Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
Berta is an environmental scientist, Assistant Professor at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.
With a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and many years of undertaking applied research, Berta has expertise in the ecological, social and economic components of ecosystem service science. Berta focuses her research on understanding and analysing social-ecological systems. Her work aims to understand functional diversity and ecosystem service supply as well as issues related to local knowledge and social perceptions linked to environmental behaviour and social-ecological system governance.
Although the majority of Berta’s work is carried out in Spain and Colombia, she is involved in a number of international collaborative projects. Berta is currently working on the OpenNESS project which aims to translate the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services into credible and legitimate operational frameworks, as well as identify the opportunities and challenges for implementing these frameworks; and the Spanish Ecosystem Assessment.
In addition to being a member of the ecoSERVICES Scientific Steering Committee, Berta is a member of the scientific steering committee of the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) and is Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 2: Nature’s benefits to people and quality of life of Deliverable 2(b): Regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia; and chapter editor of Deliverable 3(a): Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production of the Work Programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Berta was also an author of the Sustainable Development Goals review coordinated by the International Council for Science (ICSU) (February 2015).