Research-management Fellow | Pavel Bautista Solís | CLADA

Pavel Bautista07072017Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
Latin American Chair on Environmental Decisions for Global Change (CLADA)

Position: Research-management Fellow


Website: CLADA

Highest academic qualification: Ph.D. in Agroforestry with emphasis in Rural Development


Role in the Project: Pavel collaborates in research related to the decision making on water resources by the different productive sectors from the local economy and the characterization of the local water governance. Moreover, in coordination with local stakeholders supports the strengthening of the communication and dissemination strategy of FuturAgua which pretends to facilitate the use of the information generated by the project. Finally, he also supports FuturAgua management by facilitating research logistics and collaborating in the elaboration of project reports.


Pavel is a Mexican specialist in rural development. He holds a M.Sc. in Ecological Agriculture from CATIE and a Ph.D. in Tropical Agroforestry with emphasis in Rural Development from Bangor University. Pavel has worked as a consultant in several regional programmes and as assistant professor at CATIE and UNA in Costa Rica. His technical expertise includes environmental livestock, ecological agriculture and mixed-methods research. Moreover, he has worked in the management and monitoring of rural development processes using mixed methods (participatory, qualitative, and quantitative).


5 most recent relevant publications:


Vignola, R.; Harvey, C.A.; Bautista-Solis, P.; Avelino, J.; Rapidel, B.; Donatti, C.; Martinez, R. 2015. Ecosystem-based adaptation for smallholder farmers: Definitions, opportunities and constraints. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 211: 126-132.


Bautista-Solís, P., Vignola, R., Harvey, CA., Avelino, J., Chacón, M., Martínez, R., Trevejo, L., Rapidel, B. 2014. Contribution of sustainable agricultural management practices to reduce the impacts of extreme weather events in Tropical America. CASCADE Project Working Paper. Turrialba, Costa Rica, CATIE., CI., CIRAD. 86 p.


Bautista-Solís, P., Pezo, D., Brook, R., Piniero, M., Ambrose-Oji, B. 2012. Participatory learning and on-farm experimentation effects on the human assets of livestock farmers from Petén, Guatemala. VII Congreso Latinoamericano de Sistemas Agroforestales para la Producción Pecuaria Sustentable p. 333-340.


Bautista-Solís, P. 2012. Are we learning?” Strengthening local people’s capacities to facilitate the recuperation of degraded pasture lands in Central America. Tesis Ph.D. Turrialba, CR, CATIE., Bangor University. 331 p.


Bautista-Solís, P; Gutiérrez-Montes, I. 2012. Capitales de la comunidad y la conservación de recursos naturales: El caso del corredor Tenorio-Miravalles. Turrialba, CR, CATIE. 134 p.

UBC coordinator | Laura Morillas

Profile picture

The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS)

Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow – UBC Coordinator


Web site: 

Highest academic qualification: PhD. Applied and Enviromental Sciences

Role in the Project: My main scientific interest is to study water resources in water-limited ecosystems and how climate change can affect water dynamics and water availability in those areas. Because evapotranspiration is the main component of the water balance under water limited conditions, during my PhD (Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC, Spain) my main research objective was to develop regional evapotranspiration models specifically designed for semiarid conditions to achieve an accurate methodology to quantify evapotranspiration at regional scale. Working with physical models forced me to understand those factors controlling the evapotranspiration, and how those factors will be be affected by climate change. To validate evapotranspiration models I learnt and used the Eddy Covariance technique, the most extended methodology to measure CO2, evapotranspiration and energy fluxes between the land surface and the atmosphere. After my PhD I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico (US) where I studied the consequences regarding to water resources of widespread piñon mortality events affecting large areas of piñon-juniper woodlands in the Southwestern US. Now as member of FuturAgua project from the UBC team I will be focused in improving our understanding of water dynamics in the Guanacaste region, specifically agricultural water use, and collaborate to develop a hydrological model to predict the response of local water resources to predicted climatic scenarios. I am very interested in the practical and social aspects of this project, in which research will be applied from the characterization of current water resources to the development of management strategies to improve resilience of this agricultural-based social-ecological system in order to respond in a time matter to possible water scarcity.


5 most recent relevant publications:


Morillas L., Pangle R., Krofcheck D., Pockman W., Litvak M. 2015. Consequences of Widespread Piñon Mortality for Water Availability and Water Use Dynamics in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, US.


Serrano-Ortiz, P., Oyonarte, C., Pérez-Priego, O., Reverter, B.R., P. Sánchez-Cañete, E., Were A., Uclés, O., Morillas L., Domingo, F. 2014. Ecological functioning in grass–shrub Mediterranean ecosystems measured by eddy covariance. Oecologia.


Morillas, L., Villagarcia, L., Domingo, F., Nieto, H., Uclés O., García, M. 2014. Environmental factors affecting the accuracy of surface fluxes from a two-source model in Mediterranean drylands: Upscaling instantaneous to daytime estimates. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.


Morillas, L., Leuning R., García, M., Villagarcía, L., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Domingo, F. 2013. Improving evapotranspiration estimates in Mediterranean drylands: the role of soil evaporation. Water Resources Research.


Morillas, L., García, M., Nieto, H., Villagarcia, L., Sandholt, I., Gonzalez-Dugo, M.P., Zarco-Tejada, P.J., Domingo, F. 2013. Using radiometric surface temperature for energy flux estimation in Mediterranean drylands from a two-source perspective. Remote Sensing of Environment. 

UBC - Killam Research Fellow | Daniel Karp


Daniel Karp 14102015The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

Position: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow






Highest academic qualification: PhD in Biology-Ecology and Evolution


Role in the Project: The future of Earth’s species will largely depend on their abilities to persist through changing climates and in agricultural landscapes. My work with FuturAgua focuses on forecasting how complex interactions between habitat conversion and climate change will affect Costa Rica’s rich diversity of native birds and the benefits they provide to people. Early results suggest that the bird species that can tolerate deforested, agricultural areas are typically found in dry climates, while forest-dwelling species come from wetter climates. These findings suggest that climate and land-use change may homogenize biodiversity through threatening similar species (i.e., the wet-adapted and forest-affiliated ones). My goals in the FuturAgua project are three-fold. First, I will survey birds along land-use and precipitation gradients in the Guanacaste region to isolate the effects of climate and land-use change on tropical birds. Second, to identify forward-looking conservation strategies, I will forecast how alternate scenarios of future land-use and climate change will affect bird communities. Finally, I will quantify the consequences of future changes in land-use and climate for people, documenting how changes in bird communities may affect the ecotourism industry as well as the critical roles birds play in ecosystems (e.g., as pollinators and seed dispersers).


Daniel Karp is a Killam postdoctoral fellow based at the University of British Columbia. Daniel completed his Ph.D. in 2013 and undergraduate studies in 2009 at Stanford University’s Department of Biology. Daniel’s research focuses on developing innovative solutions for reconciling conservation activities with food production practices. His research program has four thrusts. First, he applies ecological theory to understanding and managing biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes. Second, he quantifies the effects of alternative agricultural practices on biodiversity-mediated ecosystem services to people. Third, he investigates how identifying tradeoffs among biodiversity and ecosystem services can inform development of multifunctional landscapes. Finally, Daniel works extensively with interdisciplinary scientists and practitioners to synthesize science and guide policy.


5 most recent relevant publications:

Karp, D.S., S. Gennet, C. Kilonzo, M. Partyka, N. Chaumont, E.R. Atwill, and C. Kremen. (2015) Co-managing agriculture for nature conservation and food safety. PNAS 112: 11126-11131.


Karp, D.S., C.D. Mendenhall, E. Callaway, L. Frishkoff, P.M. Kareiva, P.R. Ehrlich and G.C. Daily (2015) Confronting and resolving competing values behind conservation objectives. PNAS 112: 11132-11137.


Karp, D.S., H. Tallis, R. Sachse, B. Halpern, K. Thonicke, W. Cramer, B. Tietjen, H. Mooney, S. Polasky, B. Tietjen, K. Waha, A. Walz, and S. Wolny. (2015) National indicators for observing ecosystem service change. Global Environmental Change 35: 12-21.


Frishkoff, L.*, D.S. Karp*, C.D. Mendenhall, L. M’Gonigle, C. Kremen, E.A. Hadly, and G.C. Daily. (2014) Loss of avian phylogenetic diversity in Neotropical agricultural systems. Science 345: 1343-1346.


Karp, D.S., C.D. Mendenhall, R.F. Sandí, P.R. Ehrlich, E.A. Hadly, and G.C. Daily (2013) Forest bolsters bird abundance, pest control, and coffee yield. Ecology Letters 16: 1339-1347

UBC-Research Assistant | Jennifer Romero

Jennifer Romero

The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS)

Position: UBC Research Assistant.


Web site: Jennifer Romero

Highest academic qualification: M.S.




Role in the Project: supporting the PIs to develop research plans and tasks; supporting communication to prepare and follow the Research Consortium Agreement; developing research plans; supporting preparation of detailed budgets and reporting structures; ensuring that grant requirements, schedules and deadlines are met; coordinating meetings between researchers and stakeholders and traveling to Costa Rica to coordinate research links with stakeholders. Finally, Jennifer is working to ensure high quality communication and links among the members of the Project Group


Jennifer is a Forester, from the Universidad de Chile, and she holds a Masters in Resources Management and Environmental Studies, from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her undergrad thesis was about native forests and firewood market in Chile, and her Masters’ research was about the implementation of the Forest Law in three provinces in Argentina. Also, Jennifer is member of the Board of Directors of the Chilean NGO Agrupación de Ingenieros Forestales por el Bosque Nativo, en Chile (Foresters for Native Forests).


5 most recent relevant publications:

Romero, J. Cuantificación, caracterización y análisis de la comercialización de leña en Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino, XII Región, 2008. Memoria para la obtención del Título profesional de Ingeniero Forestal. Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales.


Romero, J. Cruz, G. Cuantificación, caracterización y análisis de la comercialización de leña en Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino, XII Región. Bosque Nativo 43: 9-13, 2009 (ver volumen 43).


Frene, C; Donoso, S; Donoso,P; Romero J (editores). 2011. Hacia un Nuevo Modelo Forestal. Propuestas para el desarrollo sustentable del bosque nativo y sector forestal en Chile. Agrupación de Ingenieros Forestales por el Bosque Nativo. 67p.


Romero, J. La protección de los bosques nativos en Argentina a través de la Ley 26.331. Bosque Nativo 50: 26-32, 2012.


Romero,J. 2012. Forest Conservation in Argentina: early analysis of the Forest Law implementation in the Chaco Ecoregion. Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment ofthe requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The University of British Columbia.

Diana Carolina Camargo C.


University of British Columbia (UBC)
School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP)

Position: Web Assistant


Highest academic qualification: Master of Arts (In progress)




Role in the Project: Carolina worked on the dissemination of relevant project information to stakeholders and the general public. In collaboration with Jennifer Romero, she designed and updated the FuturAgua website. The main goal of this process was to make all project materials available in both Spanish and English in order to facilitate communication among researchers, students and stakeholders. Carolina is a MA candidate at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Previously, she completed a BA in psychology in the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.


Most recent publications

Chaux, E., Camargo, D. C., León, M. & Trujillo, D. (2013). Actitudes y dinámicas de robo en un colegio de nivel socioeconómico medio-alto. Revista Criminalidad, enero-abril, Vol. 55 (1), pp. 11-29.

Iain Hawthorne

Iain Hawthorne 09072015The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS)

Position: Research assistant



Highest academic qualification: PhD (in  progress)


Role in the Project:  Iain led the design, testing, laboratory calibration, transportation and construction of eddy-covariance and related climatic and edaphic sensor equipment which are installed in the farm fields; this equipment is being used to monitor fluxes of carbon dioxide and evapotranspiration.


Iain is a Geological Sciences PhD candidate at the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he completed an MSc in Soil Science at the University of British Columbia. For his master’s thesis, he designed a novel approach for monitoring vegetation growth at a harvested Jack-Pine stand in central Saskatchewan while measuring the stands carbon balance over 3-years using a closed-path eddy-covariance system.

Cam Webster


The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

Position: Research Assistant


Highest academic qualification: MSc (In progress)





Role in the Project: Cam assisted with the design and construction of sensor equipment which is installed in the field; this equipment is being used to monitor water levels, temperature, and conductivity.


Cam is a MSc at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he studied Environmental Sciences at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. For his master’s thesis, he is studying the effects of biochar application on soil surface greenhouse gas fluxes.

Nadya Moisseeva

Nadya 2

The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS)

Position: Research Assistant


Highest academic qualification: MSc (Atmospheric Sciences)





Role in the Project: Nadya’s primary role in the project is to analyze the precipitation patterns in the region and assess possible trends. The two-peak nature of the annual precipitation cycle is driven by complex ITCZ dynamics, which are further perplexed by the changing climate. Nadya’s main focus is to attempt to understand how these dynamics are evolving and devise possible future scenarios. Nadya has earned her Honours BSc degree in Environmental Sciences and Physics at UBC. Her thesis work examined episodic ozone pollution in the Lower Fraser Valley. She has subsequently received a Masters degree in Atmospheric Science (UBC) for her research on the dynamics of sea-breeze hodograph rotation using numerical modelling.

Claudia Castro

Claudia Castro

The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Department of Forest Resource Management (FRM)

Position: Field project coordinator


Highest academic qualification: MSc (In progress)




Role in the Project: Claudia supported FuturAgua´s field work in Nicoya during the summer of 2014. Her support consisted mainly in planning, arranging the logistics and helping with the implementation of the field work. Specifically, she was in charge of facilitating the implementation of the different work plans, arranging the accommodation in Nicoya, facilitating communication between stakeholders and research students, coordinating meetings between researchers and stakeholders and the project coordinator, helping to conduct and transcribe interviews, and improving the safety of the research team.


Claudia holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences and Arts, a Diploma in Geomatics (both from Chile) and is currently enrolled in a MSc program at UBC (Canada) researching about online public consultation systems. She has more than 9 years of experience linked to consultancy in the environmental field for projects in Chile, Canada, Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

Most recent publications

Castro, Claudia. Environmental certifications applied to the case of construction, 2004. Monograph work submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of bachelor of environmental sciences and arts.


Castro, Claudia. Urban park El Carmen of Quilpué (5th Region-Chile). Final project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the professional title of Landscape Ecologist. Universidad Central de Chile, School of Ecology and Landscape.