The ARIES team
We are an international network of scientists working to build and apply ARIES toward conservation and development challenges from local to global scales. We collaborate with a diverse group of scientists and practitioners from governments, NGOs, academics, and the private sector. Our core development team includes experts across diverse fields, ranging from computer science and ecology to economics and the social sciences to geography and policy.
Project leader, Ikerbasque Research Professor at BC3
I have a degree from State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Studies and a background in forested ecosystems. I have previously worked as a research engineer at INRA Bordeaux on projects related to Water Relations and Ecosystem Functioning. There we designed, constructed and performed experiments with gas exchange systems using stable isotopes and trace gases. These experiments better inform the scientific community about process related to water and carbon dioxide exchange between plants, soils and the atmosphere. Before that I worked in Australia as a senior engineer during the construction and design of the Eucalyptus Free Air Carbon Enrichment at the Hawkesbury Institute of the Environment. The experiment exposes a native forest with trees of up to 25m to 550 ppm of carbon dioxide. The results will provide information about how a native forest in Australia store and respire carbon dioxide in a future with even high levels of carbon dioxide. I have also previously worked on the Duke University North Carolina Free Air Carbon Experiment and in New York for Brookhaven National Laboratory as a research assitant.
Alba Márquez Torres
Modelling and Remote Sensing
I have an education background in Remote Sensing, GIS and Hydrology. And I have been training in several practical MOOCs about ArcGIS real case applications offered by Esri. I have also been working as an assistant in Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) during the Stockholm World Water Week (WWW) in Sweden.
I do have a great passion and interest in working in environmental modelling and geo-spatial analysis. Currently I am part of the ARIES team in the research line of integrated modelling of coupled human-natural systems, specialized in working with hydrologic modelling of Water Strategy for Ecosystem Services in water supply and demand, spatial hydrologic process, sediment regulation, and flood regulation.
Modelling and Remote Sensing
I am graduated in Mathematics, doctor in Astrophysics and I hold a master’s degree in Agro- and Ecosystems Engineering. I’ve also worked as a software developer for two years.
As a modeler of Ecosystem Services at BC3, I am enthusiastic about using models that help us to better understand nature and, in so doing, promote its conservation.
The Academic career of Unai Alvarez-Rodriguez can be traced back to the obtention of his degree in Physics (2011), followed by a Masters degree in Theoretical Physics (2012). After the formation period, he started doing research in Quantum Information, the field where he got the PhD in late 2016. During his first Postdoc (2017) he started an exploration process that took him to the area of Complex Systems.
He is currently funded by the Postdoctoral Program of the Basque Government, with a project for applying the knowledge of networks and complex systems in the study of socio-ecological phenomena.
I’m currently a Postdoctoral researcher and programmer at BC3. I received a Master degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the Faculty of Science Rabat, Morocco in 2011 and a PhD from ENSIAS Engineering School in 2018, University of Rabat, Morocco. I was a research and teaching assistant at the university of Rabat. My research interests includes Context Aware Systems, semantic web and Artificial Intelligence.f socio-ecological phenomena.
Ioannis N. Athanasiadis
I am a Lecturer in Environmental Geography at Bangor University, United Kingdom. My research interests focus on the interaction between people and nature; including monitoring, modelling and mapping natural resources and their use to help achieve sustainable use, with a particular focus on African tropical forests, food security and migration. Examples of my past work include two Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation () projects (namely Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems through Trade-off Scenarios () and Which Ecosystem Service Models Best Capture the Needs of the Rural Poor (WISER)), and the (which aimed to improve knowledge of the ecosystem services provided by the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, of their contribution to human welfare, and to find solutions to managing these services in a sustainable way).
I hold a Msc in Economics, and I worked as economic and financial analyst for several years in the energy sector. During this period, I supported the commercial and contractual negotiations of the Mamba Project (ranked 4th largest gas project worldwide), and modelled and conducted financial screening of incoming projects in the Global Business Development unit of Galp (former national O&G Portuguese company). I immediately understood while working in this sector that sustainability was the most interesting area for me. I completed a post-graduate course in Sustainable Energy Systems at MIT Portugal. Later I worked as Climate Finance Analyst for Aenergy, an African company. During this experience I had the chance to develop a project related to Natural Capital Accounting (NCA), which aims to integrate the economical contribution of ecosystems’ services into the standard national accounting, to improve political decision-making. In the future this is also expected to serve as a standard for private companies to evaluate the ecological impact of their activities. I joined this team to support the integration of NCA into ARIES, a project commissioned by the UN. The work we are developing will hopefully become the reference tool for integrating NCA assessments worldwide.
I am a Fundraising graduate with scientific communication experience across private, public and third sector. I am the communication and training manager of ARIES. In charge of creating and coordinating the different activities within the Communication Plan, updating the project’s website and related tools, managing the production of supporting materials, etc.
Elena Perez Miñana
Elena Perez Miñana holds a PhD in Computer Science and was a postdoctoral researcher at BC3 from 2012 to 2015.
Dave Batker is the Executive Director of Earth Economics, a non-profit he founded in 1998 that applies ecological economics to land use planning and policy around the globe.
Gary Johnson holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Vermont.
Jennifer Harrison-Cox served as Managing Director of Earth Economics from 2009-2013, and pioneered Earth Economics’ cloud-based Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit.
Marta Ceroni is executive director of the Donella Meadows Institute.
Maya Kocian has worked as a Research Analyst at Earth Economics since 2006.
Miroslav Honzak is the Senior Advisor of the Global Change and Ecosystem Services Program at Conservation International (CI).
Octavio Perez-Maqueo received his PhD degree from the Instituto de Ecologia, A.C. in Mexico, where he presently works as a researcher.
Rosimeiry Portela is an Ecological Economist/Senior Director for the Science and Knowledge at Conservation International (CI).