PhD Thesis Defense


PhD candidate: Jesús Ruiz Fernández
Department of Geography, University of Oviedo
Oviedo (Spain), 4-1-2013

 “Glacial, periglacial and fluvio-torrential landforms of the Western Massif of Picos de Europa (Cantabrian Range)”

Located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, the Cantabrian Range constitutes one the most oustanding karstic reliefs in Europe. The extremely rugged and vertical environment of this area explains the existence of different climate environments, both today and in the past. The PhD candidate has examined present-day geomorphological processes and landforms in the Western Massif of Picos de Europa. Indeed, based on the study of the geomorphology, sedimentology and soils the candidate gives evidences of environmental changes during the Quaternary.

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About Marc Oliva

Since 2010 Marc Oliva is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centro de Estudos Geográficos of the University of Lisbon, where he develops his research and teaching activities. He graduated in Geography in 2004 and finished his PhD in 2009 both at the University of Barcelona. He received the “Doctor Europaeus” Mention and was recognized with the prestigious Outstanding PhD Award of this university. His dissertation focused on the reconstruction of the Mid Holocene palaeoecological evolution in Sierra Nevada, a high semiarid mountain environment in southern Iberia. In 2006 he also obtained two MSc degrees (Geography and Applied Climatology). His on-going research interests include the study of present and past geomorphological processes in cold-climate environments. Through the study of the sedimentary record, the past environmental and climate conditions can be inferred. At present he is coordinating a research project in Antarctica (HOLOANTAR, http://holoantar.weebly.com/) and conducting research activities in the High Arctic and in mid-latitude mountain environments.
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