Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

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).
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Mélanie Wary, MdM postdoctoral researcher
Mélanie Wary, MdM postdoctoral researcher

Mélanie completed a PhD in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology at Bordeaux University, France, in 2015. Her doctoral research, supervised by Frédérique Eynaud, investigated the role of the subpolar North Atlantic ocean circulation, sea ice and ice sheets in the rapid climate changes of the last glacial cycle. She then further developed this thematic through a postdoctoral collaboration with Jung-Hyun Kim (Hanyang University / Korea Polar Research Institute, South Korea), and explored the low-high latitude interactions of the North Atlantic ocean dynamics during deglaciations as a research assistant in Maria Sánchez-Goñi’s group (EPHE, Paris Science & Letters University, France). Since March 2017, Mélanie has joined ICTA-UAB. As a postdoctoral fellow in the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence, she works in close collaboration with the ImpactANT research group coordinated by Antoni Rosell-Melé. Her research focuses on new biomarker-based approaches to track ice decline during past climate changes, the investigation of the associated impacts on marine ecosystems, and the evaluation of the contribution of human-induced forcing in driving these changes in the modern climate system.

Research interests
In the context of the global warming, understanding processes involved in rapid climate changes, including their causes and environmental impacts, constitutes one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. I am especially interested in the understanding of ocean-cryosphere-atmosphere-biosphere interactions at play at high latitudes, which appear crucial as these areas currently experiment the most drastic changes and are geopolitically and socio-economically important. I place a special focus on the study of hydrographical processes during past episodes of climate changes that may shed some light on the origin and consequences of the ongoing polar amplification. My studies systematically involve the multiproxy investigation of highly-resolved marine climate archives for the reconstruction of sea-surface (i.e. ocean-cryosphere-atmosphere interface) hydrographical variations.

Keywords
Paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, rapid climate changes, ocean-cryosphere-atmosphere-biosphere interactions, marine micropaleontology, organic geochemistry.

Mélanie Wary, MdM postdoctoral researcher
Email UAB: Melanie.Wary@uab.cat
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