Lecturer in Geosciences
Dr Marta Ribó is a marine geologist based in Aotearoa – New Zealand. Her research is centred in studying the evolution of the seafloor morphology and sediment transport, and assessing the impact of human activities on the seabed, including plastic pollution and anchoring scouring. Her research work involves using a wide range of exploration method spanning from mapping the seafloor, getting seabed sediment samples, and monitoring the ocean currents; and she does all her fieldwork on scientific surveys on board of research vessels.
Her scientific career started in the Mediterranean Sea, studying seabed geomorphology and the ocean dynamics. After she finished my PhD at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona (Spain), She completed her first 2-yr postdoc at Macquarie University, in Sydney (Australia), focusing on the study of offshore sand deposits in the SE Australian margin.
In February 2019 Marta moved to New Zealand, where she completed a second 2-yr postdoc at the University of Auckland (UoA), studying underwater gravel dunes, ocean currents and microplastics accumulating in the seabed of Queen Charlotte Sound.
In December 2020 she became the president of the New Zealand branch of Spanish Researchers in Australia Pacific (SRAP), a role that comes with close relations with the Spanish Embassy in New Zealand.
Since February 2022, she’s been a Lecturer of Geoscience at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and the new Programme Leader for Postgraduate programme. There she combines teaching and research surrounded by a great team and being able to share my enthusiasm for the preserving the environment with the next generation.
As a marine geologist Marta loves the ocean and the mountains, and she feels lucky to be able to combine her work with my true passion of trail running and stand-up paddle boarding.