I am a senior researcher in environmental and ecological science and technology with proven track record and hands-on experience in project management, team leadership, supervision and university teaching. Highly motivated to push the state of the art in ecological and environmental monitoring and to improve our knowledge on the state of biodiversity in a changing world.
My professional pathway in a nutshell
I successfully defended my PhD thesis in science in June 2006 at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Next, I was awarded a highly competitive fellowship obtained from the Fund for Scientific Research F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium) to conduct post-doctoral research in collaboration with scientific institutions in several European countries.
In 2008, I was hired for a permanent position as a project manager at the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann to develop and coordinate the national biodiversity-monitoring programme in Luxembourg.
In 2014, I moved to the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology lab of the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain). As a representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), I participated in several international projects and initiatives and I coordinated a LIFE project funded by the European Commission to develop the EuroBirdPortal.
In 2017, I became a scientific assistant at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) to provide scientific expertise and coordinating support for the production of the Global Assessment report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
In 2020, I got a permanent position as head of the Observatory for Climate, Environment and Biodiversity at the Environmental Research and Innovation department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). I am leading and managing a multidisciplinary team of researchers and engineers delivering state-of-the-art and science-based infrastructures and data for ecological and environmental monitoring.
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My main research lines and interests
- Understanding and predicting the impacts of global environmental change on ecosystems and biodiversity across a range of spatial and temporal scales
- Combining and analysing structured and unstructured biodiversity and environmental datasets to improve our understanding of biodiversity dynamics under changing environmental conditions
- Evaluating the roles played by different factors in driving changes in the state of biodiversity across spatial and temporal scales
- Communicating scientific evidence and knowledge gaps on biodiversity to policymakers and stakeholders
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Biodiversity dynamics, biodiversity monitoring, climate change, conservation biogeography, environmental monitoring, global change, impact assessment, landscape ecology, land use change, predictive modelling, science-policy interface, spatial ecology, systematic review of scientific literature