About Veronica

I'm from Guayaquil, a port city in the paradisiac Ecuador. I attended Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL), where I received my B.Sc. in Oceanography in the Marine Sciences Faculty. I obtained my M.Sc. in Marine and Lacustrine Ecology, in Ghent University, in Gent, Belgium, under a VLIR cooperation program.

I worked in sandy beach benthos monitoring for several years, helping to develop sampling protocols, contributing to the creation of a taxonomic reference collection for small invertebrates in Ecuadorian sandy beaches, and using Primer-E for multivariate statistical analysis of the data. I also taught multivariate statistics and biodiversity in the Environmental Sciences School in Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo.

In 2012 my career path changed as I started to work for the Oceanographic Institute of the Ecuadorian Navy, INOCAR. Under an ambitious project to create the first Observation and Early Warning System for the Ecuadorian marine territory, I worked in the development of the first pre-operational products using ROMS and SWAN. Thrilled by the potential of numerical models, I wanted to learn more how physical dynamics can drive and influence complex ecological systems.

Currently, I'm a Ph.D. student in Oceanography at Texas A&M University. My research interests include coastal, shelf and river plume dynamics, seasonal hypoxia formation, maintenance and destruction, and different scales of variability of ecological relevance. I use Python to analyze model output and observational data.

I'm a certified SNSI diver, I enjoy martial arts and reading fiction. My favorite authors of all times are J.K. Rowling (<-- she taught me English!) and Steven Erikson.