Staff

Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas (CREAF-CSIC) : CSIC Research Professor & Main researcher

Prof. Dr. Josep Peñuelas (CREAF-CSIC)

CSIC Research Professor & Main researcher

Global ecology, climate change, atmospheric pollution, biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds emissions, remote sensing, plant ecophysiology, functioning and structure of terrestrial plants and ecosystems, chemical ecology and metabolomics, macroecology and biogeochemistry.

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josep.penuelas@uab.cat
Dr. Iolanda Filella (CREAF-CSIC) : CSIC Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Iolanda Filella (CREAF-CSIC)

CSIC Senior Research Scientist

Development of remote sensing techniques to assess plant and ecosystem functioning, global and climate change effects on the structure and functioning of Mediterranean ecosystems, mechanisms and functions of plant-emitted volatile organic compounds.

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i.filella@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Marc Estiarte (CREAF-CSIC) : CSIC Titular Research Scientist

Dr. Marc Estiarte (CREAF-CSIC)

CSIC Titular Research Scientist

Climate change effects on ecosystem productivity, plant phenology and soil gas exchange. Climate change experiments on natural ecosystems.

m.estiarte@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Joan Llusià (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I3

Dr. Joan Llusià (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I3

Ecology of VOCs

j.llusia@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Jordi Sardans (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I3

Dr. Jordi Sardans (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I3

My main work is in the context of the relationships between terrestrial ecosystems structure and function with biogeochemical cycles (P, C, N, K,..), and coupling ecological stoichiometry and ecometabolomics approaches with ecosystems composition and function. I apply these studies to experimental and observational field data and to metadata analyses

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j.sardans@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Romà Ogaya (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I4

Dr. Romà Ogaya (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I4

Global change effects in plant ecophysiology. Climate change and nitrification effects in plant photosynthetic activity, chlorophyll fluorescence, water relations, and ecosystem productivity.

 

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r.ogaya@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Jofre Carnicer (University of Barcelona – UB and CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Associate Researcher

Dr. Jofre Carnicer (University of Barcelona – UB and CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Associate Researcher

Plant-herbivore  interactions, arthropod biodiversity responses, wood growth and dendroecology.

jofre@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Aleixandre Verger (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I4

Dr. Aleixandre Verger (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I4

verger@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Mireia Bartrons (CREAF-CSIC) : Associate professor at Universitat de Vic

Dr. Mireia Bartrons (CREAF-CSIC)

Associate professor at Universitat de Vic

Food web and ecosystem ecology

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mireia.bartrons@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Weiqi Wang :  Associate Researcher in Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC)

Dr. Weiqi Wang

Associate Researcher in Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC)

Global change and ecological stoichiometry, wetland biogeochemistry, industrial and agricultural wastes reuse in agriculture, greenhouse gases mitigation, Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Researchgate profile

w.wang@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Xavier Domene : Soil science professor

Dr. Xavier Domene

Soil science professor

Soil science, soil biology, ecotoxicology, soil quality indicators, soil ecosystem services and biochar.

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x.domene@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Dolores Asensio (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Dolores Asensio (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

Soil enzyme activity, microbial biomass, microbial stoichiometry, soil VOCs.

loles@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Albert Rivas (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I4

Dr. Albert Rivas (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I4

Ecometabolomics

a.rivas@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Oriol Grau (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I4

Dr. Oriol Grau (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I4

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC-UAB, Catalonia). My research combines several disciplines in Ecology: plant biology, fungal biology, community structure, functional ecology, ecosystem dynamics, plant-soil interactions and diversity patterns. I have been doing research on contrasting ecosystems across the world: in alpine (Pyrenees, Himalaya), subarctic (Scandes), arctic (Greenland), tropical (French Guiana), and in mediterranean regions (Catalonia). I have conducted observational and experimental studies in most of these regions to analyse the effects of environmental variability on ecosystem functioning.

For more information you can e-mail me (grau.oriol@gmail.com) or check the website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Oriol_Grau

Oriol.grau@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Guille Peguero (CREAF-CSIC) : CREAF Research Scientist I4

Dr. Guille Peguero (CREAF-CSIC)

CREAF Research Scientist I4

Effects of nutrient imbalances at local and regional scales on the composition and phylogenetic structure of soil mesofaunal communities.

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guille.peguero@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Olga Margalef (CREAF-CSIC, IIASA) : CREAF Research Scientist I4

Dr. Olga Margalef (CREAF-CSIC, IIASA)

CREAF Research Scientist I4

Biogeochemical aspects of phosphorus cycle.

o.margalef@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Laura Rico (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Laura Rico (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

Research experience in Plant Molecular Biology applied to Molecular Ecology, Plant Genetics, Plant Biology and Genetic resources.

l.rico@creaf.uab.es
Dr. Catherine Preece (CREAF-CSIC) : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Catherine Preece (CREAF-CSIC)

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

I am a plant ecologist and my current work is investigating the effect of drought on plant-soil interactions in the Mediterranean-climate region. I am particularly interested in learning more about how plant root exudates mediate soil microbial diversity and function under water stress, and the feedbacks the microbial community have on plants. An increase in extreme drought events could negatively impact biodiversity and soil quality in both natural and agricultural habitats. Attempts to mitigate drought effects will benefit from a thorough understanding of water stress on plants and soils and also the complex interactions between the two.

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c.preece@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Benjamin Stocker : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Benjamin Stocker

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

I am a climate and environmental scientist with a special interest in interactions between climate change and terrestrial ecology and biogeochemistry. My work is dedicated to providing data-informed predictions of how land ecosystems respond to a changing climate, increasing CO2 and changes in nutrient cycles. I'm developing numerical models, as simple as possible and as complex as necessary to learn the most.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/b.stocker

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b.stocker@imperial.ac.uk
Dr. Manuela Balzarolo : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Manuela Balzarolo

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

My main research topic is the application of proximal and remote sensing techniques to explore the terrestrial ecosystem biochemical responses to climate change and drought. I’m currently working on modelling ecosystem phenology, productivity, carbon and water fluxes and by using satellite observations from different sensors.

Project name: INDRO - Remote sensing INdicators for DROught monitoring

Antwerpen University profile

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Manuela.Balzarolo@uantwerpen.be
Dr. Rossella Guerrieri : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Rossella Guerrieri

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

My research activities have aimed to gain a deep understanding of the coupled C-N-H2O cycling in forests, by linking different scales of investigations, i.e., from the tree to the ecosystem, and methodological approaches (e.g., stable C and O isotopes in leaves and tree rings, eddy covariance data). During my Marie Curie fellowship at the CRAEF I will focus on tree canopies and their role in altering the chemical composition of precipitation and, consequently, the nutrient cycling within forests. I will explore the biological diversity hidden in the canopies, particularly bacteria, and its role in processing the atmospheric N.

Researchgate profile

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Abstract_NITRIPHYLL project

r.guerrieri@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Lei Liu (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Lei Liu (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I’m interested in soil microbial mediation of ecosystem response to global changes in land use, nitrogen deposition, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, with a particular focus on tropical forests. Besides, my work also included soil functional microorganisms such as mycorrhizal fungi which involved in P cycle response to global climate change.

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liulei406@gmail.com
Dr. Adrià Barbeta (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Adrià Barbeta (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I am focused on the development of tree-ring chronologies within gradients of nutrient availability in French Guiana and in fertilization experiments, using classical dendrochronological approaches plus tree-ring isotopes techniques.

I am also interested in the effects of experimental fertilization and nutrient availability on the linkage between belowground water movement mediated by roots (hydraulic lift and downward siphoning) and root nutrient uptake. More generally, I would like to explore the effect of nitrogen addition and/or phosporus limitation on plant water relations of tropical, mediterranean and temperate forests.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adria_Barbeta

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a.barbeta@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Ander Achotegui (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Ander Achotegui (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I study the defensive roles of VOCs in plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions.

a.achotegui@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Albert Gargallo (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Albert Gargallo (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

Ecometabolomics

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a.gargallo@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Gerard Farré (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Gerard Farré (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

My research has focused on the measure of VOC emissions from plants, especially focusing on floral scent. I am especially interested in understanding the factors that exert evolutionary pressures determining floral emissions at the species and population level, and also the environmental factors that affect these emissions at the organism and tissue level through their effects on plant physiology and VOC physicochemistry. I am also interested in exploring the effects of such changes in floral scents on the ecological interactions that these emissions mediate with diverse floral visitors (pollinators, larcenists, florivores).

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g.farre@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Marcos Fernández-Martínez (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Marcos Fernández-Martínez (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

The effect of nutrient availability on forest features, productivity and carbon balance from a macroecological perspective.

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m.fernandez@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Marta Camino (Antwerp University and CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Marta Camino (Antwerp University and CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

Modelling soil C dynamics

marta.caminoserrano@uantwerpen.be
Dr. Marc Peaucelle (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Marc Peaucelle (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I am an environmental scientist currently working on the representation of plants in global terrestrial biosphere models.

I'm particularly interested in the interactions between the vegetation and their environment, but also their ability to face environmental changes.

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marc.peaucelle@lsce.ipsl.fr
Dr. Mónica Ladrón de Guevara (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Mónica Ladrón de Guevara (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I study, by using rainfall manipulation experiments, the adaptation capacity of dryland grass species to changes in soil water availability. The transgenerational effects of the treatments will be evaluated through phenotypic and genomic approaches.

Project. Differential adaptation capacity of dryland grasses to directional changes in water availability (DIAGRASS)

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Dr. Sara Marañón Jiménez : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Sara Marañón Jiménez

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Temperature-driven effects on the ecosystem C:N stoichiometry, soil N losses and N transformation rates assessed with isotope dilution and 15N tracing techniques, as well as on the changes of N transfer to plants through the symbiotic association with mycorrhiza.

Project name: Resilience of Soil Stoichiometry in subartic soils under Temperature- Induced Soil Carbon Losses: Where does the N go? (StoiCa)

Researchgate

Google Scholar

Web of knowledge

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@SMaranonJimenez

s.maranon@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Daijun Liu (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Daijun Liu (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I focus on global change effects on forest ecosystem structure and function, especially on ecophysiological and demographical changes. I will study climate change and nutrient availability on forest growth, tree mortality and species recruitment, richness and vegetation productivity.

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d.liu@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Chao Zhang (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Chao Zhang (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

I focus on the response of ecosystem function and structure to climate change based on remote sensing technique. The objective is to assess the influence of climate change on carbon fixation at different temporal and spatial scales using photochemical reflectance index and fluorescence.

http://blogs.helsinki.fi/optics-of-photosynthesis/

Researchgate

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c.zhang@creaf.uab.cat
Ifigenia Urbina (CREAF-CSIC) : PhD student

Ifigenia Urbina (CREAF-CSIC)

PhD student

Abiotic and biotic factors determinants of elemental stoichiometry in terrestrials ecosystems.

i.urbina@creaf.uab.cat
Kevin Bórnez Mejías (CREAF-CSIC) : PhD student

Kevin Bórnez Mejías (CREAF-CSIC)

PhD student

I´m studying the effects of climate change on plants phenology by using remote sensing. In addition, with this research we want to study the possible feedback between vegetation and climate.

The PhD project is conceived as an investigation on the climatology category, inside the area of Earth science. The thesis project is part of the Copernicus Global Land Project of the European Commission, where the investigation team of the Global Ecology Unit work on developing techniques of remote sensing to characterize the whole vegetation and phenology from satellite.

 

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k.bornez@creaf.uab.cat
Zhaobin Mu (CREAF-CSIC) : PhD student

Zhaobin Mu (CREAF-CSIC)

PhD student

I focus on global ecology of VOCs emissions by plants. I will study the factors influencing those VOCs emissions and contributions of plants VOCs emissions to the ecosystem, etc.

Project: Ecology of VOCs emissions by plants under global environmental changes

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zhaobin@creaf.uab.cat
Bang-Xiao Zheng (CREAF-CSIC) : PhD student

Bang-Xiao Zheng (CREAF-CSIC)

PhD student

Microbial Ecology, Soil Biogeochemistry, and Phosphorus Cycles.

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b.zheng@creaf.uab.cat
Albert Bach (ICTA-GEU) : PhD student

Albert Bach (ICTA-GEU)

PhD student

I am currently developing my PhD thesis titled " Forest and Human Health: a new approach for forest management?" in which we aim at unveiling the potential relations or not between forests and human health involving  Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds.

 

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albert.bach@uab.cat
Helena Vallicrosa (CREAF-CSIC) : PhD student

Helena Vallicrosa (CREAF-CSIC)

PhD student

My main work is about searching relationships between biogeochemical cycles and elemental composition of plant-soil system with some of the main ecological and environmental traits (grow, diversity, climate, soil type, photosynthetic capacity, metabolic function…) at world scale. Furthermore I am interested in niche modeling, mediterranean ecosystem and tropical forests.

 

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h.vallicrosa@creaf.uab.cat
Sara Marrafa (CREAF-CSIC) : Master student

Sara Marrafa (CREAF-CSIC)

Master student

Relate remote sensing indices with fruit-seed production in Europe using ICP forest data for different dominant tree species in Europe.

Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC) : Technician

Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC)

Technician

Algorithm development for the estimation of biophysical variables (LAI, FAPAR, and FCOVER) from Sentinel-3 observations, using existing satellite products and synthetic data sets as training data for machine learning models.

Project: C-GLOPS1 project

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a.descals@creaf.uab.cat
Marta Ayala : Master student

Marta Ayala

Master student

marta.ar1910@gmail.com
Lena Muffler : PhD student

Lena Muffler

PhD student

My research interests are:

  • phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation as responses to climate change
  • temperate forest ecosystems and the impact of extreme weather events (drought, late frost)
  • spatial ecology of beech provenances (Fagus sylvatica) in Europe
  • Methods: ecological experiments (reciprocal transplantation, precipitation manipulation, climate chamber), statistical modelling (multivariate statistics, spatial ecology)
lena.muffler@uni-greifswald.de
Maria Vives Ingla : Undergraduate student

Maria Vives Ingla

Undergraduate student

mariavivesingla@gmail.com
Dr. Stefania Mattana : Post-doc technician

Dr. Stefania Mattana

Post-doc technician

Soil science

s.mattana@creaf.uab.es
Pere Roc Fernández Garberí : Technician

Pere Roc Fernández Garberí

Technician

pererocfg@gmail.com
Anna Escolà : Technician

Anna Escolà

Technician

annikuni@gmail.com
Rosa Casanovas (CREAF-CSIC) : Technical & administrative assistant

Rosa Casanovas (CREAF-CSIC)

Technical & administrative assistant

Technical administrative assistant

http://ambientalogica-english.blogspot.com.es/

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rosa.casanovas@creaf.uab.cat
Paolo Zuccarini : Technician

Paolo Zuccarini

Technician

Agronomist/environmentalist specialized in plant ecophysiological responses to abiotic stresses in the frame of Climate Change, and in nutrient cycling in agricultural and forest ecosystems

Projects:

“What makes leaves fall in autumn? A new process description for the timing of leaf senescence in temperate and boreal trees”. (Ref.: ERC Starting Grant 714916)

“Imbalance-P: Effects of phosphorus limitations on Life, Earth system and Society”. (Ref.: Synergy Grant 610028)

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p.zuccarini@creaf.uab.cat
Carlos López (CREAF-CSIC) : GIS Technical assistant

Carlos López (CREAF-CSIC)

GIS Technical assistant

Remote Sensing & GIS technician.

carlos.lopez.mari@hotmail.com
Dra. Anna Àvila Castells (CREAF) :  CREAF Research Scientist

Dra. Anna Àvila Castells (CREAF)

CREAF Research Scientist

Ecology of atmospheric deposition

anna.avila@uab.cat
Prof. Jaume Terradas Serra (CREAF) : UAB Professor

Prof. Jaume Terradas Serra (CREAF)

UAB Professor

Terrestrial ecology

jaume.terradas@uab.es
Dr. Francesc Sabater i Comas : Professor

Dr. Francesc Sabater i Comas

Professor

Linking aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, nutrient cycling in freswhater and riparian forest ecosystems.

fsabater@ub.edu
Dra. Angela Ribas Artola : Professora associada UAB

Dra. Angela Ribas Artola

Professora associada UAB

Atmospheric ecology

a.ribas@creaf.uab.es
Dr. Alejandro Castellanos Villegas : Pofesor Investigador Universidad de Sonora

Dr. Alejandro Castellanos Villegas

Pofesor Investigador Universidad de Sonora

Ecofisiología Vegetal y Funcionamiento de Ecosistemas de Zonas Áridas.

Proyectos actuales:

  • Cambios de la cubierta vegetal e impactos de la actividad ganadera. Estudio de las interacciones ecológicas y socio-económicas.
  • Estequiometría ecológica y percepción remota para el análisis de la distribución espacial e invasibilidad de zacate Buffel (Cenchrus ciliaris), en zonas prioritarias del Noroeste de México.

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a.castellanos@creaf.uab.cat
PhD. Brooke Mayer : Visiting scientist

PhD. Brooke Mayer

Visiting scientist

The Mayer Lab Group focuses on the design and assessment of more sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies that are able to simultaneously mitigate the risks posed by microbial and chemical contaminants.

Mayer lab group web page

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Constantí Stefanescu (CREAF) : CREAF Associate Researcher

Constantí Stefanescu (CREAF)

CREAF Associate Researcher

Ecology of butterflies

c.stefanescu@creaf.uab.es
Alistair Jump : GEU Associate Researcher

Alistair Jump

GEU Associate Researcher

Ecology of Climate Change and population ecology

a.s.jump@stir.ac.uk
Sue Owen : GEU Associate Researcher

Sue Owen

GEU Associate Researcher

Ecology of atmospheric pollution

susa1@ceh.ac.uk

 

Ex-MEMBERS OF THE GLOBAL ECOLOGY UNIT

Name Position e-mail
Dominik Sperlich Postdoc dominik@creaf.uab.cat
Giorgio Alessio Postdoc
Jorge Curiel Postdoc
Patricia Prieto Postdoc
Kacem Harrabe Postdoc
This Ruthishauser Postdoc  this@creaf.uab.cat
Alfredo di Filippo Postdoc diFilippo@unitus.it
Mónica Mejía Postdoc m.mejia@creaf.uab.cat
Lina Marcela Castaño Postdoc lm.castano@creaf.uab.cat
Sudhir Pandey Postdoc skpbhu@gmail.com
Roger Seco Postdoc roger@creaf.uab.cat
Rebeca Izquierdo Miguel Postdoc rebeca@creaf.uab.es
María Díaz de Quijano Postdoc m.diaz@creaf.uab.es
Catherine Morfopoulos Postdoc c.morfopoulos@imperial.ac.uk
Alba Lázaro Estudiant de Doctorat albalazaro@ugr.es
Josep Salvador Blanch Estudiant de Doctorat
Benjamin Carrillo Estudiant de Doctorat
Martin Garbulsky Estudiant de Doctorat
Laura Nagy Estudiant de Doctorat laura.nagy@uni-bayreuth.de
Manel Niell Estudiant de Doctorat mniell.cenma@iea.ad
Marta Coll Estudiant de Doctorat m.coll@creaf.uab.cat
Shawn Kefauver Estudiant de Doctorat sc.kefauver@creaf.uab.cat
Marta Domènech Estudiant de Doctorat mdomenech.cenma@iea.ad
Shasha Tao Estudiant de Doctorat s.tao@creaf.uab.es
Pille Mand Estudiant de Doctorat pille.mand@ut.ee
Elena Mezzini Estudiant de Doctorat elena.mezzini@gmail.com
Jenny Hunt Estudiants de màster
Karen Thirslund Estudiants de màster
Jorge Silva Tècnic