My passion is to combine disciplines to solve environmental challenges, especially in the context of ecosystem restoration and ecological engineering. I love learning from archaeologists, paleolimnologists, economists or theoreticians in my research endeavors. My background is in Natural Resource Engineering and Forestry (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid). I did my PhD at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) on wetland engineering. Then I moved to UC Berkeley for a postdoc at the Integrative Biology Department with Mary Power. I was later awarded the Jasper Ridge Restoration Fellowship at Stanford University and then spent one year at the French National Research Council (CNRS) before I was awarded a tenure-track Ikerbasque Research Fellowship. In 2019, I was tenured as an Ikerbasque Associate Researcher, position that I still hold. In 2020, I joined the Department of Landscape Architecture with an affiliation to the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
I am a postdoctoral researcher in forest ecology and ecosystem restoration. I studied Forestry Engineering and Environmental Sciences and after that I specialized through a MSc in ecosystem restoration. My PhD focused on Mediterranean forest recovery and restoration in old fields, and how plant-plant interactions and environmental conditions modulate recovery patterns. Currently my research is focused on global forest resilience under the new perturbation regimes linked to global change and the influence of modified landscapes on forest recovery. In my free time, I like hanging out with my friends and my family, especially outdoors enjoying nature.
I am a restoration ecologist and I am originally from Bolivia. While most of my experience has been in tropical forests, I am now excited to learn more about temperate forests at the Ecosystem Recovery lab. My doctoral dissertation focused on evaluating the effectiveness of active versus passive restoration at recovering dead wood carbon, insect communities, and insect-mediated dead wood decomposition functions in southern Costa Rica. My main goal as a restoration ecologist is to contribute to the creation of cost-effective, practical restoration strategies that can be implemented by local communities and governments to recover forest diversity and basic ecosystem services in temperate and tropical ecosystems.
I am an agronomist, MSc. in Plant Genetic Resources and PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), Department of Genetics, linked to the Conservation Genetics and Genomics Group. I have experience and research collaborations with national (Brazil) and international organizations (Italy, French Guyana, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, United States and England); and I have integrated a network of 29 institutions, governmental and non-governmental, from Brazil and Uruguay, for research projects and germplasm collection involving 5 biomes from South America. I am working in the following areas: i) Plant Genetics and Genomics; ii) Evolutionary Biology; iii) Ethnobotany; iv) Plant Genetic Resources Conservation; v) Evolution and Plant Domestication; vi) Traditional and Family Agriculture.
Vanessa Harden is an artist and designer focused on creating thought-provoking experiences and installations in the built environment. Her current research focuses on how mycorrhizal networks facilitate plant connectivity in cities. She is developing tools and methodologies to help support the fitness and functions of urban ecosystems by incorporating healthy soil fungal communities and networks into the design of urban environments. She is the founder of Subversive Gardener, an IF Concept Award winning design project turned non-profit organization that focuses on environmental education, design exploration, and public intervention connected to the guerrilla gardening subculture. Vanessa is also the founder of Wild Flag Studios, a design studio that creates interactive sculptures and produces art installations for clients worldwide. She has taught as well as served as guest critic at numerous institutions. While teaching at New York University, she established a research group called IDM.Grow which was dedicated to introducing students to agricultural technologies and their practical applications. She has delivered multiple talks about her work, addressing how public interventions act as vehicles that draw awareness to timely social and environmental challenges. Vanessa and her work have been featured in publications including Vogue, The Guardian, Wired, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Vice, and others, and on networks including CNN and the BBC. Her work has been shown in multiple exhibitions including at the Venice Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Institution. She holds three art and design centric degrees from the Ontario College of Art & Design (BDes), MIT Media Lab and the Royal College of Art (MA RCA). Vanessa is currently in the Doctor of Design program (DDes) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
I am an interdisciplinary designer and creative technologist who works across multiple scales in both natural and built environments. As a first year DDes at Harvard GSD, my research leverages digital fabrication, tunable material and applied ecology for the remediation of post-industrial landscapes. I’m a graduate of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I worked in the Mediated Matter group with Neri Oxman to produce bio-fabricated structures exhibited in MoMa, SFMoMA and the Cooper Hewitt. I received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University with a Goodwin Sands thesis prize and Eidlitz Fellowship. I have held teaching positions at UC Berkeley, Woodbury University and the Boston Architectural College. Additionally, I co-taught design-build studios at AHO during his Fulbright Fellowship in Oslo. Previously, I have worked for design firms such as Snøhetta in SF, Only If in NYC, and Miniwiz in Taipei as well as in creative roles at NASA JPL in LA, and OPT Industries in Cambridge.
Cosupervised PhD Students
|Yuchen Meng||Cosupervised PhD Student||Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University|
|Yehui Zhong||Cosupervised PhD Student||Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences|
|Jonas Kantola||Research Assistant|
|Asun Rodriguez Una||2016 - 2021||Graduate Program in Conservation and Management of Biodiversity. University of the Basque Country||Royal Society Fellow. University of Cambridge|
|Guillermo Asens||2017-2018||Master in Conservation and Management of Biodiversity. University of the Basque Country||Master on Ecosystem Restoration, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain|
|Javier Porras Gomez||2018 - 2020||Master in Ecosystem Restoration. Universidad de Alcala, Spain||PhD student. Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain|
|David Lizaso||2017-2018||Master in Agrobiology. Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain||Master on Agrobiology, University of the Basque Country, Spain|
|Alvaro Moreno Martin||2018 - 2019||Master in Ecosystem Restoration. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain||PhD student, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain|
|Pablo Rhodes||2016-2017||Master in Ecosystem Restoration. Universidad de Alcala, Spain||Master on Ecosystem Restoration, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain|
|Maria Isabel Vara Rodriguez||2011-2012||Master in Ecosystem Restoration. Universidad de Alcala, Spain||Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain|
|June Hidalgo||2016-2018||PhD student, Universidad del País Vasco|
|Scarlet Rendleman||2021-2022||Master in Landscape Architecture. Graduate School of Design. Harvard University|
|Jenna Wu||2020-2021||Master in Landscape Architecture. Graduate School of Design. Harvard University|
|Kat Wyatt||2020-2021||Master in Landscape Architecture. Graduate School of Design. Harvard University|
|Name||Where are they now?|
|Ainhoa Aranzabal||Universidad del País Vasco|
|Nerea Bonachera||Universidad del País Vasco|
|Samantha Catella||UC Berkeley|
|Rachel Fox||Reed College|
|Caroline Gombortx||UC Berkeley|
|Eddie Hill||Whitman College|
|Minh Chau Ho||Stanford University|
|Jon Laza||Universidad del País Vasco|
|Daniel Lopez||UC Berkeley|
|Xabier Salgado||Universidad del País Vasco|
|Joleen Tseng||UC Berkeley|
|Almudena Rodriguez Vila||Universidad Politécnica de Madrid|