My passion for birds and nature began as a child exploring the Pyrenees mountains with father. The mystery that surrounds the Lammergeier silhouette triggered my curiosity and interest towards wildlife. I studied biology in Spain and Norway, and was awarded my PhD at the University of Barcelona in 2012, titled “Birds as bioindicators of pollution in terrestrial and aquatic environments”. Within it I mainly studied the trophic ecology and pollution levels of land and waterbirds, with a particular focus on how human activities affect bird populations and dynamics. My work provided important information for conservation management of wetlands and terrestrial habitats and the species that utilize them.
Through research and conservation, I have followed my interest in birds and nature by participating in several projects, which have taken me to isolated islands and remote archipelagos across the globe. Columbretes islands and their Eleonoras Falcons in the heart of the Mediterranean, Tasmania, Heligoland in the North Sea, Tromsø in Norway, the Seychelles archipelago and their graceful White-tailed tropicbirds in the Indian Ocean, Costa Rica or the Galápagos islands and their impressive landscapes and fauna are just some examples where I had the chance to learn, research and protect wildlife. One of my latest projects was with the University of Hawaii in Oahu, trying to unravel the mysteries of the Pueo or the Hawaiian Short-eared Owl.
Parallel to my work in research and conservation, I have worked as Expedition Staff - Ornithologist for Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic since 2015. I have traveled onboard their Blue Water Ships to the most remote locations of the planet, including more than 16 expeditions to Antarctica!
Currently, I am back in Spain, living in the heart of the Pyrenees with my loyal border collie, Orion. As a keen ornithologist and world traveler, I am always up to new adventures or new places to explore, the more remote, the better!
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
― David Attenborough