ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

ICTA-UAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboratories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home.

Higher and earlier pollen concentrations expected for this spring

Spring and summer pollination will begin a few days earlier than usual and in important numbers, reaching higher than average levels (from the 1994-2019 period).

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

ICTAS2020 Conference: Important Update regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak .

Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

Transformative actions implemented by cities to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change may be hindered by political struggles for municipal power.

Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

Despite the increasing interest of the scientific community and society towards the potential of forests as a source of human health, the existing scientific literature does not allow for a coherent relationship between the type of forest and different health variables.

Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

‘Climate clubs’ offering membership for sub-national states, in addition to just countries, could speed up progress towards a globally-harmonised climate change policy, which in turn offers a way to achieve stronger climate policies in all countries.

Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

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  .
Sven Pallacks, FPI/MDM-2015-0552-16-2
Sven  Pallacks, FPI/MDM-2015-0552-16-2

Growing up in Memmingen, a city in southern Germany, Sven is a PhD student at ICTA-UAB. He did his BSc in Geography with emphasis on physical Geography at Heidelberg University before doing the master program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability: Specialty in Science and Management of Global Change at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Supervised by Patrizia Ziveri and P. Graham Mortyn, his master thesis investigated the impact of climate change drivers on planktic foraminiferal species and mass dynamics during the last 500 years in a sub-basin of the Western Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards, Sven started a MSc in Marine Geosciences at Bremen University, finalizing courses in Climatology, Climate Change Modelling and Marine Environmental Archives, before starting his PhD in 2018.

Research Interest
As a result of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions marine ecosystems are being increasingly stressed. The exploitation of coastal living marine resources has exceeded sustainable levels in many regions, altering the marine ecosystem in ways that have been largely undocumented, but which can potentially be reconstructed using selected proxy methods. By developing a paleo proxy based on fish remains, Sven´s work aims to understand the dynamics of fish stocks in the Mediterranean a highly-populated region largely affected by accelerated climate change and overfishing. While reconstructing paleo fish abundances, he tries to gain more knowledge about the natural variability of the system and the combined effects of climate change and other anthropogenic impacts.

Key words
Marine environmental archives, Paleo fish abundances, Anthropogenic vs. natural climate change

Sven Pallacks, FPI/MDM-2015-0552-16-2
Email UAB: Sven.Pallacks@uab.cat
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