Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Manuel Abrunhosa is the new member of the IAPG Board of Experts on Geoethics and Groundwater Management

The IAPG Board of Experts has a new member (Corresponding Citizen Scientist  - CCS): Manuel João Florentino Gomes Abrunhosa.

Graduated in Geology from the University of Porto (Portugal) in 1980, he obtained a Specialist degree in Hydrogeology from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1988.
Began his professional career as a Junior Geologist in 1977, even before graduating, in a private company, working, studying and continuing to give classes of assistance to the practical works of several disciplines of his Geology course, since 1974. After acquiring shares of a company of services of Applied Geology and Hydrogeology he managed since then, directed innumerable projects aimed to the private and public sector until 2009. Also in 1981, after public exams, became a Lecturer in the Course of Geology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, having taught theoretical and practical classes, namely Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, and Sedimentary Petrology, oriented pedagogic internships, and did research in hydrogeology of fractured media and in the optimization of groundwater exploitation in a thin coastal sandy aquifer. His interests included Geoarchaeology with collaborations in several research groups. Out of his academy he was invited to the foundation of the first academic course in Portugal on Environmental Health and Hygiene and of to the first Master in Environmental Marketing. He has extensive experience in Forensic Geology as an expert in lawsuits and pro bono support to heritage and environmental advocacy associations. Since 2006 he is an Independent Consultant Geologist. More recently he has been appointed as member of the Board of APEQ - Portuguese Association for the Study of the Quaternary (publisher of Estudos do Quaternário / Quaternary Studies) and the Portuguese Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. He is a member of several national and international scientific and professional associations. The ethics at the science production and practical applications of the Earth Sciences has always been a concern and a guideline for his activities, a challenge for a geologist who, being born from a school oriented to the exploitation of geological resources in what he calls back "Predatory Geology", has gradually changed his priorities to become a geoethics advocate as an environmental and social geologist.

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