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Amara Santiesteban Serrano


Plant Humanities Summer Program

Santiesteban Serrano has devoted most of her time to revisiting Alexander von Humboldt’s contributions to modern sciences. She believes the German naturalist has some of the keys to approach the biggest challenges humanity will have to handle, such as climate change and the degradation of ecosystems. In her latest work, she travelled to Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) where Humboldt stopped by two centuries ago on his way to the New World. She carried out a vegetation and soil sampling along the altitudinal gradient in order to compare her findings with those of Humboldt’s, in an attempt to demonstrate an upward shift of plants due to climate change. 

Amara Santiesteban Serrano is an MSc student of biodiversity and conservation of tropical areas at International University Menéndez Pelayo – Spanish National Research Council. She holds a BA in biology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she specialized in botany. Santiesteban Serrano is currently collaborating with an international taxonomic project (TAXON-TIME) committed to tracing taxonomic knowledge of tropical African and Amazonian species through time, thanks to a Spanish National Research Council grant (JAE Intro).