Study Abroad in Spain with Arcadia University

Faculty Supporting Our Programs in Granada


Dr. Alberto Matarán Ruiz

Instructor, Environmental Science

Alberto Mataran RuizDr. Matarán Ruiz received a BsC and Ph.D. in Environmental Science (University of Granada, 1995-1999 and 2002-2005). MsC Waste Management (University of Central Lancashire, 2004). Since 2003, he has served as a  research fellow and lecturer in Regional Planning and Environment at the University of Granada. From 2008, he has been Chair of the professorship Jose Saramago-Seminar of Environment and Life Quality of the University of Granada. Professor in the Doctorate Program Urbanism, Regional Planning and Environment. Environmental specialist in the local administration and previously for the Environmental Agency of the Province of Cordoba, Argentina. He held a post as a researching visitor in the University of Manchester, England (2004), Central Lancashire, England (2004), as well as in  Florence, Italy (2008-2009), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009). Dr. Matarán Ruiz has been a participant in more than 15 national and international researching projects. Her serves as Editor of Ambientalia, and member of the editorial board of the Open Environmental Journal and Observatorio Medioambiental. He has more than 40 publications to his credit within the research interests centerd on water and spatial planning, planning and local sustainability, landscape and planning, and more recently, on social participation. He also holds a Cambridge Certificate on Advanced English and a third course degree on French Language.

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Dr. Lucas Alados-Arboledas

Class- Renewable Energy - Wind, Solar, Wave

Lucas Alados-ArboledasLucas Alados-Arboledas is head of the Atmospheric Physic Group (GFAT) at the University of Granada. He is Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Granada. He has extensive experience in studies of surface radiation budget and ground based remote sensing. His research is focused on the field of aerosol remote sensing using passive (photometers) and active (lidar) methodologies. He is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has coordinated several experimental campaigns designed to approach the study of the aerosol radiative effect by means of a multi instrumental approach, with participation of different European research teams. He has promoted the development of an active research on the atmospheric aerosol at the Andalusian Centre for Environmental Research, CEAMA, with effective participation in global networks focused on the aerosol characterization like AERONET and EARLINET.

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Dr. Margarita Carretero Gonzalez

Instructor, Interdisciplinary
Class- Mediterranean Cultures And Civilization- The Great Mosaic

Margarita Carretero GonzalezDr. Margarita Carretero Gonzalez was born and grew up in Granada, and holds an MA in English Philology (1992) and a Ph.D. in English Literature (1996) from the University of Granada. From 1993 to 1996 she lived in both England and Spain, and was visiting research fellow at the University of East London and the University of Leicester. She currently teaches English Literature at the English and German Department of Granada University and, in its Center for Modern Languages, she has also taught courses on Spanish Culture and Civilization.

Dr. Carretero Gonzalez joined Arcadia in October 2010, when she began teaching the course Mediterranean Cultures and Civilizations – the Great Mosaic. Her research interests include Victorian fiction, fantasy fiction and cultural studies. Her scholarly approach involves the ecocritical perspective, and she is interested in studying the connections between culture, literature and the natural environment.

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Dr. Penélope Serrano Ortiz

Instructor, Meteorology
Class- Atmospheric Processes and Climate Change

Penelope Serrano OrtizMember of the research group GFAT (Grupo de Física de la Atmósfera) at the Applied Physics Department of the University of Granada. After completing her Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science and Technology, Penélope got a postdoctoral grant from the Spanish goverment working in the Biology Department in University of Antwerp, Belgium for 2 years. Penélope has currently a postdoctoral position in the "Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas" (EEZA) in Almería. Her research activities are concerned with carbon dioxide and water vapour exchanges in Mediterranean ecosystems using micrometeorological techniques.

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Dr. Teresa Fajardo del Castillo

Instructor, International Law
Class- Environmental Politics Of The European Union

Dr. Teresa Fajardo del CastilloDr. Teresa Fajardo del Castillo is a senior tenured lecturer in the Department of Public International Law and International Relations in Granada University's Law School. She read law at Granada and Poitiers Universities, and then studied the Licence Spécial en Droit Européen at the Institut d'Etudes Européennes of the Free University of Brussels. She has worked with the Legal Service of the European Commission and has been visiting researcher at the universities of Florence, Brussels, Geneva and London. She obtained her Ph.D. with a thesis on the External Policy of the European Community in the field of environment. Her researching fields are international and community environmental law, international law of the sea and the EU cooperation to development Policy. She is engaged in several inter-university projects in Europe and the United States relating to International and European environmental law.

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Dr. Andrew S. Kowalski

Instructor, Physics/Meteorology
Class- Atmospheric Processes and Climate Change

Dr. Andrew S. KowalskiAndrew S. Kowalski received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA in 1988 and spent two years working as a systems engineer for the MITRE Corporation. He then went on to study Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, receiving an MS in 1993 for research on remote sensing of ocean surface temperatures, and a Ph.D. in 1996 for a thesis on turbulent deposition of (fog) cloudwater to forest. He worked in western Europe researching ecosystem carbon cyling, first as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium from 1997-2000, and then as a research engineer at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Bordeaux, France. Since 2003 he has been on the faculty at the University of Granada, continuing research on ecosystem carbon and water exchanges and teaching physics and meteorology to environmental science students, as well as graduate-level micrometeorology. Dr. Kowalski is an avid skier, blues enthusiast, and olive farmer.

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Dr. Francisco Javier Toro Sanchez

Instructor, Environmental Science
Class- Sustainability in the Mediterranean

Francisco Javier Toro SanchezFrancisco is a native of Marbella, but has lived in Granada since 2000. He is a geographer at the University of Granada (2004) and researcher of Department of Regional Geographic Analysis and Physical Geography at the same university. His main topics are related with theoretical and conceptual issues of sustainability and the human-nature relationship. In Arcadia, he co-teaches with Alberto Matarán the course "Sustainability in the Mediterranean: Approaching Local Self-Sustainable Development."

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