Welcome! This is my academic website where you will find all topics related to my scientific activity. I am still in the process of updating it, so please forgive the small typos and absent info you may find.
I do research on long-term environmental change, as I believe addressing longer time scales enable us to observe how the Earth System has dynamically change, leading us to establish baselines for current disturbances. Adding time and space to the study of environmental dynamics is possibly the most comprehensive manner to understand, predict and mitigate current Global Change.
Thus, I pose myself questions linked to the relative roles of environmental disturbance – abrupt climate change, human activities and natural disturbances as fire – on Earth Systems processes and functionality. To see more on my publications, research and projects please click on the top page menu. You can also check out my cv (in Spanish!, soon in English) here.
The main three aspects driving my research are:
1) Palaeoclimate reconstructions in sensitive areas to Global Change as drylands and semi-arid areas of Africa and the Iberian Peninsula,
2) Quantitative analyses of the Earth Systems-human interaction in long temporal scales, with a particular stress on the system resilience and,
3) High resolution reconstruction of fire regimes in the Iberian Peninsula leading to robust quantitative reconstructions of fire frequency.
My expertise is on:
- Analyses and interpretation of biological indicators of past and current Global Change (namely pollen and charcoal as proxies of vegetation change and fire disturbances).
- Establishing present-day monitoring methods, bridging the gap between past dynamics and present interpretations of Earth System Processes.
- Applying quantitative methods to precisely infer post-disturbance ecosystem dynamics.
I analyze proxies from a variety of records, mainly lacustrine, bogs, and biogenic accumulations.