Curriculum vitae

Education

  • UAB
    Ph.D. in Ecology (2010), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Thesis: Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds by Mediterranean vegetation: short-chain oxygenated VOCs, interaction between organisms and atmospheric impact. Available online at Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa (TDX) 8 MB
    Advisors: Prof. Josep Peñuelas and Dr. Iolanda Filella
      Extraordinary doctorate award of the Department of Animal and Plant Biology and Ecology (UAB, academic year 2010-11)
  • M.Sc. in Ecology (2007), UAB
  • B.Sc. in Biology, specialized in Plant Biology and Ecology (2004), UAB

Professional experience

  • UCI
    From 2015: Assistant Project Scientist at the University of California Irvine (UCI), Irvine, California, USA.
    Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Biosphere-Atmosphere-Human Interactions groups led by Profs. Alex Guenther and Saewung Kim, at the Department of Earth System Science (ESS).
  • 2013-2015: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Irvine (UCI), Irvine, California, USA.
    Biosphere-Atmosphere-Human Interactions group led by Prof. Saewung Kim, at the Department of Earth System Science (ESS).
  • NCAR
    2013-2015: Visitor at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA. Ultrafine Aerosol (UA) group led by Dr. Jim Smith, at the Atmospheric Chemistry Division.

  • 2011-2013: Postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA.
    Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions (BAI) group led by Dr. Alex Guenther, at the Atmospheric Chemistry Division.
  • CREAF
    2011: Postdoctoral researcher at Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF), Barcelona, Catalonia.
    Global Ecology Group led by Prof. Josep Peñuelas.
  • 2005-2010: PhD student at CREAF. Global Ecology Group, led by Prof. Josep Peñuelas.

Teaching

  • UCI
    Summer 2016: Air Pollution (EARTHSS 23; 4 units) at the University of California Irvine (UCI), Irvine, California, USA. Instructor of record (responsible for course content and evaluation).

Grants and Fellowships

  • AGAUR
    2014-2016 (declined): Beatriu de Pinós postdoctoral fellowship granted by Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) of the Government of Catalonia.
      Obtained one fellowship of only 25, competing among 499 applicants (5% success rate).
  • Fundación Ramón Areces
    2011-2013: Postdoctoral fellowship granted by Fundación Ramón Areces (Madrid, Spain).
  • 2005-2009: PhD fellowship (FPI) granted by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Spanish Government.

Honors

  • Extraordinary doctorate award of the Department of Animal and Plant Biology and Ecology (UAB, academic year 2010-11) that recognizes the best PhD theses of the year
  • Named Top-50 Highly Cited Author 2007-2010 for the journal Atmospheric Environment for the 2007 article Short-chain oxygenated VOCs: Emission and uptake by plants and atmospheric sources, sinks, and concentrations
  • NASA Honor Award for Group Achievement for the KORUS-AQ campaign (2017).

Field campaigns

  • KORUS-AQ (spring 2016): An international collaborative field campaign with measurements in South Korea on board the NASA DC-8 aircraft, and field sites in Seoul (urban) and Taehwa forest (suburban). I was in charge of the acquisition of airborne data with an I- Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometer, and aiding with measurements at the field sites. The campaign was funded and coordinated by NASA (USA) and NIER (National Institute of Environmental Research, South Korea).
  • GoAmazon 2014/5 (1-10/2014): A four months (two months during the wet season and two during the dry season) international collaborative field campaign with observations at the T3 site in Manacapuru (Amazonas, Brazil) that for me consisted of measurements of VOCs and OH radical in air of the Amazon basin ranging from pristine to polluted, depending upon the influences of the pollution plumes from the city of Manaus (~2 million inhabitants). The campaign was coordinated by Prof. Scot Martin (Harvard University, USA) and Dr. Antonio Manzi (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil) and funded by several Brazilian and US institutions.
  • TUFFS (5-8/2014): Measurements of canopy-level eddy covariance fluxes of VOCs from the Amazonian rain forest near the city of Santarém (Pará, Brazil) in collaboration with the group of Prof. Julio Tota of the University of Western Pará (UFOPA) and the group of Jim Smith (NCAR). I participated in the operation and maintenance of the PTR-TOF-MS instrument.
  • SOAS (6-7/2013): A six-week field collaborative campaign taking place near Brent, Alabama (USA) during the summer of 2013 that focused on the study of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. I was mainly involved in the obtention and analysis of VOC, OH, and NO2 data. The campaign was coordinated by Ann Marie Carlton (Rutgers University), José Luis Jiménez (University of Colorado, Boulder), Allen Goldstein (University of California, Berkeley) and Alex Guenther (NCAR).
  • BRITE (4/2013): An international collaborative campaign held in Israel to investigate the CO2, H2O, energy, COS, VOC, and aerosol fluxes from pine forests along a precipitation gradient (280 to 800 mm) in the semi-arid region using a mobile flux measurement platform. I led the acquisition and analysis of ecosystem-level VOC fluxes obtained by Eddy Covariance. In collaboration with several groups: Prof. Dan Yakir (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Prof. Josep Peñuelas (CREAF, Barcelona), and Prof. Thomas Karl (Univ. of Innsbruck, Austria).
  • DISCOVER-AQ (1-2/2013): Measurements of VOCs at the urban location of Fresno in support of the California 2013 deployment of the DISCOVER-AQ five-year mission led by NASA's Langley Research Center. I led the acquisition of VOC data with PTR-TOF-MS. In collaboration with Prof. Saewung Kim (University of California, Irvine).
  • PINOT-NOIR (5-10/2012): Biogenic VOC emission fluxes measured at an oak-dominated forest in the Ozarks region, Missouri (USA). I led the acquisition and analysis of ecosystem-level VOC fluxes obtained by Eddy Covariance. This campaign was part of the BEACHON project coordinated by NCAR. In collaboration with the Forestry Department of the University of Missouri and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge TN, USA).
  • MONTES (spring and summer 2010): Atmospheric (using tethered ballon and PTR-MS) and leaf-level biogenic VOC measurements in different ecosystems of the Iberian peninsula, within the Consolider MONTES project coordinated by CREAF. With collaboration of Dr. Alex Guenther's group (NCAR, Boulder, USA) and Dra. Rita Baraldi's group (IBIMET, Bologna, Italy).
  • DAURE (winter and summer 2009): Atmospheric VOC measurements in Barcelona (urban ambient) and Montseny (rural ambient), within the aerosol study in the Western Mediterranean Basin coordinated by Dr. Xavier Querol's group (Idaea-CSIC, Barcelona) and Dr. José Luis Jiménez (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA).

Professional service

Publications

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