Javier Salas (Madrid, 1964). B.S. in Geography (1989) and Ph.D. in Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing (1994) at the University of Alcalá.
Pre-doc visiting at the Forest Fire Laboratory of Riverside (California), Department of Geography of University of California at Santa Barbara, and Department of Geography of University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). Post-doc visiting at the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group of University of Montana (USA), Department of Geography of University of Cambridge (UK), and Department of Land, Air and Water Resources of University of California Davis.
Associate Professor (2001-2017) and Full Professor (from 2017) of Geography.
More than 25 years of experience researching environmental applications of remote sensing and GIS, with a particular focus on vegetation, forest fire, and change detection cartography. In these fields he has participated as a scientific collaborator and coordinator in several regional, national and EU funded projects.
Extensive experience in training students at BS, MSc and PhD levels. His teaching is especially related to Geographic Information Technologies, mainly with Remote Sensing.
In management, he has been Secretary (2001-2004) and Dean (2004-2010) of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences; Deputy Head of the Department of Geography and Geology (2011-2013) and Head of the Department of Geology, Geography and Environment (2013-2018).
Academic Committees of the Doctoral Programmes
Each Doctoral Programme has an Academic Committee composed of the Programme Coordinator and at least one representative from each of its lines of research. As the body responsible for the Doctoral Programme´s training and research activities, the functions of the Academic Committee are:
- To approve the Doctoral Programme’s research plan and to remit it to the Official Postgraduate Service for registration.
- To assign tutors to the students of the Doctoral Programme and, should there be reasonable grounds for doing so, to manage any changes of tutor at any stage of the Doctoral Programme.
- To assign thesis supervisors to the students of the relevant doctoral programme in a period no longer than six months after matriculation and, should there be reasonable grounds for doing so, to manage any changes of supervisor at any stage of the programme.
- To authorize the co-supervision of theses when there are good academic reasons for doing so, such as the interdisciplinary nature of the subject or doctoral programmes run in collaboration with other national or international institutions.
- To subject to annual assessment and modify as necessary the research plan and the memorandum of the activities undertaken by the students of the Doctoral Programme, as well as the reports of their tutors and thesis supervisors.
- To make a grounded decision regarding the continuation or otherwise of the Doctoral Programme of the students on that programme.
- To determine the exceptional circumstances which might affect the non-publication of certain contents of theses, as laid down in article 14, section 6 of Royal Decree 99/2011.
- To authorize stays and activities outside Spain as part of the doctoral student’s training programme with a view to obtaining the International Doctor Mention.
- To issue reports on doctoral students’ applications to join or leave doctoral programmes, for approval by the Managing Committee.
- To authorise the examination of the thesis of each of the programme’s doctoral students and to propose the examining panel for said thesis.