Post-doctoral fellow

Dr Saúl Manzano

Research focus: Quaternary biome transitions at the Western Cape Fynbos-Renosterveld-Succulent Karoo boundary

Office: Room 5.03, HW Pearson Building



Saúl is a palaeoecologist interested in the long-term dynamics of Mediterranean biodiversity hotspots. His research focuses on the multiproxy reconstruction of environmental and biodiversity dynamics in protected areas. This approach allows the detection of ecosystem response to environmental change, the factors controlling the accumulation and survival of biodiversity, the landscape features contributing to resilience and the definition of baselines. It also allows the interpretation of the current vegetation landscape. This information is key for conservation biology, policy making and sustainable ecosystem exploitation thus contributing to human welfare.

His research current research focuses on Quaternary biome transitions at the Western Cape Fynbos-Renosterveld-Succulent Karoo boundary, to provide palaeoecological information applicable in the projection of future environmental change scenarios under the current paradigm of global change.

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Manzano S, Julier A C, Dirk-Forbes C J, Razafimanantsoa A H I, Samuels I, Petersen H, Gell P, Hoffman M T, Gillson L.  2020. Using the past to manage the future: the role of long-term data in ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology. (In press).

  • Ramos-Román M J, Jiménez-Moreno G, Anderson R S, García-Alix A, Camuera J, Mesa-Fernández J M, Manzano S. 2019. Climate controlled historic olive tree occurrences and olive oil production in southern Spain. Global and Planetary Change.182(102996). DOI:

  • Manzano S, López-Merino L, Jiménez-Moreno G, García-Alix A, Sánchez Mata D, Toney J, Amstrong H, Carrión JS. 2019. A palaeoecological approach to understanding the past and present of Sierra Nevada, a SW European biodiversity hotspot. Global and Planetary Change 175, 238–250.
  • Manzano S, López-Merino L, Munuera M, García Murillo P, Fernández S, Carrión JS. 2018. When dynamism is the baseline: long-term ecology of a Mediterranean seasonal wetland in Doñana National Park (SW Europe). Biodiversity and Conservation,
  • Carrión JS, Fierro E, Ros M, Munuera M, Fernández S, Manzano S, Ochando J, Navarro F, Rodríguez-Estrella T, González-Sampériz P, Moreno A. 2018. Ancient forest in European drylands: Holocene palaeoecological record of Mazarrón southeastern Spain. Proceedings of the Geologist’s Association 129 (4), 512-525.
  • Manzano S, Carrión JS, López-Merino L, Ochando J, Munuera M, Fernández S, González-Sampériz P. 2018. Early to Mid-Holocene spatiotemporal vegetation changes and tsunami impact in a paradigmatic coastal transitional system (Doñana National Park, southwestern Europe). Global and Planetary Change 161, 66–81.
  • Manzano S, Carrión JS, López-Merino L, González-Sampériz P, Munuera M, Fernández S, Martín-Lerma I, Gómez Ferreras MC. 2017. Mountain strongholds for woody angiosperms during the Late Pleistocene in SE Iberia. Catena 149, 701–712.
  • Fuertes E, Manzano S. 2017. New and interesting records of Argentinian Ricciaceae (Marchantiophyta) and hornworts (Anthocerotophyta). Criptogamie Briologie 38(2), 213-222.
  • Robles-López S, Manzano S, Pérez Díaz S, López Sáez JA. 2017. 35. Labradillos mire, Gredos Range (central Spain). Grana 56, 398-400.