Professor on Ecology at the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU) and Director of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Education. Lecturer in the Biology degree as well as in Master’s and Doctorate programmes. She is the director of the Master in “Environment and Sustainability” of the UPV/EHU. She has been a visiting professor at several universities:
University of Oxford (1990 and 1998), University of Veracruz, Mexico (2003), University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2004), University of Nevada-Reno, USA (2014), National University of La Pampa, Argentina (2016) , Universidad Regional Amazónica Ecuador IKIAM (2017).
The research topic focuses on the study of biodiversity, landscape and evaluation of ecosystems, with application to the landscape sustainable management. She has directed 14 Doctoral Theses and 30 Master projects. She has published a total of 70 papers in scientific journals, books and book chapters, and 20 pedagocical publications. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Committee of the MaB-UNESCO program of Biosphere Reserves (Ministry of Rural and Marine Environment) since 2008, of which she was president between 2008 and 2012. Representative of the university in the Patronage of the Armañón Natural Park / Bizkaia from 2009 to 2017. She has held the positions of Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Sciences (1997-2000) and Director of International Relations for the UPV/EHU (2000-2001).