K. Zelaya, MSc.



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PhD researcher

Summary

Karina Zelaya has been doing her PhD studies at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, since February 2014, under supervision of Prof. dr. P.H. Verburg and Dr. J. van Vliet. Her research is focusing on land system change modelling as input of rural land planning and it is part of INTA national research “Natural Resource, Environmental Management and Ecoregions – Rural Land Planning”. This INTA project aims at developing strategic information and tools for helping decision makers at different spatial scales.

Karina is also a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technologic (INTA) and she was the leader of Geomatic group at Balcarce Agricultural Experimental Station – INTA up to 2013, when she resigned her position for doing her PhD study. As leader of Geomatic Group she made agreements with Geographic National Institute (IGN) for the establishment of a GNSS Antenna for improving the practice of precision agriculture, with the National Commission for Space Research (CONAE) for free access to satellite information with the government of Balcarce department in Buenos Aires province for developing tools for rural land planning.

Expertise

Land use and land cover change modelling, land planning, remote sensing and image analysis, geographic system information.

Academic training

2005-2011MSc Natural Resources Management and Conservation for Agriculture, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Balcarce, Argentina
1993-2000System Information Engineer, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Tucumán, Argentina
1993-1999System Information Analyst, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Tucumán, Argentina

Professional employment history

2014-present PhD Researcher, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2007 – presentResearcher on Geomatic and leader of Geomatic Group, Natural Resource and Environmental Management Group, Agricultural Area, Balcarce Agricultural Experimental Station, National Institute of Agricultural Technologic. Balcarce, Argentina (INTA EEA Balcarce)
2008-2013Assistant professor in the subjects: Principles of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. Agricultural Sciences Faculty, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. Balcarce, Argentina
2007-2013Member of the Management Committee of the Mar Chiquito Man and Biosphere Reserve. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003 – 2007Scholar, Natural Resource and Environmental Management Group, Agricultural Area, Balcarce Agricultural Experimental Station, National Institute of Agricultural Technologic. Balcarce, Argentina (INTA EEA Balcarce)
2000-2003GIS and Remote Sensing Technique, Famailla Agricultural Experimental Station, National Institute of Agricultural Technologic. Tucumán, Argentina (INTA EEA Famialla)

Selected publications

Lima, L., Zelaya, K., Laterra, P., Massone, H. & Maceira, N. (2011). A dynamic simulation model of land cover in the Dulce Creek Basin, Argentina. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 7, 194–199.

Lima, L., Zelaya, K. & Massone, H. (2011). Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment Combining the Drastic and Dyna-Clue Model in the Argentine Pampas. Environmental Management, 47, (5), 828.

Herrera, L., Laterra, P., Maceira, N., Zelaya, K. & Martínez, G. (2009). Fragmentation status of tussock grasslands relicts in Flooding Pampas, Argentina. An evaluation by remotely sensed data and spatial analysis indexes. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 62, 73–82.

Guyot, E., Ríos, V.H., Zelaya, D.K., Soria, F., Ríos, E. & Padilla, P. (2004). Reduction of potato’s due to hydric soil erosion using space Technology. Advances in Space Research, 33(3), 313–316.