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Antonio Castro

Antonio Castro, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor
Social Ecological Science

Office: Life Sciences 411

(208) 282-4082

Social-Ecological Research Lab

Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 420
We study social-ecological systems; ecosystem services; dry lands; landscape ecology; watershed management and planning; GIS and mapping; and socio-cultural and economic valuation.


2010, Ph.D. Ecology, University of Almería, Almería, Spain
2006, M.S. Socio-Ecology of Arid Environments, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2004, B.A. Biology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

2012-2015, Postdoctoral fellow, Social-Ecological Systems and Ecosystem Services, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
2010-2011, Postdoctoral fellow, Social-Ecological Systems, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia

In November 2012, in collaboration with Dr. Caryn Vaughn at the Oklahoma Biological Survey (US), I began a project implementing an ecosystem services framework to explore the value of ecosystem services provided by the Kiamichi River watershed in southeastern Oklahoma.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Castro joined the Biological Sciences Department in 2015. His interest focuses on the characterization and study of Social-Ecological Systems, and the multidimensional assessment of Ecosystem Services. He combines GIS models (ARIES or InVEST) and social sampling strategies to quantify and map both the biophysical supply and social demand of ecosystem services. While a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oklahoma, he began a project implementing an ecosystem services framework to explore trade-offs in watershed management in the Kiamichi River in southeastern Oklahoma. During his scientific carrier, he has developed strong international collaborations with leading institutions including the Laboratory of Social-Ecological Systems (Spain), the Laboratorio de Análisis Regional y Teledetección (Argentina), the Institute for Land, Water, and Society (Australia), the Institute for Environmental Studies (the Netherlands), and the Oklahoma Biological Survey (USA). The Social-Ecological Research lab focuses on 1) the understanding of human-nature interactions for conservation management and planning, and the importance of valuing the multidimensional nature of ecosystem services as an approach to work toward sustainability; (2) to open spaces for interdisciplinary discussions and collaborative learning in order to develop in students a reflexive thinking, and (3) mentor and train future scientists and resource managers. Dr. Castro has over 20 publications and since 2014 he is the leader of the Dryland Biome Working Group at the Ecosystem Services Partnership.


BIOL Social-Ecological Systems

Selected Publications

Castro, A.J., Martín-López, B., García-Llorente, M., Aguilera, P.A., López, E., Cabello, J. 2011. Social preferences regarding the delivery of ecosystem services in a semiarid Mediterranean region. Journal of Arid Environments, 75:1201-1208

Castro, A.J., Verburg, P., Martín-López, B., García-LLorente, M., Cabello, J., Vaughn, C., and López E. (2014). Ecosystem service trade-offs from the supply to social demand: a landscape-scale spatial analysis. Landscape and Urban Planning, 132: 102–110

Quintas-Soriano, C., Castro, A.J., García-Llorente, M., Cabello, J., Castro, H. (2014) From supply to social demand: a landscape-scale analysis of the water regulation service. Landscape Ecology, 29: 1069-1082

Lopez-Rodriguez, Castro, A.J., M., Cabello, J., Jorreto, S., Castro, H. (2015). Science-policy interface approach for dealing with water environmental problems Environmental Science and Policy, 50, 1-14

Castro, A.J., Martín-López, B., Plieninger, T., López, E., Alcaraz‐Segura, D., Vaughn, C.C., Cabello, J. (2015). Do protected areas networks ensure the supply of ecosystem services? Spatial patterns of two nature reserve systems in semi-arid Spain. Applied Geography Doi 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.02.012


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