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Associate professor, Australian National University

Marta is an Associate Professor 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 has served on a number of advisory government bodies including the Australian Space Agency’s Bushfire Earth Observation Taskforce (Feb-May 2020), Australian Space Agency’s Earth Observation Technical Advisory Group (Since 2019), the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Scientific Reference Panel (Since 2019) and the Australian Capital Territory Bushfire Council. She is also 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 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC's Outstanding Achievement in Research Utilization award. She has written more than 80 publications.


  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer, Australian National University