The 500 years old Universidad de Alcalá (UAH) has been able to balance the modern features of new knowledge high quality research and graduate studies, such as environmental sciences, GIS, or informatics-computing (with particular focus on ecosystem restoration and applied ecology and global change) and the more traditional social and life/hard sciences and the humanities. Its joint EU-US programs on climate change modeling, interdisciplinary biodiversity research, marine science (focused on genetics, bioacoustics, Ocean mapping and data management), are part of the research activities of its Benjamin Franklin Institute, established in 1986.
Prof. Dr. Jose Antonio Gurpegui (male), Prof of Transatlantic European-United States International Relations at the UAH, being the Director of the Institute Franklin for 8 years (until 2013). He participated in LifeWatch and CReATIVE-B and helped continue the Program on EU-US environmental and technological issues (Friends of Thoreau Program) that was established in 2001. He also provided funding by the Institute for the establishment of the EU-US Marine Biodiversity Research Group in 2010, whose Director is Prof Juan Junoy.
Juan M. Junoy
Prof. Dr. Juan M. Junoy: (male): Prof of Marine Biology for 30 years at the UAH, with 24 years of positively evaluated research (the Spanish “sexenios de investigacion”), with research projects on marine fauna (nemerteans, isopoda) benthic communities (beaches, estuaries, Marine Protected areas) and pollution (Prestige oil spill). Director of the EU-US Marine Biodiversity Research Group. He has been involved in biodiversity data bases development and also participated in LifeWatch and CReATIVE-B.
Due to the variety of issues touched upon by the Globis-B project additional experts (lab technicians, S.J.D and PhD researchers) participate in different aspects of the project. These include previous participants in the CReATIVE-B project such as Alfonso Herrera (biologist and GIS Master), Paula A. Recarte (Bioacoustics technician, Data manager and GIS Master) and/or María Llosent (Lawyer).