Ikerbasque Research Fellow
Basque Centre for Climate Change
I graduated in Forestry Engineering in 2001 and then worked for three years in environmental consultancy. Between 2004 and 2008, I did my PhD at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC; Supervisor, Francisco Comín) while associated to the Universidad de Alcalá (Supervisor, José María Rey Benayas) studying engineered wetlands in agricultural landscapes. Being awarded the Extraordinary Doctorate Award (equivalent to Summa Cum Laude), I found that improved wetlands could simultaneously reduce nitrates from agricultural streams, improve salinized soils, and increase local bird diversity. Soon, I realized of the need to understand basic ecological processes to restore or engineer ecosystems, and spent three years at the University of California at Berkeley at Mary Power’s lab, where I started to develop a meta-analytical approach, in addition to the empirical one, to address my aim. The idea was then to understand recovery trajectories of wetland hydrology, biogeochemistry, and diversity over the long term (decades to centuries). After that, I was awarded a Jasper Ridge Restoration Fellowship from Stanford University to spend two years at the university’s field station. There, I commenced my multidisciplinary career and started working mainly with economists to quantify the losses of disturbed ecosystems and their policy implications. After one more year at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (Centre National de la Recherche Scientique) working with James Aronson. In 2014, I was awarded an Ikerbasque Research Fellowship (a 5-year tenure-track research position) to join the Basque Centre for Climate Change – BC3 (Basque Country, Spain) to keep working on ecosystem recovery and restoration.
Asun Rodriguez Uña
PhD Student Fundación Tatiana de Guzmán el Bueno grantee
I received my B. Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2013. As an undergraduate, I did three internships to get some professional skills and to learn more about real applications of the environmental sciences. After that, I did my MSc in Ecosystem Restoration at Universidad de Alcalá. In my Master’s thesis, I designed a plan for the management of an abandoned military field in order to simultaneously improve its state of conservation and promote recreational and educational uses. In 2016, I received a scholarship from the European Social Fund to work as a research assistant at the Department of Life Sciences at Universidad de Alcalá. There, I collaborated in projects related to forest ecology and restoration. Thanks to this first researching experience, I decided to start my PhD. A few months later, I had the opportunity to start my PhD studies at the Basque Centre for Climate Change in a project about ecosystem recovery after historical human disturbances (REBECOM – Estimating recovery time of temperate forests after anthropogenic impacts along a complexity gradient). I have recently been awarded with a pre-doctoral scholarship from Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno to study the “Stability recovery of interaction networks in template forests after mining impacts caused during the Middle Ages”.