Invited Speakers


María del Carmen Cazorla

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Cazorla is the Director of the Institute for Atmospheric Research at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. She is a former NASA Postdoctoral Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. She obtained her PhD in Meteorology from Penn State University in the United States. Her research interests are: ozone measurements throughout the atmospheric column, tropospheric ozone production measurements and modeling, boundary layer processes connected to atmospheric pollution, aerosol optical depth monitoring with remote sensing instruments.


Clare Heaviside

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Dr Clare Heaviside is a NERC funded Independent Research Fellow and Associate Professor, based at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at University College London (UCL). Her research is multi-disciplinary in nature, and covers climate change health impacts, air pollution, and urban climate including the urban heat island. She is PI of the Wellcome funded HEROIC project (Health and Economic impacts of Reducing Overheating In Cities). As well as working on reports such as the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, Clare has contributed to IPCC reports and various Government documents.


Sophie Szopa

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Sophie Szopa investigates the chemistry of the troposphere by numerical modeling. She aims at understanding the evolution of the tropospheric composition under the effect of emissions (anthropogenic and biogenic)of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) and their oxidation in the atmosphere. This allows her to characterize the impacts of chemistry on both climate and air quality. Her research covers intercontinental transport of pollution, chemistry-climate interactions in the 21st century), and the evolution of the oxidative capacity in the distant past.


William Checkley

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William Checkley, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and holds joint appointments in International Health and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He obtained his MD degree from Northwestern University, Internal Medicine residency from Emory University, Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship and PhD degree from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Checkley’s research has focused on observational studies and randomized controlled trials for chronic respiratory disease management in resource-limited settings in low- and middle-income countries.

(CR)2 Speakers


Maisa Rojas

(CR)2 Director

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Associate professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. She studied Physics at Universidad de Chile and holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Oxford University, UK. Rojas was the Scientific Coordinator for the Chilean Ministry of Science for the organization of the COP25, and member of the COP25 Presidential Advisory Council. She was a Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and currently is a Coordinating Lead Author of the forthcoming IPCC report, AR6.


Laura Gallardo

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Gallardo is a full-time professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile, and associate researcher at (CR)2. She studied Physics at Universidad de Chile and obtained a PhD in Chemical Meteorology from Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research focuses on atmospheric modelling and data assimilation, air quality in mega cities and short-lived pollutants. Currently, she is a Lead Author of the forthcoming 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Anahí Urquiza

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Associate Professor at the Anthropology Department, Universidad de Chile, and principal researcher at (CR)2. She holds a Master in Anthropology from Universidad de Chile, and PhD in Sociology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. Her research focuses on urban environmental problems and society, energy poverty, sociology of climate change, and interdisciplinary research. She’s one of the project coordinators of the Energy Poverty Network (RedPE), Universidad de Chile.


Pilar Moraga

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Pilar Moraga is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Universidad de Chile. She studied Law at the same university, and obtained a Master and a PhD in International and Community Law from Université de Lille, France. Currently, she’s the deputy director of the Environmental Law Centre at Universidad de Chile. Her research interests are focused on sustainable development, environmental law, climate change laws, energy and regulation.


René Garreaud

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René Garreaud is a full-time professor at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile. He obtained his PhD in Meteorology from the University of Washington, USA, studying the tropical-intertropical interactions and modelling the South American climate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Geophysics, both from Universidad de Chile.


Camila Álvarez

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Camila Álvarez is a civil engineer and has a master’s degree in Water Resources and Environment from the University of Chile. She obtained her PhD in engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her areas of study are surface hydrology, hydrological modeling, data assimilation, remote sensing, and climate change.


Catalina Amigo

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Social Anthropologist from Universidad de Chile, and student at the Doctorate on Territory, Space, and Society from Universidad de Chile. She’s and specialist in socio-environmental studies, energy vulnerability in contexts of socio-natural disasters, risk and resilience. Amigo is part of the Executive Coordination Board of the Energy Poverty Network (RedPE) from Universidad de Chile.


Marco Billi

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Postdoctoral researcher at (CR)2. Graduated in Economics from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy, and a master’s degree in Systemic Analysis applied to Society, Universidad de Chile. He obtained his doctorate in Political Processes and Institutions at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. His interests are oriented towards research and consulting, particularly on issues related to climate change.


Juan Pablo Boisier

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Full time researcher at (CR)2 working on the “Water and Extremes” research line. Physicist from Universidad de Chile. Master’s in Meteorology & Climate from Universidad de Chile, and PhD in Climate Science from L’École Polytechnique, France. His research focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic forcers on driving climate (past and future) on a global scale, particularly in South America.


Rubén Calvo

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Sociologist and Master in Management and Public Policies, both from Universidad de Chile. Currently, he’s a student of the Doctorate in Geography at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has been part of research projects on climate change, vulnerabilities, adaptation of socio-ecological systems and public policies.


Eugenia Gayó

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Associate researcher at (CR)2 and Director of UPWELL Millennium Nucleus, Chile. Biologist from Universidad de Concepción, Chile, and PhD in Biological Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research focuses on determining the direction, causes and impacts, on different temporal scales, of hydro-climatic anomalies in Chilean arid zones. Also she’s looking at the sensitivity of the Andes’ indigenous populations to fluctuations in regional bioproductivity over the last 14,000 years.


Bárbara Morales

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Social Anthropologist from Universidad de Chile, Master in Sociology and Doctor in Anthropology from L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her professional and research experience has allowed her to specialize in the topics of environment and participation, in addition to developing specific skills in the design and implementation of qualitative projects and methodologies. She’s in charge of the Dialogue and Interdiscipline Area at (CR)2.


Mauricio Osses

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Mechanical civil engineer from Universidad de Chile. He obtained his PhD in Vehicle Emissions and Control from the University of Leeds, Department of Fuel and Energy, UK. His area of expertise is vehicle emissions, sustainable transportation, energy and transportation. He is currently a full-time professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Santiago, Chile, and adjoint researcher of the “Resilient Cities” research line at (CR)2.


Damián Oyarzún

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Postdoctoral researcher at the Geophysics Department, Universidad de Chile, and (CR)2. His research focuses on natural-anthropogenic air pollution and climate change connections using satellite data, climate simulations and chemical transport modelling. Currently, he is a researcher for the EU Horizon 2020 project AQ-Watch: Worldwide Analysis and Forecasting of Atmospheric Composition for Health, and POLARIX: Transport of microorganisms and pollutants to and from Antarctica.


Rodrigo Seguel

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Full time researcher at (CR)2. Seguel is an environmental chemist and PhD in chemistry from Unversidad de Chile. His current research focuses on the characterization of volatile organic compounds by proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry, global tropospheric ozone trends, and stratosphere-troposphere exchange processes in the southern hemisphere. He serves as a Steering Committee member of the Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report, phase II 2020-2024 (TOAR II).


Pamela Smith

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Associate researcher at (CR)2, and assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Universidad of Chile. Master’s in Environmental Management and Planning from Universidad de Chile, and PhD in Geography from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research has focuses on the study of climate in urban areas. She’s a member of the Master in Geography committee, and coordinator of the postgraduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems, at Universidad de Chile.


Macarena Valdés

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Dr. Valdés is a medical technologist from Universidad de Talca, Chile, and master’s degree in Health Management and Administration from Universidad Mayor, Chile. She obtained her PhD in Public Health at Universidad de Chile. Her research focuses on studying the effects on human health of pollutants such as arsenic and other metals, particulates and tobacco, and understanding how early exposure during intrauterine development is related to long-term impacts.


Camilo Menares

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Menares is a data scientist at (CR)2 and expert professor of high performance computing at Universidad de Chile. BSc in Physics from Universidad de Santiago and MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from Universidad de Chile. His researches mainly focuses on Deep Learning techniques applied to the forecasting of highly non-linear and non-stationary series, as well as, atmospheric modeling and secondary aerosol.

Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
University of Chile
Blanco Encalada 2002, Santiago, Chile

E-mail: cr2summerschool@gmail.com
Web: www.cr2.cl