Oscar Serrano

Oscar Serrano

Scientist and Guest Speaker

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My research focuses on understanding ecosystem services and responses to human and natural pressures.  Currently, most of my activities focus on ‘blue carbon’, which refers to the powerful ability of mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses to sequester carbon, and thereby help mitigate climate change.  The sedimentary archives underneath wetlands also provide me the basis to understand the history of human activities and climate impacts in coastal ecosystems, as I look thousands of years into the past by examining the sand, shells and other material deposited on wetland ecosystems.  My approach is multi-disciplinary, spanning the fields of ecology, biology, archaeology and policy, and aims to improve the capacity of scientists and environmental managers to understand, predict, determine and best manage ecological change.

I have a PhD in Biology (University of Barcelona, Spain) in 2011 and moved to Australia shortly after to pursue my research interests and career.  As an environmentalist, I co-founded and managed BIOSFERA, a non-governmental organization focusing on environmental research, management and education, which contributes to the valuation and conservation of our ecosystems.

My contribution to the ‘Mangroves from the Water’ project is a speech about “Coastal wetlands as weapons for climate change mitigation and time capsules of the human past”.