I finished my Ethnobiology’s PhD degree in 2013 at the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK), analyzing the effects of various conservation and development programs upon agroculinary ethnobiological systems amongst Ngäbe populations of Conte-Burica, Costa Rica. Prior to that, I also studied the socio-environmental and financial feasibility of Ngäbe ecotourism programs in the Osa Peninsula – partly while undertaking a Master’s degree in Environmental Management in 2005-2007 at the University for International Cooperation (Costa Rica) – while closely working with local families neighboring the renowned yet controversial Corcovado National Park. I have a previous background in evolutionary biology and microbial ecology, completing a Master’s degree in organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts (USA) in 1998, and holding an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Barcelona since 1996.
Currently, as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona and the Botanical Institute of Barcelona, my research interests revolve around food plants, ethnobiological databases, urban ethnobotany, participatory methodology, as well as theory and practice in ethnobiology. Relevant postdoctoral ongoing projects started in 2014 in collaboration with various public and private research institutions include: the Bullipedia classification of food products (as a botanist in charge of classifying food products of botanical origin and publication of materials), the yearly multicultural food fare Flavors of the World (as an ethnobotanist in charge of the study of ethnic markets and dissemination of ethnobotanical results in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona), the second phase of the Inventory of Spanish Traditional Ecological Knowledge (as an ethnobotanist in charge of producing several monographs of a national atlas of ethnobiological knowledge), as well as in the study of sociocultural factors affecting wild food plant consumption in Spain (as an ethnobotanist in charge of data analysis and dissemination of research results).
In the future, I would like to participate in the creation of an ethnobotanical urban network initially in my home city, Barcelona, in which biocultural diversity is studied, better understood, valued and promoted while combining multidisciplinary approaches and collaborating with multiple stakeholders.
I want to advance ethnobotanical research on the role of food plants in biocultural diversity persistence and change, especially in urban environments and communities in transition in order to create networks in which biocultural diversity is studied, better understood, valued and promoted in multidisciplinary ways.