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Dr Monica Ortiz
Institute for Sustainable Resources
  • Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I am an interdisciplinary researcher who focuses on food security and climate change.

I have submitted my thesis for evaluation at the University of Sheffield where I worked between the Departments of Geography and Animal and Plant Sciences. Prior to my PhD, I worked in the Philippines at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government and the Manila Observatory, where I conducted research on risk and resilience to natural hazards such as tropical cyclones.

In 2012 I finished my dual-MSc degree in Environmental Science from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the University of Copenhagen, where my Masters research was on the impacts of climate change on banana production. 

My Bachelor of Science degree was completed at the University of Oregon (BSc Biology, minor in Comparative Literature and Chemistry). I have worked as a naturalist intern with the Audubon Centre in the United States. 

Research Summary

My research focuses on the interactions between global biodiversity and agriculture, with a focus on how these relationships affect food security. Our research will also address how these interactions will be affected by climate change. 

I am working with the Institute for Sustainable Resources and the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research with Dr Tim Newbold, Dr Carole Dalin and Charlie Outhwaite. 
To learn more about the project: uclbiota.wordpress.com 

My previous research at the University of Sheffield Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures focused on quantifying the uncertainty of crop yield projections using a multi-model and multi-method approach to climate-crop modelling.

I have also participated in research on natural hazards (tropical cyclones), disaster risk, and resilience.

Teaching Summary

I have extensive teaching and training (e.g. workshop and presentations) experience, and I am recognised as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

I was adjunct faculty at Ateneo de Manila University (2012-2014) where I was responsible for syllabus development and teaching university-level Biology (Botany) and Environmental Science courses at the Department of Biology.

I have also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the following courses at the University of Sheffield, UK (2014-2018): 
Geography (GEO) 163 - Information and Communication Skills for Geographers 
GEO 390 - Professional Skills for Geography (Field and Lab component)
GEO 6809 - Climate Change in the Global South
GEO 394 - Natural and Environmental Hazards Faculty, 

I have also been a course assistant at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Life Science, Denmark (2011-2012) for the Climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation and Environmental management in Europe courses.

My internship at the National Audubon Society, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Ohio, USA (2009-2010) was involved in developing and teaching programs to school groups and the general public about species identification, ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation.

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