Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC)
I am a senior researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CEBAS-CSIC), where I perform interdisciplinary research on environmental change and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) from local to regional scales. I work on applied research in the context of climate change (adaptation and mitigation) and land degradation (prevention and restoration) in close collaboration with stakeholders. I study SLM to increase water security and ecosystems resilience to land degradation and climate change and other ecosystem services, and combine (participatory) field monitoring, modelling, and socio-ecological systems analysis to identify barriers and motivators for implementation of SLM. I am closely involved in the initiation, monitoring and assessment of several large-scale land restoration initiatives, including regenerative agriculture, reforestations, and ecological restoration of a coastal lagoon. I was member of the Science-Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) from 2014 to 2017, and coordinating lead author of a SPI-UNCCD report on SLM for climate change adaptation and mitigation. I published numerous high-impact scientific publications, technical reports and policy briefs.