Avellán, Tamara

Academic Officer

UNU Publications
  • Tamara Avellán
    UNU-FLORES, Ammonstrasse 74, Dresden, 01067, Germany
    +49 (0) 351 8921 9380
    Argentina, Uruguay

    Research Interests

    • Characterization and management of integrated systems (hydrological; biogeochemical; hydrogeochemical cycles)
    • Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction
    • Global Change & Sustainable Development
    • Knowledge Translation and Brokering
    • Natural resource management in catchment area
    • Water Resources Management


    • PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geography and Remote Sensing, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany
    • Master of Science (MSc) in Biology –Limnology, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA


    • 2017-2018 Guest editor to the Special issue on ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ in Sustainability Management Forum (SMF) edited by Uwe Schneidewind and Edel Günther
    • 2017-2018: Lead author in collaboration with UNU-INWEH of Chapter 2 of UN Water’s World Water Development Report 2019
    • Since 11/2017: Alternate member to UNU’s Senior Programme Manager to UN Water
    • 2017: Contributing author to UN Water’s World Water Development Report 2018 ‘Nature-based solutions for water’
    • 2016 & 2017: Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017
    • Since 2016: Focal point for UNU-FLORES as member of the Environmental Committee (Umweltkommission) of the Technische Universität Dresden
    • Since 2016: Focal point for UNU-FLORES as Support Base Partner to the Associated Programme on Flood Management and the Integrated Drought Management Programme co-hosted by the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership
    • 2008 – present: Member of the International Water Association (IWA)
    • 2008 – present: Member of the IWA Specialist Group on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control
    • 2009 – present: Judge for the World Water Monitoring Day Award for South America, IWA, WEF
    • Reviewer for: Ecological Indicators, mdpi Water, mdpi Sustainability, mdpi International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Soil Use and Management, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, IWA Water Science &Technology

    Biographical Statement

    Tamara Avellán is a Research Fellow in the Water Resource Management Unit at UNU-FLORES. Her studies in biology led her to focus on the ecological impacts of water quality on aquatic life. Her interest in the effects of excess nutrient loads on plant morphology prompted her to look at increased sewage loads in watersheds. Dr. Avellán worked with local farmers of the small Flores Creek in Uruguay to find sustainable solutions to the increasing sewage loads of their milking parlours. Her research led to the instalment of the first constructed wetland using carefully researched endogenous plant species in 2008.

    Dr. Avellán obtained her PhD in 2014 from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, under the supervision of Prof. Wolfram Mauser. Her dissertation looked into the optimal spatial distribution of crops based on topography, soil conditions and climate. From 2011 to 2015 she also worked at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, at first as a German Junior Professional Officer and later as regular staff. She supported the early phases of the Global Framework for Climate Services and led various projects on climate services in Small Island Developing States. At UNU-FLORES Dr. Avellán has returned to her roots in the world of water and its related research, looking into the linkages of water, soil and waste while reducing resource loss.

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