Oscar Baron-Ruiz


PhiLab is financing my graduate research assistantship at the Community Service-Learning of the UAlberta, where I am developing spatial multi-criteria analyses using ArcMap software to prioritize areas for the distribution of the resources that support post-secondary education. This work is framed in the research project “Exploring the Impacts of a Community-Based Post-Secondary Education Award”. Likewise, I support identifying different mechanisms that could improve the collection and administration of the data to have interoperability between socio-economic and spatial information. Outside of this project, I am doing a Ph.D. in water resources engineering at UAlberta; here, I use geographical analyses for water resources management. Finally, I enjoy volunteering with the catholic community in Edmonton; this community has been a great support during my experience as an international student in Canada.


  • Armenteras, D., Murcia, U., González, T. M., Barón-Ruiz, O., & Arias, J. (2019). Scenarios of land use and land cover change for NW Amazonia: Impact on forest intactness. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17, e00567https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco 2019.e00567. 
  • Monroy D., Arias, J., Barón-Ruiz, O., Murcia, U., & Armenteras, D. (2019). Pressures on La Lindosa, Guaviare: Land-Cover Change and Incidence of Fires between 2012 and 2018. Acta Biológica Colombiana., 24(2), 372-378. https://doi.org/10.15446/abc.v24n2.72435. 
  • Burbano-Girón, J., Domínguez, E., & Barón-Ruiz, O. (2016). Analysis of the relationship between morphometric and biophysical variables in the estimation of probabilistic characteristics for the surface water supply in Colombia. Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Ex. Fis. Nat., 40 (156), 514-526. http://dx.doi.org/10.18257/raccefyn.291 

Awards and Distinctions

  • MinCiencias-Colombia. Doctoral Scholarship Call No. 885 of 2020. Awardee of the Scholarship for Ph.D. studies at the University of Alberta, Canada from 2021 to 2025. 
  • Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant – University of Alberta. This grant financed my participation in the Water Innovation Lab Global 2020 (WIL Global 2020) program led by Waterlution – Canada. 
  • COLFUTURO – Scholarship-Loan Program. Beneficiary of the loan-scholarship program for graduate studies in universities outside of Colombia. This program financed my master’s studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. 


Outside of my academic life, I enjoy talking with my family in Colombia (my home country), walking in the river valley in Edmonton, spiritual retreats, and during the pandemic, I have developed a cooking skill that I did not know I had.