Dr Marc Oliva (PI)

Marc Oliva is the Principal Investigator of the Emerging Research Group “Antarctic, Arctic and Alpine Environments (ANTALP)”. He finished his PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2009 and spent almost 8 years as postdoctoral researcher and research scientist at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Recently, he has started (May’17) a new professional challenge at the Department of Geography of the University of Barcelona, where he will expand his areas of research and study topics. He has already coordinated 11 research projects focused on polar terrestrial ecosystems both in Antarctica and the Arctic financed by public and private international agencies. His research interests include the study of present and past environments in Polar Regions and high mountains using a wide range of natural records (glacial, periglacial, lacustrine, peatlands). He has carried out 7 field seasons in Antarctica and 2 in the Arctic. Apart from Sierra Nevada, where he focused his PhD, he has also conducted research in other mountain regions (Rocky Mountains, Alps, Pamir, Tien Shan, Pyrenees, Cantabrian Mountains), which has provided him a wide comprehension of Earth surface processes in cold-climate environments as well as their interactions with human activities. Until March’18 he has published 67 SCI papers, most of them have in top journals on geomorphology and paleoclimate topics, coordinating 8 Special Issues in SCI journals and 2 books.

Dr Jordi Martín-Díaz

Jordi Martín-Díaz is a PhD researcher at the University of Barcelona since September 2017. He has been conducting several teaching duties at the same university and more recently, in February 2018, he has become an associate professor at the Department of Geography. His PhD focused on the role and the impact of the international community in the urban transformation of Sarajevo after the Bosnian War. The doctoral research included cross-cutting analyses on vulnerable areas such as the urbanisation on high gradients on the slopes surrounding the city of Sarajevo developed by people forcefully displaced. During the last decade, he has conducted several field researches in Sarajevo and a research stay in the US, at Virginia Tech. Jordi has already published in several national and international top journals addressing issues in both fields of Human and Physical Geography. In this sense, he started his geographical career developing a combined analysis on climatology and hydrology in order to progress in the mid-long term prediction of river flows in Catalonia.

Dr Sergi González

Sergi Gonzalez is an atmospheric scientist and weather forecaster at the Spanish Meteorological Service (AEMET) and member of the Association of Polar Early Carreer Scientists (APECS). He finished his PhD in Physics at the University of Barcelona in 2019 about mesoscalar and microphysical precipitation processes at mountain areas. Sergi has a large forecast and scientist experience in mountain areas and polar environtments and he participated in several antarctic campaigns. As a forecaster he does meteorological advice at the spanish Juan Carlos I station and provided weather forecasts to the Windsled 2017 expedition in Greenland and to the Windsled 2019 expedition in Antarctica. As a scientist he has field experience conducting precipitation measurements with disdrometer and radars at the Pyrenees and doing multidisciplinary scientific research in Antarctica. His research interest includes, but is not limited to, mountain and polar precipitation quantification, measurements and processes, as well as multidisciplinary polar and mountain studies. Despite his still short career, Sergi investigates in two state projects and he has already published in several meteorological top journals.

Julia Garcia-Oteyza Ciria

Julia is a geologist graduated at UCM (University Complutense of Madrid) in 2013. She also holds an MSc degree in Geological Risks from the Univertisty of Barcelona (2014), specialized in dating through dendrogeomorphological methodologies for flash floods and debris flows.

After finishing her master’s degree, Julia moved to Belo Horizonte, at the southern region of Brazil, where she lived for about 4 years, working in environmental consultancy companies, participating and conducting physical environment projects and studies. During her stay in Brazil, Julia also supported the management of Bicho do Mato Research Institute, being responsible for the organization and promotion of environmental related events and courses, among other activities. As head of corporate communication and pedagogical co-coordinator, Julia participated on active divulgation and assistance of the scientific projects.

On September 2019 she started her PhD on glacial oscillations and climate variability in NE Greenland.