1st SRAP-IEAP Meeting in New Zealand

On Thursday 9th December 2020 we had our very first meeting in New Zealand!

The meeting was in Auckland. Thanks Dr Marta Ribó for organising this.


Below you can find a brief description of  each of the 5 SRAP-IEAP participants (in the photo, they are clockwise from left to right).

– Dr Pablo Higuera is a Spanish researcher who has joined the University of Auckland as a Lecturer in Coastal Engineering, Faculty of Engneering, University of Auckland. His research field is Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to coastal hydrodynamics, wave-structure interaction, hydraulics and environmental flows.

– Dr Sonia Garcia is an early career researcher in the social aspects of fisheries and a mid-career professional in public policy and international governance. She is the Research Program Coordinator at the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland.

– Dr Evert Leonardo Duran Quintero is an early career researcher at the School of Environment, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. Expert in geophysicist with interests in borehole logging, seismic and potential methods in applied geophysics.

– Dr Marta Ribó is an early career researcher at the School of Environment, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. She is a marine geologist with experience on evaluating sedimentary processes and hydrodynamics controlling the changes on seabed morphology, and evaluating human impact in marine environments.

– Dr Miguel Martin is an early career researcher at The Photon Factory, School of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. He is an expert of laser material processing, and his research is centered in lasers and photonics for the development of different applications, ranging from industry focused projects to research topics.

They all introduced themselves and told their stories about how they travelled from Spain to New Zealand.

For 2021 the SRAP-IEAP members in New Zealand are expecting to organise their first events, including a Research Bites.


About Angel.Lopez-Sanchez

Dr Ángel R. López-Sánchez is an astrophysicist and science communicator working at the Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University (MQ) in Sydney (NSW, Australia). His research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies, using multi-wavelength (UV, optical, IR, radio) data. He presented his PhD Thesis at University of La Laguna and the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain) in 2006. In 2007 he joined CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (Sydney) with a postdoctoral position. He then joined the AAO (formerly the Australian Astronomical Observatory) and MQ in 2011. In July 2018 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at AAO-MQ. He has been providing instrument and observing support at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT, Siding Spring Observatory, NSW) since 2011, being the instrument scientist of several instruments: the multi-fiber spectrograph 2dF+AAOmega and the near-infrared imager and spectrograph IRIS2. He also has large experience with integral-field spectroscopy (IFS), being a very active member of the SAMI collaboration at the AAT and part of the HECTOR Science Team. He currently is the Instrument Scientist of KOALA+AAOmega at the AAT, and leads the international astronomy survey "HI KOALA IFS Dwarf and irregular galaxy Survey" (Hi-KIDS), that is getting unique, high-quality IFS data of a sample of 100 nearby dwarf and irregular galaxies for which 21cm H I interferometric data is available He has large experience teaching undergraduate and PhD students and giving lectures and classes about Astronomy. Dr. López-Sánchez is passionate science communicator who continuously gives talks and public lectures, writes popular science articles and organizes science communication events and stargazing activities. He is very active in social media, his Twitter feed is @El_Lobo_Rayado.