Department of Geography and the Environment

In the Field with Dr. Pérez: Vegetation Patterns on the Island of Mallorca, Spain

Mon, July 29, 2013
Panorama of the Formentor Peninsula- beautiful blue ocean and Aleppo pine.
Panorama of the Formentor Peninsula- beautiful blue ocean and Aleppo pine.

Professor Francisco Pérez spent part of this last summer studying natural vegetation patterns at various scales (macro and micro) on limestone substrates of the northern mountains of the island of Mallorca, Spain. His subjects included dense stands of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) and Mediterranean shrubs on the precipitous cliffs and sea stacks along the Formentor Peninsula, and the curious but locally common circular growth of native grasses on the Sierra de Tramontana. Dr. Pérez’s research interests include Mountain Geoecology, Vegetation Ecology, Soils, Alpine Geomorphology, and Biogeomorphology. Learn more on Dr. Pérez’s faculty profile

 

The circular growth of the grasses in Sierra de Tramontana

Circular growth of the Sierra de Tramontana

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