Pilar has a Bachelor Degree in Marine Science and a Postgraduate Degree on Protected Areas specialized in Marine Protected Areas.
As a Marine Scientist, Pilar participates in Oceana’s campaigns and expeditions at sea to develop new MPA proposals based on scientific and legislative information. She is also Coordinator of the Oceana MedNet Project, a MPA network proposal for the entire Mediterranean Sea. Pilar acts as Oceana's representative in national and international fora, including scientific congresses, EU meetings and Regional Seas Conventions (Barcelona Convention, GFCM) when topics related to marine protected areas and habitats/species conservation are discussed. Her expertise allows her to advocate for the enforcement of environmental legislation and implementation of international commitments to protect marine biodiversity (Aichi Target 11 under CBD and protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems under FAO). She started her professional career as a researcher working on ICZM at the University of Cadiz (Spain) by participating in several projects for natural resources management, sustainable development planning and Agenda 21. Later, she worked on Marine Spatial Planning for the Spanish Ministry for the Environment to implement the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Water Framework Directive in coastal waters. This background allowed her to participate in several international fora together with the Spanish delegation as Technical Advisor (e.g. OSPAR).