Marta is Associate Professor in remote sensing at the Fenner School of Environment & Society and the School of Engineering, a Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute for Space and the Director of the ANU Bushfire Initiative, which aims to protect Australia from catastrophic bushfires. She is also a member of the Australian Space Agency’s Technical Advisory Board for Earth Observation and the Scientific Panel of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and an Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Remote Sensing of Environment.
Marta's research specialised in spatial bushfire risk and fire severity assessment using remote sensing data. Dr Yebra led the development of the Australian Flammability Monitoring System, and it is now working with a multidisciplinary team to design Australia’s first satellite mission (Ozfuel) to help forecast vulnerable areas where bushfires are at the highest risk of starting or burning out of control. His research has been recognised through numerous awards, including the CSIRO OCE Pyne-Scott career award, the Max Day Environmental Science Award by the Australian Academy of Science and the BNHCRC’s Outstanding Achievement in Research Utilization award and has written more than 80 publications.