Lab Members

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<h4 text align="center">Mónica Expósito Granados</h4>
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Mónica Expósito Granados

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Almeria
Postdoc advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Jose A. Aznar
Bachelor Science in Biological Sciences, University of Extremadura, 2011
Master of Sciences in Genetic and Evolution, University of Granada, 2013

Mónica is a behavioral ecologist. During her PhD studies she focused on the study of the sub-lethal effects of selective forces (i.e. predation and brood parasitism) on behavioral, reproductive, and physiological traits in birds. Currently, she is focused on the study of human-carnivores interactions through the integration of social-ecological systems framework to understand the factors limiting or facilitating coexistence between human and carnivores in the American West. In addition she is interested on understanding how humans perceive the importance of ecosystem services provided by mussels in the Kiamichi River watershed (Oklahoma) and how different water flows will affect the benefits of them.

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<h4 text align="center">Daniela Alba Patiño</h4>
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Daniela Alba Patiño

Ph.D student, University of Almeria (UAL)
PhD advisors:  Dr. Antonio J. Castro
Bachelor Science in Environmental Engineering, Universidad El Bosque (Colombia), 2017
MS in Sustainable Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services, Uni, 2019

Daniela is a PhD student currently working on the EU LIFE GreenLink ““Restore desertified areas with an innovative tree growing method across the Mediterranean border to increase resilience”. The Green Link project seeks to contribute to the development of effective adaptation strategies across the Mediterranean region by testing an innovative growing method to restore desertified areas. This consists of replacing traditional irrigation techniques with the Cocoon, a water-efficient, low-cost and 100% biodegradable, through six trials in three different Mediterranean countries suffering from desertification.

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<h4 text align="center">Scott Greeves</h4>
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Scott Greeves

MS student, Idaho State University 

MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Colden V. Baxter
Bachelor in Environmental Science, University of East Anglia (UEA), 2016

Scott is endeavoring to create an ecosystem service benefit risk register for both the Portneuf and Treasure Valley regions (Idaho). A risk register is a tool used to describe the current and changing condition of ecosystem benefits across differing habitat types. This versatile tool was first proposed by Mace et al (2015) to convey large amounts of information to policy makers and act as a starting point for identifying conservation priorities. He hopes to create risk registers using your expert opinions, which draw on the experiences of having participated in the MILES program.

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<h4 text align="center">Georgina Castelli</h4>
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Georgina Castelli

Master student, University of Almeria

MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dra. María D. López Rodriguez
Master in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services, University of Almeria, Spain, 2019
Bachelor in Business Administration, National University of Cuyo, Argentina, 2014

Georgina is a native of Mendoza (Argentina) and is interested in the implementation of circular economy plans with emphasis in waste prevention. Before joining the lab, she worked as a volunteer in an NGO, whose pillar was education in values ​​towards children in a less favored economic situation. There she applied her research work, providing the organization with new tools for consolidation and growth. Later she worked in the field of Human Resources in two large companies, she got the motivation to start the Master in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services. She is currently investigating the status of waste prevention actions at EU level and working in an international group of Laboratories, in the Corporate Development and Tenders sector.

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<h4 text align="center">Leticia Soledad Céspedes Duarte </h4>
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Leticia Soledad Céspedes Duarte

Master student, University of Almeria

MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro y Dra. María López Rodríguez
Degree in Environmental Sciences, UTCD (Paraguay), 2012
MS in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services

Leticia is interested in the application of transdisciplinary science. She is currently working in identifying challenges for promoting the sustainability of the greenhouse agriculture in Almeria, southeast Spain, which currently covers the largest concentration of greenhouses of the world. Her research brings together different knowledge systems such as technology, environment, society and culture, management and planning and economics, with the goal of identifying not only the crucial sustainability challenges but also the opportunities and barriers to achieve them and establish a new sustainable agricultural model.

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<h4 text align="center">Christian Asanza</h4>
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Christian Asanza

Ph.D student, University of Almeria (UAL) 

PhD advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Cristina Quintas-Soriano
Bachelor in Economics, Universidad Técnica de Machala,  Ecuador, 2007
Master in Environmental Impacts, Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2012

Christian is an economist investigating the social and ecological roots of ecosystem services across three protected areas in Ecuador. He is particularly interested  in understanding the functioning and governance of different natural reserves with the ultimate goal of transitioning to more sustainable governance system.

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<h4 text align="center">Lina M. Vásquez Salazar</h4>
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Lina M. Vásquez Salazar

Ph.D student, University of Almeria (UAL) 

PhD advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Pedro Aguilera
Bachelor in Environmental Management, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Colombia, 2015
Master in Sustainable Development, University of Almeria, 2017

Lina is investigating the environmental and sociocultural roots of local ecological knowledge (LEK) and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK)  in marine ecosystems. She is particularly interested in understanding how TEK and LEK are shaped in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park (SE Spain), and how this knowledge can be used for improving the management of marine protected areas from a socio-ecological approach.

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<h4 text align="center">Beatriz Elena Murillo López</h4>
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Beatriz Elena Murillo López

Ph.D student, Technological University of Pereira (Colombia)
PhD advisors: Dr. Alexander Feijoo Martínez and Dr. Antonio J. Castro.
Bachelor Science in Environmental Management, Technological University of Pereira, 2005
Master in Ecotechnology, Technological University of Pereira, 2010

Beatriz is a PhD student at the Technological University of Pereira (UTP), Colombia. Linked to the research group in Management of Andean Tropical Agroecosystems (GATA – UTP), She is also a member of the Socio-Ecological Research Lab headed by Dr. Antonio Castro. In the Master’s project Beatriz worked on the “Availability of resources and types of coffee and banana plantation systems in the watershed of the La Vieja River, Colombia”. Currently, the doctoral thesis is ongoing and focuses on the relationship of land use changes and Nature Contribution to People (NCP) in the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (PCC). It is expected to find that from the socio-ecological analysis at the farm level, it is possible to explore interactions and determine behaviors that can be extrapolated to the municipal level, which will allow the planning of the territory from a context that includes minority social groups and functional values and contents about the environment; which will provide guidelines for planning and decision making in the management of the territory.

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<h4 text align="center">Aline Pingarroni</h4>
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Aline Pingarroni

Ph.D student, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
PhD advisors: Dr. Patricia Balvanera and Dr. Antonio J. Castro
Bachelor Science in Biological Sciences, UNAM, 2012
MS in Biological Sciences, UNAM, 2014

Aline is a PhD student within the FOREFRONT program. The FOREFRONT program focuses on agro-forest frontier areas, which are the particularly dynamic borders between forested and agricultural land.FOREFRONT aims to link the landscape-transforming strategies of the various actors with landscape changes and resulting ecosystem services. Alines is focusing on optimizing bundles of ecosystem services and minimizing trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and agricultural production in agro-forest frontiers.

Lab Alumni

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<h4 text align="center">Adams Eckersell</h4>
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Adams Eckersell

M.S. Student, Idaho State University
MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro & Colden Baxter
Bachelor Science in Biology, Idaho State University, 2017
Adam is focused on studying the ecological and sociocultural foundations of relational values in social-ecological river systems.   Relational values are “values linking people and ecosystems via tangible and intangible relationships to nature as well as the principles, virtues and notions of a good life that may accompany these relational values in river social-ecological systems. He is working on the Henrys Fork watershed in South Eastern Idaho looking at  the cultural ecosystem services provided by salmon flies in relation to both aquatic (e.g. fish and invertebrates) and terrestrial organisms (e.g. humans and birds). He combines comprehensive food web research with socio – cultural assessments to shed light on the importance of individual species relationships to ecosystem services to shape relational values. His research demonstrates the importance of an individual species contribution to the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services for future generations.

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<h4 text align="center">Dainee Gibson</h4>
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Dainee Gibson

M.S. Student, Idaho State University
MS advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro

Bachelor Science in Biology and Sustainability, Furman University, 2016

Dainee is focused on combining ecosystem services with conservation planning through biophysical and socio-cultural assessments of the landscape. Her study area is Southeastern Idaho, an area with distinct conservation opportunities among an urbanizing rural landscape. She is investigating the connections between ecosystem and human well-being and hopes to provide useful information for land use planners and conservationists in the Rocky Mountain region.

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<h4 text align="center">Cristina Quintas Soriano</h4>
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Cristina Quintas Soriano

Postdoctoral Associate, Idaho State University, Spain
PhD advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Jodi Brandt
Bachelor Science in Environmental Sciences, University of Almeria, 2012
Master of Sciences in Global Change Monitoring, University of Almeria, 2013

PhD Thesis Link

Cristina Quintas Soriano is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Idaho State University (ISU). Her main research area is focused on the study of the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing using a multidisciplinary approach for the analysis of ecosystem services considering different dimensions of valuation. She is now involved in the MILES program and the PECS project, working on ecosystem services across different social-ecological systems in Spain, Oklahoma, and Idaho.

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<h4 text align="center">Loni Kai Nelson</h4>
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Loni Kai Nelson

Undergraduate MURI student, Idaho State University
Advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro
Bachelor Science in Biological Sciences, ISU, 2018

Loni is working as a MURI student on the ecological and sociocultural foundations of relational values in social-ecological river systems.  She is assisting in the ecological  assessment of  emergent aquatic insects are to trout production, as well as the sociocultural valuation of cultural ecosystem services in the Henrys Fork watershed, Idaho.

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<h4 text align="center">Juan M. Requena Mullor</h4>
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Juan M. Requena Mullor

Former Ph.D student, 2015. Current Postdoctoral Researcher – CAESCG, University of Almería
PhD advisors: Dr. Enrique López and Dr. Antonio J. Castro

PhD Thesis Link

Juanmi is interested in ecological modeling, particularly looking for the improvement of mammals habitat modeling using remote sensing information related with ecosystem functioning. His research focuses on the use of vegetation indexes as Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) in modeling of wildlife ́s ecological attributes as their ecological niche. Other areas of interest are mammals and Global Change, biodiversity in arid and semiarid landscapes, sampling populations and communities, ecosystem services, individual based modeling and sustainable agriculture. Currently, he is involved in a project developing an experimental design and methodology for the Monitoring Program of the Global Change effects in arid and semi-arid zones of southeastern Spain.

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<h4 text align="center">Kelsey Whorton-Bowman</h4>
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Kelsey Whorton-Bowman

Former Undergraduate student at OU, 2013. Current Environmental Programs Specialist at Oklahoma Water Resources Boardof
Advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro and Dr. Caryn Vaughn

Kelsey worked with me from May 2013 to June 2015  with the Oklahoma Biological Survey for the her undergraduate thesis. We traveled to the Kiamichi River Watershed in southeast Oklahoma. During our weeks in the area we surveyed hundreds of locals, tourists, business owners, and students on water and ecosystem services provided by the area. Kelsey also worked using InVEST to map the capacity of the Kiamichi River watershed to storage carbon. We were interested in how humans perceive the importance of these services and how different land activities and/or water flows will affect the benefits of them. As a result of this collaboration we published a paper on perceptions of ecosystem services at the watershed level.

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<h4 text align="center">Joseph Sardashti</h4>
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Joseph Sardashti

Former Undergraduate student at OU, 2013. Current Energy Program Coordinator at City of Oklahoma City
Advisors: Dr. Antonio J. Castro

Joseph worked with me from May 2013 to June 2015  with the Oklahoma Biological Survey. We traveled to the Kiamichi River Watershed in southeast Oklahoma. During our weeks in the area we surveyed hundreds of locals, tourists, business owners, and students on water and ecosystem services provided by the area. We were interested in how humans perceive the importance of these services and how different land activities and/or water flows will affect the benefits of them.

Scientists we collaborate with

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://carynvaughn.com" target="_blank">Caryn Vaughn</a></h4>
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Caryn Vaughn

Presidential Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7HlpwFwAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Berta Martín-López</a></h4>
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Berta Martín-López

Associate Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=geMHCfkAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Marina García Llorente</h4>
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Marina García Llorente

Research Scientist

Domingo Alcaraz Segura

Assistant Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6ZKfJOIAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Peter Verburg</a></h4>
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Peter Verburg

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://www.agro.uba.ar/users/paruelo" target="_blank">José M. Paruelo</a></h4>
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José M. Paruelo

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://www2.isu.edu/departments/strmecol/" target="_blank">Colden V. Baxter</a></h4>
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Colden V. Baxter

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7iRmRKUAAAAJ">Patricia Balvanera</a></h4>
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Patricia Balvanera

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=MnKODIAAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Tobias Plieninger</a></h4>
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Tobias Plieninger

Associate Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://rebeccahale.weebly.com/" target="_blank">Rebecca Hale</a></h4>
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Rebecca Hale

Assistant Research Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PfPfYNMAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">Benis Egoh</a></h4>
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Benis Egoh

Research Scientist
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="http://www.kristacapps.net" target="_blank">Krista Capps</a></h4>
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Krista Capps

Assistant Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://hes.boisestate.edu/who-we-are/faculty/jodi-brandt/" target="_blank">Jodi Brandt</a></h4>
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Jodi Brandt

Assistant Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=y69fJAoAAAAJ&hl=en">Nancy Gleen</a></h4>
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Nancy Gleen

Full Professor
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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1820r7oAAAAJ&hl=en" target="_blank">José Ángel Aznar</a></h4>
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José Ángel Aznar

Full Professor

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katrina_Running">Katrina Running</a></h4>
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Katrina Running

Assistant Professor

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<h4 text align="center"><a href="Francis turkelboom">Francis Turkelboom</a></h4>
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Francis Turkelboom

Full Professor