Julia Ortega Solana is graduated in Environmental Biology by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She did the Master's degree in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management at University of Barcelona.
She is working currently as a technician at the Department of Ecology of the University of Barcelona. She coordinates the project “Evitem la pesca fantasma” (Avoiding ghost fishing). The main objectives of this project are: 1) To reduce the number of lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gears in Catalan coast. These are retired by means of scuba diving until depths of 30m 2) Include in a georeferenced database their coordinates and main characteristics 3) Analyze the species and habitats affected by the discarded fishing gears. 4) Awareness to citizenship of this issue. From October 2019 to October 2020 this project is beneficiary of a subvention from Programa Pleamar, co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
On the other hand, she also collaborates on the biological monitoring of Cap de Creus and Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Parks.
Previously, she carried out a study about the current knowledge of the habitats and marine biodiversity of the Costa Brava (Catalonia, Spain). Also she participated in a project to determine the vulnerability of echinoderms in the Port-Cros National Park (France).