Maria is currently a Ramón y Cajal Senior Researcher at the Image & Signal Processing group (ISP), Universitat de València, in València, Spain. Her research interests include microwave remote sensing, estimation of soil moisture and vegetation biogeophysical parameters, and development of multisensor techniques for enhanced retrievals with focus on agriculture, forestry, wildfire prediction, extreme detection, and climate studies.
She is deeply involved in research projects that use machine learning to exploit Earth Observation data in Earth and Climate Sciences. She is particularly interested in the development of data-driven models that respect physical laws, in causal inference and in learning and explaining feature representations. She is IEEE senior member (2019) and ELLIS Fellow (2021).