About Me

I am an enthusiastic agronomist and scientist. I currently collaborate with research centers (Irstea-Montpellier) and Universities (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Pública de Navarra and Montpellier-SupAgro), also working with the Socio Cultural association Les Petits Debrouillards for the promotion and divulgation of scientific culture and values.

I am specialized in data analysis and interpretation for agricultural research, particularly for the assessment of plant physiological processes (fruit ripening and plant water stress), phenotyping and precision agriculture. As a data analyst, I have a broad knowledge in multivariate modelling methods (chemometrics), being specially devoted to NIR spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging, sampling, model robustness, and spatio-temporal models for precision agriculture.

Testimonials

  • Wisdom begins in wonder.

    Socrates (470/469 - 399 BC)
  • Si tu diffères de moi mon frère, loin de me léser, tu m'enrichis.
    He who is different from me does not impoverish me, he enriches me.

    Antoine de St Exupéry (1900 - 1944)
  • We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.

    John Naisbitt (1929)
  • If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

    Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.

    Stephen Hawking (1942-)

Research

Areas of Research

Agronomy, Chemometrics, Viticulture, Spectroscopy, Precision Agriculture, Postharvest, Quality Assessment, Image Analysis (spectral and colour)

Research Interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary and comprise the application of Multivariate data analyses (chemometrics) to agronomical sciences.

Some pertinent examples of my work are: the adaptation of sampling methods to the calibration of spatial models in precision viticulture, (see references SC.6, SC 9, CP.19 on the publications list); the assessment and improvement of NIR model robustness for plant breeding purposes (SC.10, CP.23, CP.24, CP. 25); the development of multispectral indexes for spectral imaging (CP. 21, SC.3, SC.8); and the use UAV-based thermal imagery to monitor instantaneous variations in water status within a vineyard (SC. 11). Throughout these studies I used two kinds of data analyses: chemometrics (SC1. to SC.5, SC.7, SC.8, SC.10); and combinations of chemometrics and geostatistics (SC.6 , SC.9, SC. 11).

Scientific Partners

These lines of research resulted from the collaboration between the COMIC team at Irstea-Montpellier, specialized in spectroscopy, optic sensors and chemometrical methods; and several agronomical institutions, involved in plant physiology (EMR), crop modelling for viticulture (Montpellier SupAgro , INRA-Peach Rouge and Universidad Pública de Navarra), post-harvest and advanced agri-food technologies (LPF-TAGRALIA, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), and the sugar beet sector (Institut Technique de la Betterave).

Current Research

I am currently working on the application of geostatiscal methods, commonly used in precision agriculture, to evaluate model estimations of beet roots sugar content distribution obtained from hyperspectral images (CP. 25), merging chemometrics and precision agriculture tools.

Publications

See my publications

During the last 10 years I have published in Multivariate Data Analysis applied to Food Quality Assessment, Viticulture and Precision Agriculture.

EDUCATION

PhD studies

2006-2010

ETSIA-UPM. Rural Engineering Program. Public lecture held on June 25th 2010. Thesis title: "Spectral Machine Vision for Peach Ripeness Assessment " (in English). Thesis Supervisor: Lourdes Lléo García.

Agronomy Engineering Degree

1998 - 2005

Plant science and production; ETSIA-UPM. Exchange student in the Socrates-Erasmus Program at Ghent University, Belgium (2003-2004). Leonardo grant for training at EMR on the Raspberry Breeding program (May- July 2005).

WORK

Freelance Researcher

Freelance Sept 2014 - present

Collaboration with the research institutes LPF-TAGRALIA, UPN, UMR ITAP-Irstea (Cemagref) and the company Black Team.

Researcher

UMR ITAP-Irstea (Cemagref) - Montpellier, France Jan 2013 - June 2014

Responsible of Sugar Beet Roots Modelling at the AKER project. Development of a Near Infrared Spectroscopy model for the estimation of sugar content in sugar beet root for phenotyping purposes in plant breeding programs.

Post - Doctoral Position

Fruition Sciences-Montpellier Sup Agro - Montpellier, France Febr 2011 - Oct 2012

Post-doctoral Researcher at the PILOTYPE project. Responsible of the adaptation and application of sampling methods for the spatio-temporal modelling of vine water status.

Occupation as Research Trainee

LPF-TAGRALIA, ETSIA-UPM. - Madrid, Spain Oct 2005 - Dec 2010

Research Trainee at the ISAFRUIT project. Theme of research: Development of instrumental techniques for assessing fruits and vegetables quality. Research stays at EMR (United Kingdom) and Irstea-Montpellier.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

  • Adapted and Rigorous Communication of Complex Information
  • Inter-personal and Team Working Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Self-Learner and Self-Motivated
  • International Scientific Network

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Plant Physiology and Agricultural Practices
  • Postharvest
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Modelling and Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Near Infrared Spectral Analysis
  • Image Analysis (Spectral and Colour)

LANGUAGES

Spanish

Native

Scientific writing, storytelling, poetry and story writer.

English

Proficiency Level (C2)

PhD thesis written in English. Full professional proficiency. Working language since 2005.

French

Advanced Level (C1)

Fluent in spoken and written language. Working language since 2010.

INFORMATICS SKILLS

Multivariate Analysis Sofware

Being usually the link between experts on different disciplines, I have consistently been responsible of programming the mathematical solutions required for my research work. As a result, I am a confident user of MatLab, which I started using in 2005. Since then, I have developed my own toolboxes for sampling, modelling and image analysis. Furthermore, I am currently starting to work with R and transferring some of these toolboxes to this software.

Geographic Information Systems

Regarding Geographic Information Systems, I handled QGIS and 3DField for the visualization of spatial measurements and estimations during my postdoctoral experience at the company Fruition Sciences.

Image Analysis

I am familiar with image processing and analysis sofware ImageJ, which I used as a didactic tool for introducing students to image analysis methods.

Others

I am also a competent user of bibliography managers, particularly Endnote and Mendeley as well as MS Office tools (Excel, including macro programming, Word and Power Point), and Paint Shop Pro.

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