Helena holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Girona (Spain) and a Master's degree in Soil Science from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Sweden). Her master thesis focused on estimating preferential flow from more readily available information by using machine learning techniques. After her masters, she worked 5 months a the Soil and Environment Department at SLU studying the relationship of soil properties, land use and site factors with hydraulic conductivity near and at saturation. Her interest in soil physics motivated her to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Jan Vanderborght. Her PhD project focuses on modeling the effect of salinity and water stresses on root water uptake. By using R-SWMS, she explores the effect of salinity and water availability under a different range of environmental conditions, plant and soil characteristics, and irrigation water quality and scheduling. Simulations are performed at both the single-root and whole plant scales.