Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

ICTA-UAB to organize the sixth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

Proposing pathways outside the growth, closure and depressive narratives.

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, according a new study involving ICTA-UAB researcher Finn Mempel.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.

ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its Consolidator Grant competition: 291 top scientists across Europe.

The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

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.

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.

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.

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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