Researcher in Biogeochemistry interested in the application of forensic geochemical tools for interpreting natural environments and reconstructing paleoenvironments. She has expertise on the use of molecular (lipid) and isotopic (stable δ13C, δ15N, Δ14C) markers to decipher origins, biological sources, metabolisms, environments and depositional conditions, in environmental samples of up to 300 million years old.

PhD in Geoscience (2007), Bachelor in Environmental Science (2002) and Diploma in Chemistry (1998). She completed her PhD studies at the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, investigating on the molecular composition of marine sediments and environmental impact assessment on the Cádiz coast. From 2007 to 2011, she was Marie Curie postdoc at the Stockholm University, devoted to study the large-scale carbon cycle and its vulnerability to thermal destabilization in climate-sensitive Arctic regions. From 2011 to 2013, she was part of the scientific team in charge of implementing a national climate monitoring network at the Institut Català de Ciències del Clima. From 2013 to 2015, she worked as ARAID postdoc in a project devoted to the analytical development of characterization systems of nanoparticles involved in the mitigation of diesel emissions at the Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Ambientales de Aragón.

In 2017, she joined the “Biomolecules in Planetary Exploration Group” at the Centro de Astrobiología as a JIN postdoc first, then as RyC. She investigates on the detection of lipid biosignatures in extreme environments with analogy to Mars, with an eye on the search for possible extraterrestrial life.

WoS ResearcherID: N-1172-2013

ORCID: 0000-0002-7444-1242

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KeywordsLipids, Biomarkers, Stable Isotops, Organic Carbon Cycle, Biogeochemistry, Extreme Environments, Mars Analogs, Environmental Paleoreconstructions