Oceans, Environmental Issues, and Climate Change
Environmental scientist with a PhD in Marine Sciences interested in solving scientific and environmental issues through building bridges between science, society and politics. I am passionate about social communication of global change, the biggest challenge for humankind, and committed to its understanding and fight. I am firmly convinced that scientists must play an essential role in the current context of global change in terms of advising, communication and policy/politics. Therefore, it is vital to connect science, politics and society to fight climate change, as well as mitigating its effects and adapting to the present and future environmental conditions.
Nowadays, after a decade researching on marine and environmental sciences, I decided to keep working on science but from a different perspective. Currently, I am Head of Scientific Culture, Innovation and Institutional Relations at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Balearic Islands. Furthermore, I am also enrolled in side-projects involving environmental issues (most of them in the Medierranean Sea) and climate action and policy.
How I ended up here …
I was born (1990) and raised in Cartagena, Region of Murcia, Spain. Since I was a child I enjoyed nature, sports and science, which extremely influenced me when I was a teenager and I had to choose what to do for a living. Consequently, I studied a B.Sc. in environmental sciences, then I did a M.Sc. in Global Change and a M.Sc. in Social Communication of Scientific Research. Then, I completed a PhD in marine sciences at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona thanks to a grant from “la Caixa” Foundation. During my PhD, I researched on marine trace gases in the oceans with a special focus on the Antarctic Ocean, for which I used different ecological-biogeochemical modelling approaches. Currently, I am enrolled in a Master Degree in Public Policy Management, for which I research on on climate action and civil society participation.
I also participated participated in several research cruises and scientific expeditions along 4/5 of the world’s oceans (Atlantic, Antarctic, Indian & Pacific). Spending a total of approximately 5 months at sea. I have performed research stays in top universities and institutions from different countries: Spain (UMU, ICMAN-CSIC, IMEDEA-CSIC, ICM-CSIC), Canada (Takuvik – U. Laval), United Kingdom (U. Aberdeen), Switzerland (ETH Zurich), and the United States of America at SCRIPPS (UCSD, thanks to a Fulbright fellowship).
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