Who we are

Meet the people and institutions that participate in MeCCS.

MeCCS emerged as an interdisciplinary project that combines different experiences, visions, knowledge and skills of team members and collaborators.
We also have the participation of representatives of academia, government, industry, and society in the creation of this platform, whose contributions enrich and highlight the value of collaboration and communication to expand knowledge, improve dialogue, and support decision making.

Our team

Jazmín Mota

Jazmin is a geological engineer graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is a PhD candidate in Geosciences from the University of Edinburgh and a visiting student at LANCIS, IE-UNAM. Her academic interests focus on the environment and energy, extractive industries, energy transition and sustainability sectors. In the professional field, she was director of Clean Technologies in the Ministry of Energy of Mexico; she worked as a consultant for the World Bank and as a project engineer at the Federal Electricity Commission to evaluate the geological storage potential of CO₂ in Mexico. She participated as a representative of Mexico in the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and the North American Energy Ministerial Trilateral and multilateral forums on CCS / CCUS. She has participated in public consultations for energy projects, teaching, training and scientific dissemination activities.

Her interests are dance (particularly flamenco and Latin rhythms), travel, mountaineering, singing and reading.

Héctor Ortega

Hector has graduated in Communication Sciences, specialized in graphic design and photography. He has worked in different artistic, cultural, scientific, and social projects in the professional field, both in private, as well as in governmental and NGO institutions. He collaborated in the dissemination area of ​​the Ministry of Education and with different social organizations in the State of Chiapas, where he is from. He has worked in web tools, editorial design and business branding for the Federal Electricity Commission and the Ministry of Energy. In the artistic field, he has participated in various theatre projects and collaborated in festivals, magazines and specialized publishers; He has held group exhibitions in Chiapas, Michoacán and Mexico City. His visual work ranges from illustration to photography, experimenting with analogue and digital formats. He currently collaborates on various graphic design, art direction and photography projects.

His interests are illustration, painting, analogue photography, performing arts, music (especially rock, blues, electronic music, and soul), cartoons/anime, traveling, walking, and oriental food.

Adrián Fernández

Adrian is a chemist graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Sheffield, and he is a PhD candidate in Sustainability Sciences from UNAM. His academic interests have focused on hydrogeology of pollutants, remediation strategies of contaminated aquifers, transport and destination of radionuclides in the environment, and study of trajectories oriented towards sustainability. He has carried out environmental consulting and environmental law activities in the professional field, educational and teaching activities. He has participated in the edition and creation of textbooks and works of scientific communication in the development of online teaching materials for science courses, chemistry and technical communication courses.

His interests are music (especially blues, rock, and jazz), mountaineering, video games, travel, and reading.

Paola García

Paola is a biologist graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a PhD in Sciences from the University of Plymouth, UK. Her work has focused mainly on studying socio-ecological processes at different temporal and spatial scales, from local approaches such as pollination to global change processes, mainly in Latin American systems. She has held positions in the public sector within her professional career, such as Deputy Director of Conservation of Biological Communities and Adaptation to Climate Change, as well as collaborating with the United Nations and various academic institutions. She has articles published in international magazines, technical reports and book chapters. She is currently a researcher at the National Laboratory of Sustainability Sciences (LANCIS), at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, where she works on projects about vulnerability, adaptation and resilience to global changes, monitoring and evaluating socio-ecological systems, research on the impact and linkage of science, promoting the involvement of other critical sectors for decision-making. She was a lecturer in the UK, Ecuador, and Mexico. She is a representative within the Working Committees on Climate Change and Sustainable Cities of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Her interests are painting, films, anime, travelling, cooking, reading, and cycling.

Abraham Toriz

Abraham is a Mathematician graduated from Universidad Veracruzana. He has served as an independent software developer and consultant since 2018. Abraham is passionate about autonomy, community, and sustainability and has participated in the construction and design of rainwater collection and composting systems on a family scale. He is also actively involved in free software and open-source movements as a computing extension of sustainability and autonomy models. He is currently part of a nascent software development cooperative that proposes a fair model of distribution of wealth generated among its members.

His interests are high and mid-mountain walks, mountain biking, cooking and making leather products.

Mariana Velázquez

Mariana is a Petroleum engineer graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has interests in energy transition, sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon markets. She participated in an environmental remediation project to create “Copitl” and collaborated in a sustainability project in the extractive industry at the National Hydrocarbons Commission. Currently, she is part of a youth project that promotes sustainable finance.

Her interests are photography, seeing new places, running, watching series, planting and harvesting her food.

Lorena Morales

Earth Sciences student focused on Environmental Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has worked in land use change and restoration of degraded spaces. Lorena participated in a project to assess the biodiversity conservation state in olive groves in southern Spain. She currently collaborates in outreach and teaching activities.

Her personal interests are swimming, photography, dance, yoga, and personal growth.


MeCCS is a project carried out in collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the National Laboratory of Sustainability Sciences (LANCIS), of the Institute of Ecology of the UNAM, through which the exchange of knowledge and experience has facilitated a connection between disciplines for the analysis of CCS projects in Mexico.

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MeCCS is supported and sponsored by the UK CCS Research Center (UKCCSRC) and the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment & Society (SAGES).

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Other institutions that support the project.

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