Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

Researchers at the UAB have mapped Barcelona and and 9 surrounding towns using a new methodology based on urbanism activist Jane Jacobs' ideas on how cities should be configured to become vital spaces: 25% of the area is classified as having high vitality.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

Shark Bay seagrass carbon storage hotspot suffers alarming losses after a devastating marine heat wave, according to a study led by ICTA-UAB researchers.

Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

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.

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.

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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