Associate Researchers

Water and extremes | Associate Researchers

Aldunce is an associate professor at the Environmental Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources Department, Universidad de Chile, and holds a PhD in Sociology from University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation and resilience, transformation in a changing climate, and natural disasters management. She was a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and, currently, of the forthcoming IPCC report, AR6. Also, Aldunce lead the Scientific Working Group on Adaptation of COP25, event that took place in Madrid, Spain, in december 2019.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-1159-9333  |  RESEARCH GATE

Dr. Duncan Christie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from PUCV and a Ph.D. in Forest Sciences from the Austral University of Chile. He actively participates in the research network of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Studies and is an associate professor at the Biodiversity Conservation and Territory Institute of the Austral University of Chile.

Contact:  | ORC ID: 0000-0003-2540-0986  |  RESEARCH GATE SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Lambert is full-time Professor at the Geophysics Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. PhD in Climate Physics from Universität Bern, Switzerland. His research focuses on the study of climate variability (annual to centennial timescales) in the Southern Hemisphere using data from ice core, and the spatial and temporal evolution of atmospheric dust concentrations during the last inter-glacial transition. | ORC ID: 0000-0002-2192-024X  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Muñoz is a professor at the Institute of Geography of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He has a Master of Science in Forestry Resources and a PhD in Forestry Sciences from the Universidad Austral de Chile. His research areas are dendrochronology, climate change, forest ecology and pollution studies. Some of his main motivations are to improve the understanding of changes in water availability and air quality associated with global change, along with promoting the development of policies for the informed and sustainable management of natural resources.

Contact:  | ORC ID: 0000-0002-1719-4900  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Zambrano-Bigiarini is a professor in the Department of Civil Works Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences of the Universidad de La Frontera. PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Trento, Italy. He completed a postdoc at the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Community, focused on the calibration of hydrological models for flood early warning on a pan-European scale. He has developed various packages of the R statistical environment for hydro-meteorological data analysis and global optimization. In CR2 he contributes to the evaluation of the impact of meteorological drought on the availability of water resources in different Andean basins of Chile under the current conditions of climate variability and change.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-9536-643X  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Land use change | Associate Researchers

Dr. Ibarra has a Master’s in Social Science Research Methods and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Her research work focuses on the role of science in climate governance.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0003-1290-9281 | RESEARCH GATE

Galleguillos is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. He is an Agricultural Engineer from Universidad de Chile, Master of Sciences, specializing in Ecosystem Functioning from Montpellier SupAGRO, France, and Ph.D in Agronomic Sciences, mention in Continental Waters and Society from the same institution. His research focuses on the use of empirical and mechanistic models and remote sensing tools for the ecosystems study.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0003-4617-0980  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR

Dr. Antonio Lara is a researcher and full professor at the Faculty of Forestry Sciences and Natural Resources of the Austral University of Chile (Valdivia). He has dedicated his academic life and research to the ecology of native forests, dendrochronology, climate change, and the study of ecosystem services in Chile. His commitment to this line of work has been as the principal investigator for the Forecos scientific core and as president of the Forecos foundation, leading and collaborating on the integration of activities related to ecosystem services.

He has participated in public and private advisory councils and forums, which led to the incorporation of his studies and proposals into the Native Forest Law, approved in 2008, as well as other regulations and guidelines for forest management and conservation.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0003-4998-4584  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Dr. Rocío Urrutia is a forest engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She obtained her master’s degree in geography from the University of Massachusetts, United States, and her doctorate in geography from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Her areas of study include climate change and its impacts on ecosystems, as well as the dynamics and conservation of native forests. She conducted her postdoctoral research at CR2 sponsored by researcher Antonio Lara on the vulnerability of the alerce tree to climate change using eco-physiological tools.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-3548-4813 | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Resilient cities | Associate Researchers

Dr. Marco Billi graduated in Economics from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy, and holds a master’s degree in Systemic Analysis applied to Society from the University of Chile. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Processes and Institutions from the Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile. His interests lie in research and consultancy, particularly in topics related to climate change, sustainable development, inclusion, and inequality. He has experience in designing and implementing social surveys, coordinating teams, and managing qualitative and quantitative research projects. He is conducting his postdoctoral research at CR2 on the governance articulation of elements in Chile, aiming to identify a coherent governance model.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0003-3161-6468 | RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Assistant Professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. Chemical Engineer and Masters in Geophysics from Universidad de Chile and PhD from Laboratoire d’Optique Atmosphérique, Université de Science et Technologies Lille 1, France. His research focuses on the estimation of global aerosol emissions (natural and anthropogenic) using inverse modelling methods, and the evaluation of numerical models to reproduce the desert dust life cycle.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-6214-5518  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Universidad of Chile. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Planning from the same university, and a PhD in Geography from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research has focused mainly on the study of climate in urban areas.

Also, she’s a member of the committee of the Master in Geography and coordinator of the postgraduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems, both from Universidad de Chile.


Anahí Urquiza is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Chile. She holds a degree in Social Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Development from the same university. She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and in the Environment and Society Program at the Rachel Carson Center, both German institutions. An expert in socio-ecological systems theory, her research areas focus on climate change, particularly on water vulnerability, energy transitions, inter- and transdisciplinarity, urban resilience, and polycentric governance.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0001-6901-0846  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Governance and science-policy interface | Associate Researchers

Associate Professor at the Institute of History and Social Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile, and Associate Researcher of the IDEAL (Dynamics of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems) Center. Master of Arts in Social studies of Science and Technology from Roskilde Universitet, Denmark, and PhD in Sociology from Wageningen University, Netherlands. His research focuses on sociology of climate change, and local responses to climate change policies and processes.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-4980-3424  |  RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Dr. Gabriela Azócar is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Chile. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Alberto Hurtado University, Chile. Her research focuses on the study of socio-ecological systems, extreme phenomena, and adaptive governance. Currently, she is the lead researcher for the FONDECYT Initiation Project No. 11190483 “Adaptive Governance in the Face of Mega Forest Fires: The Case of the Socio-Ecological System of Empedrado, Cauquenes, Constitución, and San Javier” (2019-2022).

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-8282-1122 | RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Coastal zone | Associate Researchers

Aguirre has a PhD in Engineering Sciences, with a mention in fluid dynamics of the University of Chile. She’s a professor at the Oceanic Engineering School of the University of Valparaíso. Her research areas are ocean-atmosphere interaction, eastern edge dynamics, climate change and wave climate. | ORC ID: 0000-0002-9883-514X | RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Dr. Deniz Bozkurt is an environmental engineer from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He obtained a master’s and a doctorate in Earth System Sciences from Istanbul Technical University, also in Turkey. His research covers the study of regional climate changes, hydroclimatology, ocean-atmosphere interactions, extreme events, and atmospheric teleconnections. Currently, he has started researching meteorology and climate in Antarctica.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0003-1021-8241 | RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Farías is an associate professor at the Oceanography Department, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a in Oceanography at Universidad de Concepción. Her studies are focussed on understanding the biogeochemical processes involved in greenhouse gas cycles (particularly, nitrous oxide).

Farías has built one of the world’s first marine timeseries of nitrous oxide and methane. These results are helping to understand the processes that lead to both monthly and interannual variability of nitrous oxide fluxes, through a coastal marine water interface. Currently, she is the Director of the Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at Universidad de Concepción, and Chilean representative on the SOLAS (Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study) international project. She lead the Scientific Working Group on Oceans of COP25, event that took place in Madrid, Spain, in december 2019.

Contact:  | ORC ID: 0000-0002-9479-1557 | RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE

Associate Professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. Phd in Atmospheric Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. His research focuses on climate dynamics, particularly the interactions between clouds, precipitation, water vapour and radiation.

Contact: | ORC ID: 0000-0002-7440-7810 | RESEARCH GATE | SCHOLAR GOOGLE