Pep Serra

Contact information

Dr. Pep Serra Diaz

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Research Interests 

I use spatial analysis to study the patterns and the processes that control species distribution changes. In order to do that, I specialized in ecological models to gain insights into the variety of mechanisms that have (and might) shape species distributions and ecosystem services. I also make use of model intercomparison to better understand how our modeling assumptions constraint our prediction ability.


SerraDiaz JM, Franklin J, Ninyerola M, Davis FW, Syphard AD, Regan HM, Ikegami M (2014). Biolclimatic velocity: the pace of species exposure to climate change. Diversity and Distributions 20 (2): 169-180.

Lloret F, Martínez-Vilalta J, Serra-Díaz JM, Ninyerola M (2013). Relationship between projected changes in climatic suitability and demographic and functional traits of forest tree species in Spain.  Climatic change 120 (1-2): 449-462

Serra-Diaz JM, Keenan T, Ninyerola M, Sabaté S, Gracia C, Lloret F (2013). Geographical patterns of congruence and incongruence between niche- and process-based models. Journal of Biogeography 40 (10): 1928-1938.

Serra-Diaz, J.M., Ninyerola, M., Lloret, F. (2012). Coexistence of Abies alba (Mill.) - Fagus sylvatica (L.) and climate change impact in the Iberian Peninsula: a climatic-niche perspective approach. FLORA - Plant morphology, Distribution and Functional Ecology 207: 10-18.

Serra-Diaz JM, Pelachs A, Vera A, Mendizàbal E (2012). Bridging the gap between landscape theory and management needs: a case study in the High Pyrenees Natural Park. Environmental Engineering and Management 11 (6): 1179-1192.

Barrachina M, Serra-Diaz JM, Tulla AF, Cristobal J (2012). On the link between socio-economic development and landscape changes in two Pyrenean valleys: the true challenge of multifunctionality. Environmental Engineering and Management 11 (6):1077-1086.

Keenan T, Serra JM, Lloret F, Ninyerola M, Sabaté S (2011). Predicting the future of forests in the Mediterranean under climate change, with niche- and process-based models: CO2 matters! Global Change Biology 17:565-579.

Serra JM, Cristobal J, Ninyerola M (2011). A Classification Procedure for Mapping Topo-climatic Conditions for Strategic Vegetation Planning. Environmental Modeling and Assessment 16: 77-89.

Short Biographical Sketch 

Pep Serra received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. He collaborated in several research projects in the Department of Geography in Barcelona and worked for an environmental consultancy, where he gained a lot of technical skills. He finally decided to pursue a research career in 2009, when he earned a scholarship to get a PhD at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology ( During his PhD he had the opportunity to visit different labs around Europe and the US (Janet Franklin’s lab, Miguel Araujo’s Lab and Carsten Rahbek’s lab). As professional involvement, Pep is a member of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the International Biogeography Society (IBS) and the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE).