Haifa Debouk – PhD Student


Departament d’Hortofructicultura, Botànica i Jardineria

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Ingenyeria Agraria (ETSEA)

Universitat de Lleida

Avinguda Alcalde Rovira Roure 191

25198 Lleida, Spain

Office: Edifici 2, despatx 2.01.06

Phone: (+34) 973 702 623


I currently carry out a PhD at the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC), at the Laboratory of Functional Ecology and Global Change (ECOFUN). My research focuses on studying Carbon and Nitrogen dynamics across spatial scales in pastures of the Iberian Peninsula in the framework of the project CAPAS.

I have a Diploma in Agricultural Engineering from the Lebanese University, with a focus on Agricultural Economics. During my Diploma studies, I was awarded grants from the CTFC and the EFIMED to participate in courses on “Agroforestry and “Modelling Mediterranean Forest Stand Dynamics for Forest Management” (respectively).

I then completed a 2-year MSc in European Forestry, within an Erasmus mundus programme. The MSc studies have been conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and at the University of Lleida, Spain. During my MSc studies, I did an internship for 3 months at the Diputació de Barcelona. My work consisted of making a forest guide for the Natural Park of El Montseny, in Catalonia (Spain). It involved assessing the forest species of the park throughout the different climatic gradients, their required silvicultural practices and their uses for both timber and non-timber production. I also completed a European Forestry Field Course during my MSc studies. It consisted of studying the forest dynamics during which professionals from the visited countries described the different aspects of the local silviculture, landscape management, ecosystem dynamics, forest policies and many other aspects (the course was in collaboration with University of Lleida, AgroParisTech ENGREF, University of Freiburg, and Wageningen University). The aim of my MSc Thesis was “Assessing post-fire regeneration in a Mediterranean mixed forest using LiDAR data and artificial neural networks”. (supervised by Dr. Cristina Vega García, and in collaboration with la Diputació de Barcelona).

Before starting my PhD, I worked for 5 months as a project officer at the YMCA-Lebanon (NGO) on the project “Biodiversity Assessment in the Pinus brutia forest in Lebanon” within the framework of the project “Ayto forest and surrounding villages” funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and in partnership with the CTFC and the Ministry of Agriculture in Lebanon.

    Selected publications
  • Debouk, H., de Bello F, Sebastià M-T. (2015). Functional Trait Changes, Productivity Shifts and Vegetation Stability in Mountain Grasslands during a Short-Term Warming. PLoS ONE, 10(10): e0141899. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141899.
  • Debouk, H., Riera, R., and Vega-García, C. (2013). Assessing post-fire regeneration in a Mediterranean mixed forest using LiDAR data and artificial neural networks. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 79 (12): 1121-1130. DOI: 10.14358/PERS.79.12.1121.
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