Curriculum Vitae


          PhD studies, Forest Ecology  -Thesis “On the spatial distribution of woody plant species in a tropical montane cloud forest”                                                                         Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. Cum Laude [2008-2012]

          MSc - International Cooperation for Development – Campus Cyes, Spain [2007].

          BSc in Mathematics and Statistics – Open University, UK [2017- ].        

          BSc in Forest Engineering - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain [1999-2007]



Fields of knowledge: Forest ecology and dynamics (including tropical ecology and forest restoration); ecosystem functioning; biogeochemical cycles (especially carbon); soil carbon dynamics; agricultural systems (especially perennial crops); impact of climate change on ecosystems; carbon foot-printing and PEF standards

Data analysis: complex statistical analyses of large datasets (regression and multivariable techniques, spatial analysis, longitudinal and multi-census data). Experience in developing models, both empirical and mechanistic.

Programming languages and software: R (advanced); Python (data analysis, NumPy, Pandas); QGIS (advanced); PostgreSQL (basic).

Language and collaborative networking: Multilingual communication, fluent in Spanish and English. Experience in living internationally and collaborating with individuals from many cultures with varied communication skills, work habits and expectations. I have an ample international professional network, with which I collaborate regularly.

Individual skills: Self-learning capacity and creativity; Multidisciplinary approach; I usually look at the big picture while carefully working on small details; Creative problem solving; Natural curiosity; Determination to complete tasks; I seek for robust, science- and data-based answers, as realistic and exact as possible.




Freelance researcher. For more information on my current work, go to current work  

Postdoctoral researcher at University of Aberdeen, UK: Modelling carbon balance (soil, biomass) and greenhouse gas emissions on perennial crops, globally [2016-2019]

Consultant for the “High Carbon Stock Study for the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto”. Consulting Report 1- Review of forest inventory methods for estimating biomass carbon stocks [2017]

Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship at University of Aberdeen, UK: Modelling biomass dynamics in tropical forest. Improving models to estimate biomass [2014-2016]

Postdoctoral researcher at CIFOR-INIA, Spain: Modelling coexistence of tree species in Mediterranean forest [2012-2013]

Postdoctoral researcher at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, USA: The liana ecology project: modelling spatial distribution of lianas in neotropical forests [2012]

Predoctoral researcher at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. Thesis: On the Spatial Distribution of Woody Plant Species on a Tropical Montane Cloud Forest [2008 -2012]

Technical Employee at 112 emergency call center in Madrid, Spain. Forest emergency and forest fire extinction coordination [2008]



          Born in Madrid, to a family from Galicia, I grow up between the big city and the countryside.

          I have been fortunate to live in different countries, from tropical to polar regions.

          I love the outdoors and fresh air. I am a mountaineer and climber, and I try to enjoy the good moments that life offers.

          I believe in cooperation, and not competition, among people.




Alicia Ledo