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.
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.
Environmental Forensics; Isotopic Footprint for Source Identification; Bioaccumulation; Participatory Monitoring Program; Camera Trapping; Citizen Science.
Email UAB: Mar.Cartro@uab.cat
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