SOAR- Cádiz Chapter
Cádiz, a city and port in southwestern Spain, became part of the SOAR family in June 2014. Cádiz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in southwestern Europe, has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. Despite its unique site — on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea — Cádiz is, in most respects, a typical Andalusian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks. The older part of Cádiz within the remnants of the city walls is commonly referred to as the Old Town. It is characterized by the antiquity of its various quarters (barrios), which present a marked contrast to the newer areas of town. While the Old Town’s street plan consists of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cádiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings. In addition, the city is dotted with numerous parks where exotic plants flourish, including giant trees supposedly brought to Spain by Columbus from the New World.
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Alla is currently working in Estonia, investigating the effects of microplastic on aquatic organisms. She earned her PhD in Marine and Coastal Management (2014, University of Cadiz, Spain), MSs in Computer and Information Science (2003, American University of Armenia).
Alla worked at the University of Cadiz as a researcher, at a bank as a programmer, at the American University of Armenia as a personnel administrator, and at the Institute of Hydroecology and Ichthyology in Armenia as a researcher. She is fluent in Russian and English and also speaks Spanish. She is currently learning Estonian.