After months of tedious bureacratic steps, including applicationsfor criminal record and birth certificates, visa applications, CSIC contract procedures, and many others I am not going to mention, François and I are happy to welcome Pablo Medrano as a new member of the ELECTROSTEPPE research team. Pablo Medrano is a postdoc researcher from Ecuador that obtained his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Reading. He is interested in landscape ecology, road ecology, conservation biology and macroecology. He will be working with us on mapping hotspots of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of steppe birds, and addressing potential conflicts with renewable energy development projects. Further, he will apply ecological niche models to understand how the current and future distribution of key steppe bird species may be altered by the development of photovoltaic and wind energy projects in Spain. Welcome to the team, Pablo!