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.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

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.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

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).

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.

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.
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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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