Email: aa962(*_at_*)cam.ac.uk

About Me

LECTURER | ENGINEERING GEOLOGY | GEOHAZARDS

School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

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Summary

PhD Engineering Geologist interested in monitoring, modelling and predicting gravity-driven instabilities in rock and ice cliffs using high resolution 3D remote sensing techniques (LiDAR, UAV, time-lapse photogrammetry) and inverse modelling.

Antonio joined the University of Leeds in 2018 as Lecturer in Engineering Geology & Geohazards after completing an independent research fellowship at the University of Cambridge (EU-H2020 Marie-Sklodowska-Curie), an extensive postdoctoral experience at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), a guest professorship at Eichstätt University (Germany) and an adjunct assistant professorship at Queens University (Canada).

Antonio has been instrumental in the writing of 34 publications in leading international journals including Landslides, Engineering Geology, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Computers & Geosciences, Remote Sensing, etc. His research outcomes have been presented in more than 40 conferences, symposiums and invited talks. Antonio has been involved in the organizing and scientific committee of multiple workshops and conferences at national and international level -including session chairing- and he holds responsibilities on the Editorial Board of Computers & Geosciences journal (Elsevier) since 2017.

Antonio has attracted more than 650k€ from externally funded research grants along his career, including several projects successfully funded by National and European Science Foundations (e.g. Switzerland, Spain and the UK), both as a main applicant and co-applicant. He actively evaluates research project proposals in different European Science foundations and Canada.

Concerning his background education, Antonio gained a European Doctorate at the University of Barcelona that included extended research stays in Durham and Lausanne Universities and he was awarded with a 1st class honours MSc in Geological Engineering at the University of Alicante & Barcelona, obtaining an extraordinary award at national level (2nd-highest-ranking student). Last -but not least-, he is happily married and a proud daddy 🙂

Career

Qualifications

  • 2009 | PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2003 | BSc + MSc in Engineering Geology, University of Alicante (Spain) – First Class Honours

Research projects, awards and fellowships

  • 2016 | Marie Curie Research project: H2020 Program (main applicant)
  • 2015 | Scientific Expedition: Herbette Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2014 | Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (co-applicant)
  • 2012 – 2014 | Research project: Swiss National Science Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2013 | Summer School: Landslide Modelling & Early Warning Systems
  • 2011 – 2012 | Research project: Swiss National Science Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2009 | Academic award: PhD Thesis European Mention
  • 2007 | PhD Mobility Fellowship: hosting institution: Univ. Lausanne
  • 2006 | PhD Mobility Fellowship: hosting institution: Host: Univ. Durham
  • 2004 – 2008 | PhD Fellowship: Spanish Ministry of Science & Education
  • 2004 | European Geosciences Union Travel Award
  • 2004 | Teaching assistant: University of Barcelona
  • 2003 | Prize: Second-highest-ranking student at national level
  • 2003 | Mobility fellowship, University of Barcelona
  • 2003 | Academic award: First Class Honours during MSc + BSc studies
  • 2002 | Seneca Mobility fellowship, undergraduate Spanish Ministry Science
  • 2001 | Teaching Assistant Fellowship University of Alicante

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Research interests:

I’m interested in investigating gravity driven instabilities, both in rock and in icy media, in order to predict the occurrence of (catastrophic) Rock Slope Failures (RSF). To do so, my current research interests range from the use of high resolution techniques and methods for 3D experimental data collection (remote sensing techniques, Structure-from-motion, new dynamic sensors, etc.), to the development of innovative algorithms for the characterization, monitoring and modelling of progressive failures, including the influence of external forces (precipitation) on the dynamics of the phenomena. I’m fluent in different languages (English, French, Spanish and Catalan) and highly motivated in learning and developing new 4D research methods and techniques. Also, I love outdoors sports, photography, nature and most importantly, I am married with a wonderful woman and our family is growing up… that’s great ! ^^

Here I leave you my contact details, Linkedin website and Google Scholar….. now you know where you can find me…