International Mobility Research Fellowship Program for Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists on past global changes







Contribute to the development of collaborative research and the promotion of paleoscience networks in Latin America and the Caribbean


IAI-PAGES “International mobility research Fellowship Program for Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists on past global changes.” The program is part of a collaborative agreement signed on April 21, 2021 between the IAI Directorate and the Past Global Changes (PAGES) Project. The IAI-PAGES International mobility research fellowship aims to develop collaborative research and promote paleoscience networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. Funded by PAGES and implemented by the IAI, the initiative supports the costs associated with international travel and living expenses while abroad. The results of young scientists and six countries from the 2021-2022 cohort included cross-disciplinary collaboration and strengthening research links across the Americas. The publication of the articles prepared by the fellows The publication of the articles prepared by the fellows will be available at the PAGES Magazine in June 2023.

Ricardo Ortega (Brazil)

Ricardo Ortega, a native of Huancayo (Peru), is a forestry engineer from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), Peru. He holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the Forest Resources Programme of the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz - Universidade de Sao Paulo (ESALQ-USP), Brazil. His research activity started in 2010, and he has been gradually trained during his career in wood identification and anatomy, dendrochronology, forest modeling, and silviculture in planted and native forests of tropical ecosystems. His current research focuses on the study of the record and impact of climate change on Amazonian species assessed by multi-indicator dendrochronology (anatomical, physical, and chemical) in collaboration with researchers from USP and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), Spain. During his PAGES-IAI fellowship, he will work at the Instituto de Investigación de Zonas Desérticas of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), Mexico, under the coordination of Dr. Laura Yáñez. During this stay, it is expected to know and understand the adaptive processes of Cedrela fissilis to drought stress conditions by studying the proportion of anatomical elements. This information will be integrated with other parameters such as ring width and density, d18O, and elemental concentration previously evaluated.


Cinthya Bello (Perú)

Cinthya Bello is a biologist with a Master's in Integrated Watershed Management and a Ph.D. in Water Resources. She is currently a part-time lecturer at the Universidad Científica del Sur (Peru). Since 2013 she has been working as an environmental specialist at the Directorate of Antarctic Affairs of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supporting the organization of Peruvian scientific expeditions to Antarctica. His research interests include a variety of interdisciplinary topics such as glaciology, climatology, application of synthetic aperture radar interferometry and/or ice-penetrating radar technologies for the evaluation of the impact of climate change on water resources stored in the Antarctic and Andean ecosystems.


Jorge Giraldo (Colombia)

Jorge Giraldo holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the National University of Colombia. His main research interests focus on vegetation dynamics, forest responses to natural environmental conditions, and anthropogenic impacts. In particular, his work has been motivated by two questions: What affects plant growth? When and for how long is tree growth occurring? Through these questions, he has studied the growth of tropical forest trees. He uses tools such as anatomical wood characteristics (i.e., tree rings and other anatomical features), phenological observations, radiocarbon and stable isotope analysis, and computational data analysis.



Rodrigo Martín (Argentina)

Rodrigo Martin has a degree in Palaeontology. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Palaeontology (UBA) oriented in palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology. He is also a doctoral fellow at the National Scientific and Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and assistant Professor at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (UBA).




Gabriela Torre (Argentina)

Gabriela is a geologist and a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CICTERRA) of the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. Since her doctoral studies, she started to develop paleoclimatic research in late Quaternary loess-paleosols sections with particular emphasis on the atmospheric dust cycle and its interaction with the climatic changes that occurred during the transitions between glacial and interglacial periods. His studies are notable for using geochemical techniques, such as radiogenic isotopes of Sr, Nd, and Pb together with rare earth elements, in studying the origin and trajectories of atmospheric dust in the past in the southern hemisphere. Thanks to the collaboration of the PAGES-IAI Programme, the depositional ages of atmospheric dust in new loess-palaeosol sections will be determined through optically stimulated luminescence techniques that will allow the reconstruction of past atmospheric dust fluxes, extending our knowledge on the palaeoclimate of the southern hemisphere and also benefiting the accuracy of regional climate models of the Last Glacial Maximum, the Holocene and, consequently, future climate projections.

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