She is a climatologist and expert in climate change. She has a B.A. in Physics from the University of Chile and a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Oxford University.
She also completed a post doctorate at Columbia University. She has been a member of expert panels in several projects that design policies to respond to climate change and she is the principal author of the firth report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5, IPCC, 2013). She is currently an associate professor at the University of Chile.