Professional summary

Research Interests

 

Biodiversity conservation

Landscape and plant cartography

Plant adaptability to environmental change

Socio-economics of deforestation and environmental sustainability

Human activity (past and present) effects on vegetation

 

Brief CV

I joined CEH in 2019 as a post-doctorate working in a multi-disciplinary project on silvo-pastoral systems in Colombia, with efforts towards a sustainable Amazonian landscape. The purpose of the project is to investigate forage-based silvo-pastoral systems to seek to understand their interaction with biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide, and produce outputs that support sustainable intensification of farming that improves farmers' livelihoods.

I completed a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, investigating the genetic diversity and phenotypic plasticity of British native broadleaf tree species under climate change. In 2014 I participated in a multi-disciplinary project as a plant ecology researcher in Belize with archaeologists and geologists of University College London. The project explored the impacts of Maya human activity in the dark soils and the associated vegetation found in an archaeological site in Ambergris Caye.

I have worked as a plant cartographer mapping endemic plant species in protected areas in the island of Menorca, as part of the European Union project Life+ Reneix. I have participated in several flora collection expeditions in across Europe. In 2013 I worked at the Botanic Garden of Edinburgh as a European collections assessor as part of a European project on natural collections digitalization. I have participated on an oak populations genetic study in Pethshire investigating the long-distance dispersal of acorns by jays.

I have an MSc in Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity from the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh (2012). I graduated from the University of Barcelona in 2010 with a degree (BSc) in Biology, with specialization in Botany and Ecology, including a 1 year stay at the University of the Balearic Islands.

Qualifications

PhD Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh (2018);
MSc Botany, Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh (2012);
BSc Biology, Univerity of Barcelona (2010).