Dr. Albert Ruhi is a freshwater ecologist and an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley (Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management). His group develops experiments and conducts large-scale data analysis to advance current understanding of the ecology and conservation of freshwater ecosystems, focusing on how native and non-native biodiversity in river networks responds to global change stressors, such as hydrologic extremes and drought. Albert received a BS in Biology and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Girona (Catalonia), and he has conducted most of his research in water-scarce regions of the world—namely, the Mediterranean Basin and the American Southwest. Before joining UC Berkeley, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University and a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC in Maryland, where he studied impacts of flow alteration by U.S. dams via large data sets and time series methods in the frequency and time domains. Albert has published more than 50 papers, is an associate editor for the journal Conservation Letters, and he has received numerous awards recognizing his research, such as a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award, a California Sea Grant New Faculty Award, a Hellman Fellowship Award, and University of Girona’s Extraordinary Doctoral Degree Award in Environmental Sciences for his PhD work. In Spring 2021, he also received a UC Berkeley teaching award (“Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times”) for an undergraduate course on time series analysis applied to ecological and environmental data.
2016 - 2017
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