Maria Lumbierres

PhD Student in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology

About myself

I’m an Early Stage Researcher at the Global Mammal Assessment. I hold a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and two MSc degrees: one in Environmental Biology (Universiteit Utrecht) and other in Remote Sensing (Universitat de València). I firmly believe that the environmental crisis can be solved, despite the many seemingly unconquerable hurdles. The use of rigorous scientific research together with political will, it’s essential to build a better future and can challenge the people that say there is no alternative

About the PhD

My PhD project, “Where will further Key Biodiversity Areas be identified? A modelling approach to focus efforts”, is part of the European Training Network Inspire4Nature, on the interface between science and policy. The aim of the project is to identify new Key Biodiversity Area, ‘sites contributing significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity’. We will focus on finding those irreplaceable areas to prevent global extinctions of birds and mammals, with the use of global species distribution models and remote sensing technology. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Carlo Rondinini, from the Global Mammal Assessment and Dr Paul Donald from BirdLife International.

Research interests

  • Key Biodiversity Areas
  • Remote sensing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Red list assessment
  • Conservation planning