Professor of Forest Ecology at the School of Forest and Environmental Engineering, EIFORNAT-UPM, (Forest EUIT), Department of Silvopasciculture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Forestry Engineer (1977) and Doctor (1982).
Predoc fellow of the Ecology Department of INIA (1979-1982); Postdoc researcher of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology of the United Kingdom (1982). Postdoc fellow at the Department of Ecology, INIA (1982-1985). Researcher by opposition of the Department of Forestry and Forest Management of INIA (1985-1988). Principal Investigator of INIA (1988 to 1993). Research Scientist in the Department of Forestry and Resource Management at UC Berkeley (1991). Since 1993 Professor of US at the UPM, until today. During this period he was Deputy Director of the Department of Silvopasciculture (1994 to 1999) and since 1999 he has been Deputy Director of Research and Curricula of the EUITF. In April 2012 he is accredited by ANECA for the body of University Professors.
From its creation in 2005 until May 2012, Responsible Researcher of the Research Group ECOGESFOR of the UPM.
In his research activity, he is specialized in Forest Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Forest Climatology, Biogeoclimatic Modelling of the Territory and Ecological Evaluation of Forest Stations.
After her Doctoral Thesis on the Silvoclimatic Classification of the Duero River Basin, she has been working on the following lines with competitive national and European projects: Forestry Climatology (Doctoral Thesis), Parametric autoecology of forest tree species (Pino laricio, Alcornoque, Castaño, Haya); Biogeoclimatic classifications (Navarra, Spanish CLATERES); Correlation of European Forest Station Classification Systems, Monitoring of the Evolutionary Dynamics of Spanish Rural Landscapes (SISPARES), Evaluation of the Natura 2000 Network through Remote Sensing Techniques (ENVIP-nature), Application of Landscape Ecology Techniques to the Management of Forest Counties (ECOPORF), Development of Biodiversity Assessment Systems on a European Continental Scale (BIOHAB), European Biodiversity Observation Network (EBONE) and Monitoring of the Connectivity of Spanish Forest Landscapes (DECOFOR).
Its results have resulted in 123 publications: 16 complete Books, 14 Book Chapters (12 in foreign Books), 11 Articles in Journals included in SCI, 26 Articles in scientific Journals not included in SCI, 11 Articles in technical Journals, 18 Articles in Proceedings of International Congresses, 21 Articles in Minutes of National Meetings, Edition of 6 scientific Books and of the Journal Investigación Agraria: Sistemas y Recursos Forestales, today Forest Systems.
BUNCE R.G.H, BRANDT J., DE BLUST G., ELENA-ROSSELLÓ R., et al. 2008. A Standardised Procedure for Surveillance and Monitoring European Habitats and provision of spatial data. Landscape Ecology 23,11-25.
ELENA-ROSSELLÓ R., SAURA S., 2011. Book review “Deforestation and Climate Change. Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation”. European Review of Agricultural Economics 38: 283-286.
GARCÍA-FECED C., SAURA S., ELENA-ROSSELLÓ R., 2011. Improving landscape connectivity in forest districts: A two-stage process for prioritizing agricultural patches for reforestation. For.Ecol.Manage., 261(1), 154-161.
ORTEGA M., METZGER M.J., BUNCE R.G.H., WRBKA T., ALLARD A., JONGMAN R.H.G., ELENA-ROSSELLÓ R., 2012. The potential for integration of environmental data from regional stratifications into a European monitoring framework. J. Environ. Planning Manage., 55(1), 39-57.
ORTEGA M., SAURA S., GONZÁLEZ-ÁVILA S., GÓMEZ V. & ELENA-ROSSELLÓ R., 2012. Landscape vulnerability to wildfires at the forest-agriculture interface: half-century patterns in Spain assessed through the SISPARES monitoring framework. Agroforestry Sytems 85: 331-349.
MARTIN-MARTIN C., BUNCE B., SAURA S., ELENA-ROSSELLO R. 2013, Changes and interactions between forest landscape connectivity and burnt area in Spain. Ecological Indicators (in the Press)