Cristina Santín

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Instituto Mixto de Investigación en Biodiversidad
Universidad de Oviedo, Campus de Mieres
Edificio de Investigación – 5ª planta
c/ Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n
33600 Mieres, Spain
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About me

I am a wildfire researcher who is passionate about her topic and about working with amazing people around the world. I did an undergraduate degree in Biology (2003) at the University of Oviedo (Spain) where I also received my PhD in 2009. In 2011, I moved to Swansea (UK) to start my work on wildfires, a subject I have always been fascinate about. I am currently a Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Research Unit of Biodiversity (Spanish National Research Council & University of Oviedo) in Asturias (Spain) and an Honorary Associate Professor at Swansea University (UK).

My current research focuses on the effects of fire, both wildfires and prescribed burns, on carbon dynamics. I also study fire impacts on soils and waters, social perceptions of fire, and characterization of fuels and fire behaviour. I have been lucky enough to do fieldwork in many different ecosystems across the world such as Atlantic heathlands (UK and Spain), tropical savannah (South Africa), the boreal forest (Canada) or the dry sclerophyllous forest (Australia). I am also associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences and book review editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire. I am always keen on outreach activities, including talks and articles for the general public.

Areas of expertise

  • Wildfires
  • Prescribed fires
  • Carbon cycle
  • Pyrogenic carbon
  • Fuels
  • Water quality
  • Social perceptions of fire
  • Soils