New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more “alarming” losses after contentious law passed, according to a study involving ICTA-UAB researchers.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

New ICTA-UAB map shows success, concerns and challenges of the transition away from fossil fuels and coal industry in Australia

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels have enjoyed some success but face massive challenges, as shown in a new map developed by researchers from the international ACKnowl-EJ project of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)  and the Australian Environmental Justice (AEJ) research team at the Centre for Urban Research (RMIT University.

ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Victoria Reyes- García has been graced with a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the development of a project aimed at bringing insights from local knowledge to climate change research.

Research to study the health effects of forests

The ICTA-UAB, CREAF and the "la Caixa" Bank Foundation recently presented the project "Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society".

Blockadia map by ICTA-UAB reveals global scale of anti-fossil fuel movement

A new interactive map by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) reveals the worldwide impact of resistance direct actions by people putting their own bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects.

Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

​ The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence.

Green gentrification can limit the favourable effects of green areas on health

A scientific research conducted by ICTA-UAB and IMIM suggests that more socially disadvantaged neighbours do not benefit equally from the effects newly created green areas have on health.

Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

A scientific study by the ICTA-UAB and ISS-EUR quantifies the environmental impact of oil extraction activities and contamination in headwaters of the Amazon.

ICTA-UAB researchers alert that oil palm plantations produce infertility in tropical lands

Oil palm plantations are replacing 40% of tropical forests and 32% of basic grain crops, according to an ICTA-UAB research conducted in Guatemala.

EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), created by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), currently includes 2,100 cases of ecological distribution conflicts identified in different parts of the world.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

During the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric CO2 concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling, reports a study conducted by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and published online in Nature Geoscience this week.

The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

 ICTA-UAB researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against climate change.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
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Maria del Mar Cartró Sabaté
Maria del Mar Cartró Sabaté

Mar Cartró was born in Catalonia in 1988. She holds a BSc in Enviromental Sciencies (2011) and a MSc in Environmental Studies (2012) from the UAB. She joined the Ethnoecology Lab to conduct her undergraduate thesis, which dealt with the environmental perceptions and knowledge that children from Maya communities have about the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, in Quintana Roo. She has also collaborated with the Observatori de la Tordera – ICTA (2012) as a technician on environmental education. Her Master thesis was focused on the spatial analysis of the oil pollution exposure in the Peruvian Amazon, combining data issued from a participatory monitoring project in the region with theoretical insights from different disciplines such as GIS and cartography, chemistry of pollution or environmental risk assessment. She is currently a Ph.D. student at ICTA-UAB and her research is related with the study of the oil industry impacts on the animal and human populations in the Peruvian Amazon.

Research interests
Her thesis aims to determine whether wild animals in an oil concession in the Peruvian Amazon ingest oil contaminated soil and water through a camera trap program and the analysis of soil and water samples. Videos recorded in oil-polluted sites are analysed through a Citizen Science platform, which aloud the analysis of a big amount of videos and contributes to generate interest in many countries about one of the problems that the Amazon and its inhabitants have to face nowadays. Moreover, she also studies the bioaccumulation of oil contaminants in game animals tissues through the analysis of heavy metals and lead isotopic fingerprint in samples collected through a participatory collection program in collaboration with the hunters of the region. Considering that some pollutants usually found in oil spills, such as heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are persistent, toxic and can bioaccumulate and climb through the food chain, the whole ecosystem and the human population could be exposed to very harmful effects.

Key Words
Environmental Forensics; Isotopic Footprint for Source Identification; Bioaccumulation; Participatory Monitoring Program; Camera Trapping; Citizen Science.

Maria del Mar Cartró Sabaté
Email UAB: Mar.Cartro@uab.cat
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