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.

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).

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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Dan Zhu
Dan Zhu

Born and raised in Sichuan, China, Dan Zhu did an undergraduate and a master degree in environmental science at Peking University, China. Then she completed her PhD, supervised by Dr. Philippe Ciais, at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnment (LSCE) in France, where she used global terrestrial biosphere models (the land component of Earth system models) and multiple observational datasets (from ground measurements to satellite products) to study vegetation dynamics, vegetation-herbivore interactions, and terrestrial carbon cycle. Currently, she is working in the BIGSEA project led by Dr. Eric Galbraith, aiming to integrate human population dynamics and activities in the framework of Earth system models. 

Research interests
Dan Zhu's main research interest lies in understanding the response of ecosystems to the past, present, and future climate change, with a focus on land processes. Her past research experience has covered various topics including paleo vegetation transitions and vegetation-herbivore interaction during the last ice age, and high latitude permafrost carbon dynamics. She also did an extensive model development in the ORCHIDEE terrestrial biosphere model, which is the land part of the French IPSL Earth system model. Her current research focuses on embedding prehistoric humans (who subsisted on hunting, gathering and fishing) in a terrestrial biosphere model, in order to study how climate and biophysical environment drove prehistoric human population dynamics and migration, and how their activities impacted the ecosystem (megaherbivores, vegetation, and fires).

Keywords
Earth system science, global carbon cycle, terrestrial biosphere model


Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=N5RNot0AAAAJ&hl=zh-CN 
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5857-1899

Dan Zhu
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