About Me

Giova is a researcher at the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Cuenca (UoC) in Ecuador. He is currently conducting a MS in Water Sciences at Oregon State University in the USA, and has already started working his PhD studies in the project “Quantification of functional hydro-biogeochemical indicators in Ecuadorian ecosystems and their reaction on global change” in cooperation between the UoC and the University of Giessen in Germany. His research focuses on the identification of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in mountainous ecosystems and their response to land use disturbances and climate change and variability. Since 2012 he has been investigating the ecohydrology of high-elevation páramo ecosystems in southern Ecuador, and now he will extend his research to other lower-elevation ecosystems through his PhD work.

Ventures at the top of the Andean Cordillera and beyond…
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Ventures at the top of the Andean Cordillera and beyond…

How thrilling would it be to tapped on the shoulder by a native little man in the Andean Cordillera, ushered into a cave behind a waterfall, and then offered the opportunity to explore a magical realm, for real? Moody dirty cave, scruffy man…that’s pretty much what happened to me and a good friend and colleague, […]

Toward integrative research in páramos
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Toward integrative research in páramos

Páramos are high elevation ecosystems (3000-4000 m a.s.l.) that develop above the tree line and below the perennial snow line. They are primarily comprised by grasslands and a series of wetlands, lakes, and small ponds. Water that originates from páramo ecosystems in the northern Andes sustains the socio-economic development of populations settled in their surroundings. […]