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.
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 Álvarez Rodríguez 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 am a Marie-Curie Fellow separating my time between the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and BC3. I hold a Diploma in Natural Sciences, a MSc in Advanded Studies in Secondary and Higher Education, and a Doctor of Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland. Throughout my academic career, I have constantly broadened my expertise by joining research groups around the world, working in Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Germany, and New Zealand. Besides academia, I have experience working within government settings, having led the Swiss-wide development of river quality assessments for a few years after my PhD.
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.
Akif Ortak worked as a GIS and remote sensing specialist at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3). He graduated in Geomatics Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), and worked for the ITU Research and Application Center for Satellite Communications and Remote Sensing (CSCRS) for almost four years. Akif was involved in different projects such as CORINE (a Land cover/use project of European Environment Agency), and agricultural projects about yield estimation. His last project before joining the ARIES team in February 2019 was about web mapping high-resolution satellite imagery with open-source solutions.
Brian Voigt is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He works on the development and application of computer-based systems for modeling land-use change and the interaction between humans and their environment.
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.
Elena Pérez Miñana
Elena Pérez Miñana holds a PhD in Computer Science and was a postdoctoral researcher at BC3 from 2012 to 2015.
Gary Johnson holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Vermont.
Ioannis N. Athanasiadis
Ioannis N. Athanasiadis is an Assistant Professor with the Information Technology Group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He investigates complex environmental applications of computer science and the enabling role of computer science for investigating nature.
Javier Martínez López
Javier Martínez López is a Biologist who works at the Soil and Water Conservation research group at CEBAS-CSIC.
Jennifer Harrison-Cox served as Managing Director of Earth Economics from 2009-2013, and pioneered Earth Economics’ cloud-based Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit.
Luke Scott is a Software Engineer who works as a consultant and developer in Seattle and the Bay Area, USA.
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 Pérez Maqueo
Octavio Pérez Maqueo received his PhD degree from the Instituto de Ecología, 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).
Simon Willcock is a Lecturer in Environmental Geography at Bangor University, United Kingdom. His research interests focus on the interaction between people and nature; including monitoring, modeling and mapping natural resources and their use to help achieve sustainable use, with a particular focus on African tropical forests, food security and migration.
Tarik Fissaa worked as a Postdoctoral researcher and programmer at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3). He 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. He was a research and teaching assistant at the university of Rabat. His research interests include Context Aware Systems, semantic web and AI.