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María Belén Benítez Carranco is a 30 year old Ecuadorian Environmental Engineer (“Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial” – UTE, 2013). She holds a MSc in climate change and environmental negociation (Andina University –UA, 2018), and a Master in Science, Conservation and Valorization of Marine Resources (MARRES, Côte d’Azur University-UCA, 2020).

Nowadays, she is studying a Graduate Diploma - Skills and Training for Ensuring Professional Success (STEPS) at University Côte d'Azur. She is now intern at ECOSEAS laboratory of the UCA, in charge of the scientific communication related to the project CLIM-ECO2.

María Belén Benítez has a seven years professional experience in Ecuador, focusing on water resource management and analysis of continental water quality. She collaborated with private companies, laboratories (Esimaster, Gruentec), international organization (Organization for the Amazon Cooperation Treaty-OTCA) and the Ministry of Water of Ecuador (SENAGUA) during five years. She especially worked for the National Direction of Water Quality, and contributed to the development of monitoring with bio-indication (macro invertebrates in particular) and environmental assessment of continental water quality in the SENAGUA.

She had in 2019 her first professional experience in France at the Permanent Center for Initiatives for the Environment (CPIE), for the animation of the Méditerranoscope in Lérins island.

She completed a second internship at the IRCAN laboratory of the UCA in 2020, which consisted in a support to the teams in charge of the both following processes:
-the creation of the International Associated Laboratory (LIA) – “Response of Organisms and Populations to Environmental Stress” (ROPSE) in collaboration between the Côte d’Azur University and the Monaco Scientific Center (CSM).
-the creation of the Federative Research Institute - Marine Resources (IFR) which gather the various laboratories linked to marine resources within the Côte d’Azur University (UCA).