Dr. Ugo D’Ambrosio is a Catalan biologist with international education and professional experience acquired in Barcelona, the USA, Costa Rica, the UK and more recently Morocco. He holds a PhD in Ethnobiology from the University of Kent (UK) and two masters, one in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (University of Massachusetts), and one in Environmental Management and Leadership (University for International Cooperation).
Ugo’s most recent post-doctoral work, in close collaboration with the Botanical Institute of Barcelona, the Botany Laboratory of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona and the Global Diversity Foundation, has revolved around Mediterranean ethnobotany and cultural practices of conservation both in rural and urban environments. Ongoing projects in collaboration with various public and private research institutions include: i) the documentation of cultural practices of conservation of Amazigh populations in Morocco with GDF; ii) the Bullipedia classification of food products with the UB-Bullipedia Unit; iii) the yearly multicultural food fare Flavors of the World in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona with the UB-Torribera Food Campus; iv) the second phase of the Inventory of Spanish Traditional Ecological Knowledge with the Spanish Ministry of the Environment; as well as, v) in the study of sociocultural factors affecting wild food plant consumption in Spain with UAB’s Institute for Environmental Science and Technologies.
Ugo heads up GDF’s Mediterranean Ethnobiology Programme, which currently focuses on the maintenance of High Atlas Cultural Landscapes. He was a participant in the Global Environments Summer Academy 2015 in Bern (Switzerland), and after that also joined the GEN team as the Mediterranean Regional Coordinator, organising Mediterranean events and overseeing Network member engagement at the regional level. He is a fluent speaker of Spanish, Catalan, English and French and can also communicate in Italian and Portuguese.