Meet our Team
Gustavo Viera Ruiz
As an overarching responsible for this project, Gustavo oversees all technical aspects in order to ensure a sound delivery of the actions and providing a centralised organisational figure within the diffrent teams (nationally and intenationally) that compose Life-Nieblas.
Saúl Oliva Cabrera
As direct support to the Project Director, Saúl is both office and field based. He oversees Life Actions' reporting compliance and data gathering. In the field, he manages ground work and is a direct link beetwen field workers, the office and EU Commission Monitors.
Nisha Matani Matani
Project Financial Manager within the Environmental and Climate Change Area since 2017. Nisha is also specialised in the financial and administrative management of partners involved in LIFE projects coordinated by GESPLAN. By assessing partners in bureaucratic processes, reports and expenses control, Nisha ensures compliance within LIFE regulation framework.
Skilled field workers
They are highly experienced and key crew members who are in charge of executing field clearing and conditioning. They are also in charge of reforestation and ground maintenance activities.
Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Coordinator, Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Director of the Natural Landscape where the project is being developed.
Francisco González Artiles
Technician at Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Environmental Technician of the Natural Lanscape where the project is being developed in Gran Canaria
Comunidad Intermunicipal Viseu Dão Lafões
Paula is responsible for the planning and development, as well supporting the administrative management of the project at Portugal level
Forestry Brigades Leader
Technician responsible for the implementation and operation works of the project at the field
Vicenç Carabassa Closa
Leading monitoring protocols’ design and scientific supervision of the project.
Heredad de Aguas de Arucas y Firgas
Cristobal Santana Olivares
HAAF Field Foreman
Managing field crew works within HAAF land
Yeray M. Hernández Santana
Financial and labour supervisor of the works entrusted to Heredad de Aguas de Arucas y Firgas in this project
As Field Manager, Mino has dedicated his life to oversee HAAF ground management
Field Data Analist
He is in charge of maintenance, supervision and data collection at the field experimental site for the fog water collectors, meteorological station and other scientific instrumentation.
Dr. Carlos M. Regalado
Hydrologist with a long research trajectory in the cloud forests of the Canary Islands. He is involved in the design of an efficient fog water collector to be implemented in the project.
Dr. Alfredo Reyes Betancort
He provides support in protocols and activities of the Project Coordinator. As Canary Islands specialist botanist, he is involved in field campaigns where field testing takes place.
Fermín Correa Rodríguez
He will provide technical support on multimedia content such as diffusion in social media, method transfer actions and general audiovisual communications support.
Carlos Fariña Carballo
Carlos is a recently graduated Industrial Engineer who will be in charge of the design and testing of an 'Optimized Fog Water Collector', operating the wind tunnel and 3D printer at the lab as well as carrying out field testing.
Gustavo Melián Monroy
Technician 1 - Specialist in Hydraulic Assemblies
Gustavo participates in actions related to the design, manufacture, installation and ADS and its irrigation network. Additionally, he participates in the design of the pipeline connections between fog collectors, reservoirs, ADS and the irrigation network for reforestation overall.
Carmelo A. Mena
Technician 2 - Specialist in Environmental Indicators
Carmelo works in the processing, analysis and visualization of data generated by the different sensors located on site, tasks related to GIS and in the design of the AFDS irrigation network developed by the ITC team.
Antonio Ortegón Gallego
Technician 3 - Computing & Data Communication
Antonio participates in the installation of meteorological and soil moisture sensors, managing data acquisition and quality as well as providing reports of average or accumulated values under the requirements established by the rest of the scientific team in compliance with project’s objectives.
Gilberto Martel Rodríguez
He carries out coordination tasks at ITC and along project partners. He supervises decision-making in the project regarding technical solutions and is responsible for preparing reports and following up on project’s activities. Gilberto coordinates results communication from ITC activities in the project.
Professor at ULL
Researches in woodland water and CO2 exchange fluxes and fog hydric contribution to the soil.
María León González
BSc Physics Graduate
María is responsible for data management derived from the instrumentation installed in Cruz de Taborno for which she is also responsible. In particular, María will focus on the Eddy Covariance system used to analyse water vapour and CO2 exchange between the soil, tree cover and the atmosphere.
María Teresa Arencibia Pérez
Cooperating with ICIA in action C1, specifically in what refers to the wind tunnel construction targeted to the study of fog water collection and innovation in fog collectors technology development.
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Xavier Domene Casadesús
Professor Xavier is a Soil Science specialist working for the Department of Plant Biology, Animal Biology and Ecology at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Within Life-Nieblas he will look into characterization and interpretation of soils in the experimental plots in terms of physicochemical properties as related to the observed restoration success.