Olga Mayoral García-Berlanga
Olga Mayoral is a Visiting Researcher at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University focusing on Botanic Gardens and outdoor environments as Teaching and Learning Backgrounds for different academic levels. She is a botanist, Assistant Professor of Science Teaching at the Faculty of Teacher Training and coordinator of the specialization of biology and geology of the Master's Degree in Secondary Education Teaching by the University of Valencia (UV).
Olga holds a Master's Degree in Research in Specific Didactics (UV) and is a University Specialist in University Pedagogy (Universitat Politécnica de València-UPV). She received her degrees from the University of Valencia in 1998, year in which she obtained a science award on evolution of coastal vegetation. Since 2001 she has been a researcher linked to the Botanic Garden of the Universitat de València focused on cartography for the Habitats Directive of the European Union (Nature 2000 Network), assessment of riparian forests quality and management of endangered species. She is in charge of the Garden Tours and coordinates botany courses at the Botanic Garden.
She has been a professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (2005-2016) and at the University of Valencia (since 2007), teaching botany, management and conservation of natural resources, adaptation to climate change of ecosystems, etc. Olga maintains a link with the UPV as a teacher of the Diploma of Specialization in Sustainability,Ecological Ethics and Environmental Education. As visiting professor, she has given classes in the Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway), Università di Padova (Italy) and Universitatea de stiinte Agricole si Medicina Veterinara Cluj Napoca (Romania).
Her PhD focused on the endangered flora of an inland region of Spain (Serranía de Cuenca), offering different proposals to prioritize areas of importance for the conservation of flora. During her PhD, with international mention, she made several research stays at the Centro Conservazione Biodiversità in the Orto Botanico di Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Her publications (five books, around 10 book chapters and around 50 articles) have dealt with endangered flora, abiotic stress on plants, alien species, riparian forests, coastal ecosystems and at the same time on outdoor education and the importance of plants as teaching resources.