Luna Morcillo Julià

Position: Researcher

During recent years, Dr. Luna Morcillo has focused part of her research within the Mediterranean Center for Environmental Studies (CEAM) on the following research lines:
– The effect of extreme events such as droughts, fires and incidence of pests, and the interaction among these factors, on the decline processes of Mediterranean ecosystems, in the context of climate change.
– Applied research to obtain solutions in the field of ecological management and restoration of degraded Mediterranean ecosystems.


Scientific Ids:
Google Scholar:

Mas, E, Vilagrosa, A, Morcillo, L, … & Grossiord, C. 2023. Mixing oak and pine trees in Mediterranean forests increases hydraulic dysfunctions. PLANT BIOLOGY, in review.


Mas, E, Vilagrosa, A, Morcillo, L, … & Grossiord, C. 2023. Droughts in Mediterranean forests are not alleviated by diversity-driven water source partitioning. PREPRINT.


Mas, E, Cochard, H, Deluigi, J, Didion -Gency, M, Martin -StPaul, N, Morcillo, L, …& Grossiord, C. 2023. Interactions between beech and oak seedlings can modify the effects of hotter droughts and the onset of hydraulic failure. NEW PHYTOL, I.F: 9.4 (2023) //Q1.


Morcillo, L, Turrión, D, Fuentes, D, Vilagrosa, A. 2023. Drone-based assessment of microsite-scale hydrological processes promoted by restoration actions in early post-mining ecological restoration stages. Journal of Environmental Management, 348, 119468. I.F: 8.7 //Q1.


Morcillo, L, Bautista, S. 2022. Interacting water, nutrients, and shrub age control steppe grass-on-shrub competition: Implications for restoration. Ecosphere, 13:1-13. I.F: 3.59 (2021) //Q2.


Vicente, E, Didion Gency, M, Morcillo, L, Morin, X, Vilagrosa, A, Grossiord, C. 2022. Aridity and cold temperatures drive divergent adjustments of European beech xylem  anatomy, hydraulics, and leaf physiological traits. TREE PHYSIOL, I.F: 4.56 (2021) //Q1.


Morcillo, L, Turrion, D, Soliveres, S, Chirino, E, Vallejo, VR, Vilagrosa, A. 2022. Moderate pine cover maximizes 10-year survival and growth in late-successional species of contrasting functional strategies. FOREST ECOL MANAG, 509. I.F: 4.38 (2021) //Q1.


Morcillo, L, Muñoz Rengifo, J, Torres Ruiz, JM, Delzon, S, Moutahir, H, Vilagrosa, A. 2022. Post-drought conditions and hydraulic dysfunction determine tree resilience and mortality across Mediterranean Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) populations after an extreme drought event. TREE PHYSIOL, I.F: 4.56 (2021) //Q1.


Chevilly, S., Dolz-Edo, L., López-Nicolás, JM., Martinez-Sanchez, G., Morcillo, L.,…& Mulet, J.M. 2021. Distinctive traits for drought and salt stress tolerance in melon (Cucumis melo L.). Frontiers in Plant Science, 2471. I.F: 6.63 //Q1.


Chevilly, S., Dolz-Edo, L., Morcillo, L.,…& José M. Mulet. 2021. Identification of distinctive physiological and molecular responses to salt stress among tolerant and sensitive cultivars of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Italica). BMC Plant Biology, 21, 1-16. I.F: 5.26 //Q1.


Sabater, AM., Vicente, E., Morcillo, L.,…& Vilagrosa, A. 2021. Water-Based Forest Management of Mediterranean Pine Forests. Book Chapter in Pines and Their Mixed Forest Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin (pp. 727-746). Springer, Cham.


Chevilly, S., Dolz-Edo, L., López-Nicolás, JM., Morcillo, L.,…& Mulet, J.M. 2021. Physiological and Molecular Characterization of the Differential Response of Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Italica) Cultivars Reveals Limiting Factors for Broccoli Tolerance to Drought Stress. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 69, 35:10394–10404. I.F: 5.89 //Q1.


Rodríguez-Hernández, MC., Morcillo, L., Garmendia, I.  2021. Sensitivity of quinoa cv. “Titicaca” to low salinity conditions. Folia Horticuturae, 33: 1-11. I.F: 1.93 //Q2.


Turrión D., Morcillo, L., Alloza, JA., Vilagrosa, A. 2021. Innovative Techniques for Landscape Recovery after Clay Mining under Mediterranean Conditions. Sustainability, 13, 3439. I.F: 3.89 //Q2.


Morcillo, L., Moutahir, H., Cortina, J., Vilagrosa, A. 2020. The role of population and half-sib family on driving suitable traits for Quercus suber forest restoration. Forests 11(6),680. I.F: 2.63 //Q1.


Morcillo, L., Camacho-Garzón, A., Calderón J.S., Bautista, S. 2019. Functional similarity and competitive simmetry control productivity in mixtures of Mediterraneal perennial grasses. PLoSONE, 14 – 8, pp. 1 – 17. I.F: 2.8 //Q2.


Morcillo, L., Gallego, D., González, E., Vilagrosa, A. 2019. Forest decline triggered by phloem parasitism-related biotic factors in Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis). Forests, 10 – 608, pp. 1- 18. I.F: 2.1 //Q2.


Brooker, R.W., Karley A. J., Morcillo, L., Newton, A.C., Pakeman, R.J., Schöb, C. 2018. Crop presence, but not genetic diversity, impacts on the rare arable plant Valerianella rimosa, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Online version DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2018.1437646. I.F: 1.41 //Q2.


Schöb, C., Hortal, S., Karley, A.J., Morcillo, L., Newton, A.C., Pakeman, R.J.,Powell, J.F., Anderson, I.C., Brooker, R.W. 2018. Data from: Species but not genotype diversity strongly impacts the establishment of rare colonisers. Dryad, Dataset,


Schöb, C., Hortal, S., Karley A.J., Morcillo, L., Newton, A.C., Pakeman, R.J., Powell, J.R., Brooker, R.W. 2016. Plant community species (but not genotype) diversity has big impacts on the establishment of rare colonisers. Functional Ecology, 31: 1462-1470. I.F: 5.6 //Q1.


Pakeman, R.J., Karley A. J., Newton, A.C., Morcillo, L., Brooker, R.W., Schöb, C. 2015. A trait-based approach to crop-weed interactions. European Journal of Agronomy, 70: 22-32. I.F.: 4.24 //Q1.


Schöb, C., Kerle, S., Karley, A. J., Morcillo, L., Pakeman, R. J., Newton, A. C. and Brooker, R. W. 2015. Intraspecific genetic diversity and composition modify species-level diversity–productivity relationships. New Phytologist, 205: 720-730. I.F.: 7.2 //Q1.


Valdecantos, A., Fuente, D., Smanis, A., Llovet, J., Morcillo L; Bautista, S. 2014. Effectiveness of Low-Cost Planting Techniques for Improving Water Availability to Olea europaea Seedlings in Degraded Drylands. Restoration Ecology, 22: 327-335. I.F.: 1.84 //Q2.


  • COST-CA19128 (2020-2024): Pan-European Network for Climate Adaptive Forest Restoration and Reforestation (PEN-CAFoRR).
  • CLIMB-FOREST (2022-2026): CLImate Mitigation and Bioeconomy pathways for sustainable FORESTry. [HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01-09]
  • EVER_PROMETEO (2023-2026): Extreme eVEnts Affecting the Valencian Region: Heat waves, droughts, megafires and air pollution (EVER). [CIPROM/2022/37].
  • INERTIA_HYDROMED (2020-2023): Ecosystem vulnerability promoted by interactions among recurrent fires and intense droughts (INERTIA). [PID2019-111332RB-C22].
  • INCLINE (2022): Analysis of the biotic and abiotic factors triggering forest decline processes in Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) populations in the Valencian Region. Consequences in ecosystem´s dynamic. [CIGE/2021/152].
  • IMAGINA_PROMETEO (2019-2022): IMpactos del cAmbio Global en la cuenca MediterráNeAoccidental: Meteorología, contaminación atmosférica y ecosistemas forestales. (IMAGINA). [PROMETEU/2019/110].
  • LIFE_TECMINE (217-2022): Innovative techniques for Facies Weald and Utrillas mine restoration. [LIFE16 ENV/ES/000159].
  • SURVIVE-2 (2016-2018): Vulnerabilidad de especies y comunidades mediterráneas a la recurrencia de incendios y sequias extremas. Efectos sobre el balance hídrico y la dinámica de la comunidad. (SURVIVE-2).
  • CASCADE (2012-2017): project (EU) Catastrophic Shifts in drylands: How can we prevent ecosystem degradation?. [GA283068].
  • PRACTICE (2009-2012): U Prevention and Restoration Actions to Combat Desertification. An Integrated Assessment. [GA226818].
  • LORAIN (2009-2012): Interacción entre Recursos Hídricos y Nutricionales en la Restauración de Áreas Semiáridas Degradadas. [AGL 2008-05532-C02-02/FOR].
  • CREOAK (2003-2005): Conservation and restoration of European cork oak woodlands: A unique ecosystem in the balance. [QLRT-2001-01594].
  • TraitDivNet Global Network, University of Tartu, Estonia.
  • PEN-CAFoRR Pan-European Network for Climate Adaptive Forest Restoration and Reforestation (CA19128), European Commission.
  • Red Española de Selvicultura Adaptativa al Cambio Climático.
  • Sequías e incendios: comprensión de los impactos y resiliencia de los ecosistemas mediterráneos (FOVI220065), Universidad de Aysén, Chile.