Title: "Assessing the relationship between invasive insect species and climate change in the Iberian Peninsula and valuing possible social and economic impacts"
By Ángela Delgado Castillo, PhD candidate at ICTA-UAB
Date: Tuesday, 25th April 2017
Venue: Room Z/023 ICTA-UAB
The purpose of this project is to explore the relationship between invasive alien insect species and climate change in the Iberian Peninsula. Broadly, the project aims to answer two main questions. First, is there a relationship between the rate of establishment of invasive species and climate change in the Iberian Peninsula? Second, what are the economic and social impacts on relevant stakeholders? To answer the first question, a dataset is being built collecting dates of arrival of invasive species that will be analyzed in light of climate change indicators. To address the second question, we have started a first case study on the invasive insect Red Palm Weevil which negatively affects certain Palm trees. Our intention is to quantify and value the insect’s impact on municipalities in the coastal region of Catalonia.
Ángela Delgado Castillo is an Industrial Engineer with a Masters in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Exeter, UK. Her research has been published in the Royal Society Philosophical Transactions and her findings have been featured in media outlets like The Times. She was awarded a Best Student Recognition Award by IBM UK (2015), nominated for a Fulbright Scholarship and published twice by the largest publishing house of agricultural information, Informa.