
  • Excellence scholarship for graduate students of the Faculty of Sciences (2014-2015, Fondation de l'UQAM)
  • Excellence scholarship for graduate students of the Faculty of Sciences (2013-2014, Fondation de l'UQAM)
  • Ph.D. fellowship by the Forest Complexity Modelling program (2013-2016, NSERC)
  • Supplemental tuition fee exemption scholarship (2013-2016, AGAUR, Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • Grant to the highest global grade on the M.Sc. in Remote Sensing and GIS (2010, UAB and CREAF).
  • European mobility scholarship for one academic semester at Universidade do Porto, Portugal (2004, UPC)
  • ERASMUS fellowship for one academic course at Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy (2003, European Community and UPC)


  • Programming languages: C, R - Rtools - Rmarkdown, MATLAB, and Visual Basic
  • Landscape dynamics modeling: SELES
  • Geographic Information Systems: ArcGis, MiraMon, and ENVI
  • Database: Access, SQL, and SQL Server
  • Web map service: MapServer, GeoServer, and MiraMon Map Server
  • Version control system: Git and GitHub

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