The teampowering ARIES
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.
ARIES Lead Investigator
I am an Ikerbasque Professor at BC3. I started out as a Theoretical Ecologist and had a long parallel career as a Scientific Software Designer and Engineer. After carrying out research in many fields of Ecology, I worked during 15 years in ecological economics at the universities of Maryland and Vermont. I have authored or coauthored 150+ scientific publications, and have been recipient of major research grants from the US National Science Foundation, the European Union, the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UNEP-WCMC and other institutions and NGOs.
I am a Research Associate at CzechGlobe and Scenario Analyst at UK CEH, interested in future social-ecological scenarios, sustainability pathways and values of ecosystem services. My PhD focused on ecosystem services assessments, including modelling ecosystem services trade-offs for local landscape planning in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Czech Republic and mapping ecosystem services for SEEA EA in Kyrgyzstan. I have been involved in the IPBES Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia, IPBES Values Assessment and the Ecosystem Services Partnership.
Hydrology Modeller & Remote Sensing Expert
I am a Hydrologist at BC3, with education background in Remote Sensing, GIS and Hydrology. I have trained in several MOOCs about ArcGIS real case applications offered by Esri. I have worked as an assistant at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) during the World Water Week (WWW), in Sweden. I have a great passion in working in environmental modelling and geo-spatial analysis. Currently, I work with hydrologic modelling of Water Strategy for Ecosystem Services in water supply and demand, spatial hydrologic process, sediment regulation and flood regulation.
Natural Capital Accounting Project Manager
I am a Project Manager at BC3. I hold an Msc in Economics, and I have worked as Economic and Financial Analyst for several years in the energy sector, supporting the commercial and contractual negotiations of the projects, as well as modeling and conducting financial screening of incoming projects for 3 years at Galp. I completed a post-graduate course in Sustainable Energy Systems at MIT Portugal. Later, I worked as Climate Finance Analyst for Aenergy, where I developed a project related to natural capital accounting. I attended the ISU2019 organized by BC3 and about a year after I joined the ARIES team.
Forestry Modeller & Remote Sensing Expert
I am a FPI PhD Fellow at BC3. I have a degree in Environmental Science, and a Master’s degree in Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing. Since 2011, I collaborated with both national and international institutions like the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), the University of Cordoba, and Montpellier SupAgro. From 2015 to 2018, I worked at the Centre for Research Applied to Agroforestry Development (IDAF), where I managed, led and developed projects related to forests and cartography.
I am a Researcher at BC3. I have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of the Basque Country and a Master’s degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Alcalá. Through my experience, I had the opportunity to develop my skills in different environmental areas. I have worked as an ecology technician at BOKU University, and as a remote sensing researcher in Munich at RSS Gmbh, among others. This has allowed me to have a multidisciplinary view and a strong background in GIS technologies.
Diego Bengochea Paz
I am a Postdoctoral researcher at BC3. Throughout my undergraduate training in Physics I developed a keen interest in Biology and Complex Systems. This led me to pursue a Master’s in Biological Physics where I focused on the modeling of collective behavior. As my interests progressively shifted to sustainability and human societies, I eventually engaged in a PhD in Social-Ecological Systems where I explored the interplay between human populations and land cover change from a theoretical and modeling perspective. I am greatly interested in the explicit integration of human behavior in coupled human-nature models.
I am a philosopher and ontologist working as postdoctoral researcher at BC3. I received my PhD in Computer Science and Systems Engineering, from DIBRIS, University of Genoa (IT) and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IT). Following the PhD I have specialised in sustainability research beginning with a postdoc at ITI/LARSyS in Madeira island. My research interests are ontological analysis, conceptual representation and integration of key concepts associated with social-environmental sustainability and climate change.
I am the ARIES Team Coordinator at BC3. Over more than 15 years, I have gained extensive experience in scientific fields dealing with physics of Earth’s atmosphere. I wrote my PhD on the climate impact of air traffic and since then gained further valuable experience at, e.g., the German Weather Service and the German Aerospace Center as well as in the industry. Here I dealt with numerical weather prediction models, from a local to a global scale as well as for short, to long term and climate forecasts. Also, I have been leading education projects on AI. Within BC3 I am coordinating the team and applying my knowledge on AI and Earth observation.
I am a computational linguist working at BC3. My academic background primarily focuses on language expertise and glottology, having obtained degrees in Foreign Language and Literature from two universities in Naples. I have extensive experience teaching English, French, and Italian as a second language. Additionally, I earned my PhD in Computational Linguistics from the University of Salerno(IT). I previously worked on an NLP project involving artificial intelligence at thePolytechnic of Madrid. My primary research interests encompass information retrieval and ontology development, as reflected in my scientific publications. Furthermore, I have experience working with chatbots and implementing linguistic algorithms.
ARIES Managing Director
I am an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at BC3. Since completing my Master’s in Environmental Economics, I have studied human-natural systems interactions from a holistic perspective, where theories and approaches from both social and environmental scientific practice are integrated to better represent behaviors, spatial dependencies and temporal dynamics. This led me to pursue a PhD in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development and to direct my interests towards research in human geography, to explore the complexity of social-ecological systems.
I am a Software Developer at BC3, with more than 20 years of experience. I started developing web pages at the beginning of the web 2.0 revolution. After that, I have been teaching Computer Science and developing in several programming languages and with different technologies, from digital newspaper (Vocento Multimedia Group) to traffic applications (for Bilbao City Hall and Bilbao City Council, among others), from mobile app to business intelligence. This journey has allowed me to join the ARIES team in March 2018 as Front-End and Back-End Developer.
I am an Environmental Engineer at BC3, co-founder of HydroloGIS Environmental Engineering and an OSGEO charter member working in the fields of Hydrology, Hydraulics and GIS. I have a PhD in Mountain Environment and agriculture with a great interest in the maintenance and protection of the environment and the environmental resources, especially water and vegetation. I am really convinced that GIS and digital maps in general, represent the future in environmental sciences. This will increase the possibility for the application of environmental models as an activity to support technicians, managers and politics.
Communication, Dissemination & Training Project Manager
I am a Science Communicator and Project Manager at BC3, with working experience across private, public and third sector. Formidable communications experience acquired through working in fast-paced, international environments such as IBM and FAO. Currently managing the Communication, Dissemination, and Training of ARIES. In charge of creating, coordinating and evaluating the different activities within the ARIES Communication Plan, updating the project’s website and related tools, managing the production of supporting materials, etc.
Beñat Egidazu de la Parte
I am a Research Assistant at BC3. I hold both a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and an MSc in Integrated Coastal Zone Management from the University of Cádiz, and a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from Esri. Through my experience, I developed my skills in different environmental areas such as marsh functioning and coastal zones ecosystem services. My main interests are coastal/marine ecosystem services modelling and how climate change will affect these systems and the benefits that they bring to society.
I’m a senior software & cloud engineer, co-founder of Yvant. I hold a bachelor degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Diploma in Information Technologies. Over the last 20 years I have played different roles for several organizations: software engineer, software architect, senior engineer, technical advisor, team lead, mentor. Since 2012 I’ve worked on cloud based solutions in ICT4D (data collection, analysis and sharing), data management systems, electric mobility, among others.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at BC3. I hold a masters in city planning specialization in integrating transit policies for land use management mitigating climate change in eco-fragile zones and a Ph.D. in neighborhood sustainability assessment from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. My research explores how human-nature system interactions impact long-term sustainability and urban resilience to climate change consolidating the aspects of technology and temporal dynamism.
I’m a software developer at BC3. I have a computer engineering degree from the University of the Basque Country (UPV). As the final year project, I started working in a research center on tourism and since then I have evolved in different sectors and languages. I have worked mostly in the financial sector, for banking and investment agencies (data management, analysis and calculations). After that, I began a period in the industrial world, developing software to automate industrial cells as a fullstack developer.
I am a Research Assistant at BC3 interested in the study of ecosystem services to ensure better environmental and social policies in the future. I hold a degree in Mathematics from the University of Barcelona, and have experience as a back-end programmer. As my interests shifted towards the impacts of human society and its relationship with the world that surrounds us, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from the University of Valencia, which I will hold by June 2024.
Natural Capital Accounting Specialist
I am a Research Economist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), working to account for nature’s value in decision making by U.S. Federal government agencies and others, and co-leading development of natural capital accounts for the U.S. I hold a PhD in Ecological Economics from the University of Vermont. From 2015-2016 I was a Senior Environmental Specialist with the World Bank’s Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program. Since 2010, I have partnered with various U.S. government resource management agencies on ecosystem service assessments across the U.S.
Ecosystem Services Professor
I am Professor at Nagoya University and at the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS). My work focuses on Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessment, and Renewable Energy related issues. I also manage the Environmental Symbiosis and Ecology System Cooperation Laboratory under the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University. I majored in Energy and Environmental Assessment and Policy, including Ecosystem Services Mapping.
I am a Scientific Developer at BC3 and co-founder of HydroloGIS Environmental Engineering. I also work as a senior GIS developer consultant and lecturer in Advanced Geomatics for the Free University of Bolzano. I majored in Environmental Engineering and have worked in spatial sciences since then, focusing on geomorphological modelling and geospatial analyses. During my PhD in Environmental Sciences I developed a mobile solution for digital field mapping. I believe that science has to be open source and support this by being a charter member for the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO).
I am a Research Associate Fellow at BC3, the Spanish National Hub at the WestMED Blue Economy Initiative and the Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan. I work since many years as a marine scientist in different lines of marine and coastal research applied to Marine Spatial Planning; Ecosystem Services Mapping, Modelling, and Valuation; Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Biological Valuation and Blue Economy. My research interests are mainly focused on the use of ARIES for decision-support tools and the implementation of European directives.
Climate Change Researcher
I am a Marie Slodowska Curie Fellow at BC3. I hold an MSc in Environmental Science with a specialization in Integrated Coastal Zone Management from Ca’ Foscari University and a PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change from Ca’ Foscari University. Since 2014 I have collaborated with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC) in Italy working on the application of risk assessment approaches for the analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, ecosystems and related consequences for societies.
Jennifer Ledesma González
I am a Science Communication Intern at BC3. I have recently graduated from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) where I specialised on documentary filmmaking. Having been interested in art and photography from a young age, I constantly explore various disciplines to broaden my own artistic pursuits, integrating a fine arts background with history of cinema. I believe in the power of visuals in delivering impactful messages, evoking emotions, mobilising users and even changing behaviours.
João Arthur Pompeu
I am Postdoctoral reseacher at BC3 with focus on modelling agricultural and ecological processes. I am biologist, with a Master Degree in Remote Sensing and a PhD in Earth System Sciences. Ever since, I have been working on landscape ecology, patterns of land use changes and food security in the Neotropics. I started working at BC3 in the already concluded MASBIO project with the aim of integrating stakeholder engagement and artificial intelligence for landscape management in the Mediterranean through ARIES.
I am a software engineer at BC3. from the Basque Country. Since before I finished my Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering in Universidad de Deusto, I have been working in regional companies as a developer. Through a series of fortunate events, I landed on the Aries Team, which is allowing me to explore what fascinates me most about computational thinking: human-machine interactions.
I am a postdoctoral researcher at BC3. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Resilience Lab of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management in TU Delft. I am also an alumna of the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) programme of the Singapore-ETH Centre. I hold a PhD from the Department of Environmental Systems Science of ETH Zurich, as well as an MSc and a BSc in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. My research focused on analyzing urban resilient systems and social vulnerability, which involved methodologies driven by network theory and machine learning to study spatiotemporal changes in the built environment.
Ainhoa Magrach is an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at BC3. She’s a community ecologist with a research emphasis on the effects of human activities on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning and the delivery of Ecosystem Services. Throughout her career, she has combined the study of forest fragmentation, selective logging and agricultural expansion across temperate and tropical locations.
Ángel Giménez is a Mathematics graduate from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, with a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Alicante and he holds a master’s degree in Agro- and Ecosystems Engineering from the University of Leuven. He worked as a software developer at Innovalia and Lantek, developing algorithms to minimize the use of metal sheet material in the manufacturing process.
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 modelling 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 is an Independent Environmental Data Analyst. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and was a postdoctoral researcher at BC3 from 2012 to 2015.
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 in 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 the Executive Director of the Donella Meadows Institute.
Maya Kocian has worked as a Research Analyst at Earth Economics since 2006.
Mehmet Akif Ortak
Mehmet Akif Ortak is a Data Engineer at Doktar Agricultural Solutions. He worked as a GIS and remote sensing specialist at BC3 from 2018-2020. 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.
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 CI.
Sabrina Mazzoni is a Conservation Biogeographer with expert knowledge in Biography, Conservation Ecology and GIS, and international working experience across private, public and third sector. She holds a MSc in Biology from the UC San Diego and UC Davis and a PhD in Eco-informatics from the University of Oslo.
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, 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.
Simone Langhans is an Associate Professor in Freshwater Ecology at Aalborg University. Denmark. She holds a Diploma in Natural Sciences, an MSc in Advanced Studies in Secondary and Higher Education, and a Doctor of Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). Besides academia, she has experience working within government settings, having led the Swiss-wide development of river quality assessments for a few years after her PhD.
Steven Wohl is a Developer with a degree from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Environmental Studies and a background in Forested Ecosystems.
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.
Unai Álvarez worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), with a project for applying the knowledge of networks and complex systems in the study of socio-ecological phenomena. He obtained his degree in Physics in 2011, and a Masters degree in Theoretical Physics in 2012. After the formation period, he started doing research in Quantum Information, the field where he got the PhD in 2016.