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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Jordina Belmonte Soler
Jordina Belmonte Soler

My scientific career has developed in Spain (Barcelona) and France (Montpellier, Marseille). I obtained a PHD in Biological Sciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1988) on the “Identification, study and annual evolution of the pollen content in the atmosphere of Catalonia and Balearic Islands”. I stayed at the Laboratoire de Botanique Historique et Palynologie de la Université de Saint Jerôme (Marseille, France) from 1990 to 1992. Back to the UAB, I became “Professora Titular” in 1993. Since then I’ve been teaching Botany and Vegetation to students on Biology and Environmental Sciences and Aerobiology to Master students at the time than making research on aerobiology and developing several management positions (Director of The Department on Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology; Coordinator of Environmental Sciences; Director of ICTA). I have been recognized as “Membre d’Honor” of the “Col·legi d’Ambientòlegs de Catalunya” (COAMB) in 2016 and with the “Premi de Recerca i Investigació” of the “Col·legi de Biòlegs de Catalunya” (CBC) in 2018. From November 2018 on, I am the President of the “Institució Catalana d’Història Natural” (ICHN).

Research interests
My research is on aerobiology: study of the diversity, levels and dynamics of pollen and fungal spores and their allergens in the air, the relationship with vegetation, meteorology, climate and atmospheric transport, and the application to the study of the climate change and to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the allergies and phytopathologies. I lead the Grup de AEROBIOlògica, Transport Atmosfèric i salut, AEROBIOTAS, (2017SGR1692) and coordinate the Point of Information on Aerobiology (PIA, http://lap.uab.cat/aerobiologia), the platform used to disseminate the results of the projects Aerobiological Network of Catalonia (Xarxa Aerobiològica de Catalunya, XAC) and the Project EOLO-PAT (Predicción Aerobiológica para Tenerife). I am member of the “Conseil Scientifique de la Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique” (RNSA) in France; elected member of the WG Aerobiology & Pollution (IG Environmental & Occupational Allergy) of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and Vice President of the European Aerobiology Society (EAS).

Keywords
Aerobiology, Allergens, Allergies, Atmospheric Transport, Climate Change, Phytopathology, Pollen, Public Health, Fungal Spores.

Jordina Belmonte Soler
Email UAB: Jordina.Belmonte@uab.cat
Web: http://lap.uab.cat/aerobiologia
Other locations:
Unitat Botànica - Dept. Biologia Animal, Biologia Vegetal i EcologiaDespatx C1/219 Telèfon +34 93 581 2040
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