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, global change, climate change, pollution, atmosphere-biosphere, Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds emissions, remote sensing, plant ecophysiology, functioning and structure of terrestrial plants and ecosystems, chemical ecology, ecometabolomics, microbial ecology, macroecology and evolutionary ecology, biogeochemistry with special focus on phosphorus, environmental sustainability, food security and global health.

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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. 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) : Associate Researcher

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

Associate Researcher

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

jofre@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Aleixandre Verger : Associate researcher

Dr. Aleixandre Verger

Associate researcher

Remote sensing, vegetation-climate dynamics, global change

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verger@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Angela Ribas Artola : Titular professor

Dr. Angela Ribas Artola

Titular professor

Atmospheric ecology

a.ribas@creaf.uab.es
Dr. Sandra Nogué : ERC researcher

Dr. Sandra Nogué

ERC researcher

Palaeoecology, Biogeography, Island Biology

My research interest examines the mechanisms by which vegetation interacts with the environment using a palaeoecological approach.

 

s.nogue@creaf.uab.cat
Prof. Weiqi Wang :  Associate Researcher in Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC)

Prof. 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

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w.wang@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Akash Tariq :  Associate Researcher in Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC)

Dr. Akash Tariq

Associate Researcher in Global Ecology Unit (CREAF-CSIC)

Plant Ecophysiology, Plant-Soil Interaction, Plant Nutrition, Plant Biochemistry, Climate Change, Biogeochemistry, Plant and Soil Ecology, Ethnopharmacology

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akash.malik786@mails.ucas.ac.cn
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 : Associate researcher

Dr. Dolores Asensio

Associate researcher

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

loles@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Oriol Grau : Associate researcher

Dr. Oriol Grau

Associate researcher

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: ResearchGate profile

Oriol.grau@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Guille Peguero : Associate researcher

Dr. Guille Peguero

Associate researcher

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 : Associate researcher

Dr. Olga Margalef

Associate researcher

Biogeochemical aspects of phosphorus cycle.

o.margalef@creaf.uab.cat
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. Albert Gargallo : Associate researcher

Dr. Albert Gargallo

Associate researcher

Ecometabolomics

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a.gargallo@creaf.uab.cat
Prof. Ismael Hernández Valencia : Visiting scientist

Prof. Ismael Hernández Valencia

Visiting scientist

Impact of anthropic activities on biogeochemical cycles. Soil science.

Research project: Cambios en el carbono del suelopor la aforestación de sabanas con pinares.

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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) : ERC researcher

Dr. Marcos Fernández-Martínez (CREAF-CSIC)

ERC researcher

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. Stefania Mattana : Post-doc researcher

Dr. Stefania Mattana

Post-doc researcher

Soil science

s.mattana@creaf.uab.es
Dr. Marc Peaucelle : Associate researcher

Dr. Marc Peaucelle

Associate researcher

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-doctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Mónica Ladrón de Guevara (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doctoral Marie Curie fellow

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.

Research 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.

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

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s.maranon@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Gaofei Yin : Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Gaofei Yin

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Remote sensing (canopy reflectance modeling, biophysical parameter retrieval), vegetation responses and feedbacks to climate change.

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g.yin@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 : Associate Researcher

Dr. Chao Zhang

Associate Researcher

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/

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c.zhang@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Estela Romero : Post-doc

Dr. Estela Romero

Post-doc

I am an ecologist broadly interested in the effects of multiple stressors –natural or human related− on the functioning of ecosystems. I earned my degree in Environmental Sciences, and then moved to the Marine Ecology for my PhD. Much of my research interests lie at the intersection of environmental processes and human activities, and I am particularly enthusiastic about those projects that try to bridge science and resource management. I have worked in research institutions of Spain, the UK, and France, and in projects concerning terrestrial, marine and freshwater issues. My work so far has been focused on two major axes: (1) The functioning of coastal marine ecosystems, and specifically the response of plankton to changes in nutrients and turbulence; (2) The land-ocean interface, in particular the links existing between water resources, the agro−food system, and the flows of N and P to the environment. I am currently focused on characterising the N and P biogeochemical cycles in Mediterranean river basins.

Research project: Imbalance-P

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estela.romero@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Paolo Zuccarini : Post-doc

Dr. Paolo Zuccarini

Post-doc

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

Research 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
Dr. Ana María Yáñez : Post-doc

Dr. Ana María Yáñez

Post-doc

I am a post doctoral researcher with a Juan de la Cierva funding. I did my undergraduate in Environmental Science at the University of Nottingham. Then I did my master in Biogeochemical cycles and Atmospheric Sciences in Lund University, Sweden. After I did my PhD in climate and the environment at the Brazilian National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in co-supervision with the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry. Afterwards I continued as a post doctorate researcher for MPIC in the Amazon. My research was based on the interactions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within and above a central Amazonian tropical rainforest. My latest position as a Post doctoranl researcher was at Freiburg University (Germany), working in a ERC grant trying to find out how much carbon is emitted by plants through secondary plant metabolism from tropical plants.

I am interested in the interaction between forest ecosystems and the atmospheric chemistry. Forest can react very quickly to changes in environmental factors, and up to date, not all processes have been described or elucidated. As global temperatures increase and climate change exacerbates it is important to understand how forested areas will react to such changes, as the impact in atmosphere can be very large, from direct global warming via aerosol and carbon dioxide production, increase the atmospheric lifetime of pollutants, or even alter rain distribution locally. We need to provide better information for modellers, so they can constrain the processes governing the forest atmosphere interactions so better guidelines on mitigation and adaptation strategies can be suggested to policy-makers.
Research projects: VOCO and ATTO

 

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a.yanez@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Fei Lun : Post-doc

Dr. Fei Lun

Post-doc

Global and Regional P Cycle and Budget, Land Use and Climate Change, Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development.

Research project: Effects of phosphorus limitations on Life, Earth system and Society

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Dr. Mariana Teles : Associate researcher

Dr. Mariana Teles

Associate researcher

Effects of emerging contaminants, including nanoparticles, in aquatic organisms.  Stress-immune responses in aquatic organisms. Endocrine disruption in fish. Non-invasive biomarkers in fish.

mariana.teles@uab.cat
Dr. Samuli Junttila : Post-doc

Dr. Samuli Junttila

Post-doc

Dr. Junttila is studying the movement of water within trees and forests and how the changes in water content are related to tree decline and tree mortality. He mainly utilizes remote sensing methods at various spatial and temporal scales to study these phenomena.

Project names:

Capturing tree canopy water dynamics over time – from single canopies to landscape and global dynamics (CAWA)

Scan Forest Point Cloud Ecosystem – Research Infrastructure

 

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samuli.junttila@uef.fi
Dr. Mukund Palat Rao : Postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow

Dr. Mukund Palat Rao

Postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow

I am an Ecoclimatologist who researches the interactions between climate change and natural and human ecosystems. My expertise includes dendrochronology, plant ecophysiology, remote sensing, and climate science.

Research projects:

  1. Temporal dynamics of tree-growth and photosynthesis and their environmental drivers in the Lamont Sanctuary Forest Preserve
  2. Climate, human and ecosystem interactions in the face of a rapidly changing North Asian biome
  3. The fate of terrestrial forest carbon from photosynthesis to biomass under drought and climate change (TERRACARB)

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m.rao@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Joan Maspons : Post-doc

Dr. Joan Maspons

Post-doc

j.maspons@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Albert Bach (CREAF) : Post-doc

Dr. Albert Bach (CREAF)

Post-doc

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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Dr. Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC) : Post-doc

Dr. Adrià Descals (CREAF-CSIC)

Post-doc

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.

Research project: C-GLOPS1 project

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a.descals@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Xaali O’Reilly Berkeley : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Xaali O’Reilly Berkeley

Postdoctoral researcher

I use environmental and ancient DNA to study biodiversity changes on islands, as part of Dr Nogué's TIME-LINES project.
My background is in ecological genetics of tropical systems.
x.oreilly@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Roger Grau-Andrés : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Roger Grau-Andrés

Postdoctoral researcher

My research has focused on the response of plant communities and soil biota to global change factors (e.g., altered precipitation regimes, fire regimes, land use, loss of plant functional groups), and the subsequent effects on ecosystem functioning. At CREAF, I study the relationship between the elemental composition of organisms and their functional traits, and how elemental composition and its diversity may drive productivity and stability in ecosystems.

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Dr. Milagros Rodriguez-Caton : Affiliated Researcher (Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, USA)

Dr. Milagros Rodriguez-Caton

Affiliated Researcher (Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, USA)

Climate and forest ecosystems interactions at different spacio-temporal scales: from the leaf to the ecosystem, and from diel to multi-decadal time scales. I use tree rings and remote sensing tools to reconstruct the climate of the past, and to assess the impacts of climate change on ecophysiology, forest productivity and forest mortality. I work in a variety of forests from wet tropical to arid mountainous. My current study site is located in La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica.

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mrcaton@ucdavis.edu
Dr. Écio Diniz Souza : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Écio Diniz Souza

Postdoctoral researcher

My main current interests and research lines are related to functional and phylogenetic ecology, plant-plant interactions, landscape ecology, climatic niche forecasting, supervised machine learning, and applied statistics. I am also a consultant in data analysis and leader of the initiative Beta Analítica, which aims to disseminate knowledge on varied topics in data science. Further, I am a member of the ProBioDiversa (a non-profit organization engaged in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Latin America) and of the SER Europe (Society for Ecological Restoration). At CREAF, I am a postdoctoral researcher from the Elemental Diversity and Macroecology research team (EDM) supported by the ERC-STOIKOS project.

Research project: STOIKOS: Elemental ecology: towards an element-based functional ecology

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e.diniz@creaf.uab.cat
Prof. Anping Chen : Visiting scientist

Prof. Anping Chen

Visiting scientist

Anping is a broadly trained plant ecologist who studies processes ranging from fine-scale plant physiological and community dynamics to ecosystem- and global-scale fluxes of carbon and water.

He is particularly interested in ecosystem dynamics under extreme climate change and associated carbon and water cycle impacts. His research emphasizes multi-disciplinary tools (e.g., field surveys and experiments, remote sensing, statistical and process-based modeling) and the integration of multi-scale processes.

Affiliation: Colorado State University, USA.

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anping.chen@colostate.edu
Dr. Estefanía Muñoz : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Estefanía Muñoz

Postdoctoral researcher

Climate-vegetation-soil interactions and carbon sequestration by terrestrial ecosystems.

Research project: The Drought Impact on the Climate Benefit of Carbon Sequestration (DISEQ). MSCA project.

e.munoz@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Qin Wang :

Dr. Qin Wang

Qin Wang currently works at the Institute of Ecology & Forestry (SICAU) and CREAF center (UAB). Qin does research in Forest ecology and soil ecology.

Project name: Effects of gaps on the decomposition of fallen logs and attached epiphytic plant communities in subalpine forest, supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant number 31570445).

Construction of terrestrial carbon cycle parameter system and comprehensive assessment of carbon sources and sinks, supported by the National Key R&D Program of China [grant number 2017YFC0503906]

Contribution of litter carbon to soil organic carbon components and its response to seasonal snow cover changes in subalpine forest, supported by Program of Sichuan Excellent Youth Sci-Tech Foundation [grant number 2020JDJQ0052].

 

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Dr. Huijun Ye : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Huijun Ye

Postdoctoral researcher

I focus on mechanisms underlying the response of soil nitrogen transformations and fates to phosphorus addition in forests.

Research project:  Mechanisms underlying the response of soil nitrogen fates to phosphorus addition in low-subtropical plantations.

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h.ye@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Liehua Tie : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Liehua Tie

Postdoctoral researcher

Interested in the responses of litter decomposition, soil stoichiometry, and forest ecosystem biogeochemistry to global change (nitrogen deposition, sulfur deposition, and phosphorus limitation), especially in subtropical forests.

Research projects:

National Science and technology support program; ‘12th Five-year plan’ of Sichuan Province and the Sci-tech Project of the ‘12th Five-year plan’ of China

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htie@gzu.edu.cn
Dr. Kaijun Yang : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Kaijun Yang

Postdoctoral researcher

My main research topic is the ecology of VOCs emissions in the soil, biological and environmental effects. I will concentrate on the effect of biotic and abiotic factors on VOCs emissions in the soil and the interactions of biology and environment delivered by BVOCs, emphasizing the ecological significance.

Research project: Ecology of VOCs in soils: biological and environmental effects

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k.yang@creaf.uab.cat
Dr. Maria Vives Ingla : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Maria Vives Ingla

Postdoctoral researcher

mariavivesingla@gmail.com
Dr. Xin Song : Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Xin Song

Postdoctoral researcher

Soil organic carbon sequestration and management, soil phosphorus limitation under nitrogen deposition

I'm working on the dynamics of community succession, soil organic carbon, and phosphorus after revegetation in abandoned farmland of Loess Plateau, China

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Argus Pesqueda : PhD Student

Argus Pesqueda

PhD Student

My research will focus on the metabolome profile of warming soils to examine the role of evolutionary processes, shifts in plant community functioning, soil functioning and carbon and nutrient metabolism, and distinguishing short-term plasticity and long-term adaptation.

Research Project: ESR8 FutureArtic - A glimpse into the Arctic future: equipping a unique natural experiment for next-generation ecosystem research

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arpesqueda@gmail.com
Tomàs Serrano : PhD student

Tomàs Serrano

PhD student

Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Ecotoxicology. Investigation of emerging pollutants. Antibiotics as contaminants. Analysis of new pollutants. Determination of emerging contaminants in plants. Improvement of analytical methods. Determination of contaminants in soils.

Research project: Determination of emerging contaminants in plants and soils: antibiotics and pseudo hormonal compounds

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serranoserranotomas@gmail.com
Miquel Ferrín Guardiola : PhD Student

Miquel Ferrín Guardiola

PhD Student

My research focuses on the structuring effect of dispersal and selective processes across community assemblages of bacteria, fungi, trees and arthropods at local scales

Project name: Decay of similarity across diverse tropical rainforest communities: integrating spatial and nutrient distances with scales of analysis.

 

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Fernando Coello Sanz : PhD Student

Fernando Coello Sanz

PhD Student

My current research focuses on the role of different nutrient availability in plant community assembly processes.

Project name: The Role of Nutrient Availability in the Functional and Phylogenetic Diversity of Tree Communities in Tropical Rainforests.

 

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Susana Silvestre : PhD Student

Susana Silvestre

PhD Student

I study the effect that a long-term experimental drought on a Mediterranean forest and scrub. I analyse adaptations at the ecophysiological, phenological and demographic level of model species in a scenario of extreme drought.

Project: Analysis of the regional-scale ecosystem network.

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s.silvestre@creaf.uab.cat
Patrícia Campdelacreu : PhD Student

Patrícia Campdelacreu

PhD Student

The aim of my PhD thesis is to discuss the role of phosphatases in agroecosystems using scientific articles published around the world. Phosphatases are enzymes catalyzing the hydrolysis of both esters and anhydrides of phosphoric acid and its measure is important to know the mineralization of P in soil and the response of these enzyme activities to changes in environmental factors, agricultural management and pollution. Fundamentally most of the experiments use the rapid enzyme assay based on p-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP) by Tabatai and Bremmer (1969) although this method has suffered upgrades. And in parallel other methods started to use artificial substrates which are well documented. All the present enzyme assays in each method measure potential and not real enzyme activities because every assay conditions are different from those occurring in situ. In my project I want to link the assays all over the world from the beginning to the present. My objective is to try to find relationships and patterns between the phosphatase’s activity in different conditions based on, for example, fluctuations of temperature and moisture of the soil, pH and substrate concentration, shaking, soil slurry...etc.

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p.campdelacreu@creaf.uab.cat
Karen Torres : PhD Student

Karen Torres

PhD Student

Use of the geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing in the assessment of crops evolution, in face of climatic events.

Project name: Núcleo de estudio de Agricultura, Clima y Tecnología, teniendo como área de interés el Paraguay.

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Javier de la Casa Sánchez : PhD Student

Javier de la Casa Sánchez

PhD Student

The inexorable change in the stoichiometry of carbon and nitrogen relative to phosphorus and potassium, but also among other bioelements as calcium, magnesium of sulphur has no equivalent in Erath story; and yet it remains as a virtually unexplored research field with huge implications to ecosystem functioning, agriculture, food security and human health. I am joining the ELEMENTALSHIFT project to analyse the past trends in the changes of the bioelemental composition of organisms and soil.  Moreover, our objective is to assess the current scenario of elementome shifting and the possible implications it may have for the present and future food security

 

Research project: ELEMENTALSHIFT

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j.delacasa@creaf.uab.cat
Vicky Almendra Correa Seminario : PhD Student

Vicky Almendra Correa Seminario

PhD Student

Plant ecology, Botany of higher plants, Taxonomy, Ethnobotany, Biogeography.

Research projects: 

·  1). Worldwide Pollinator Operation Syngenta, Peru Chapter - Agrovision Company and RAPEL Company

·  2). In the Seedbed of research in Phanerogamic Botany, Ethnobotany, and Economic Botany at the National University of Piura, to train students to conduct research

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vicky.correa18@gmail.com
Oscar Lanuza : PhD Student

Oscar Lanuza

PhD Student

I am currently a predoctoral student at the Ph.D. in Terrestrial Ecology at the UAB and CREAF. My research aims to improve the understanding of the functioning and dynamics of tropical forests through the application of the functional approach, and focuses on the study of; 1) the intraspecific variability of the functional traits of plants and their relationship with the ecosystem service of carbon sequestration; 2) the morphological and functional responses of seedlings to disturbances (drought, fire, and herbivory) and their potential use as predictors of changes in the growth of species during seedling establishment. Recently, I have studied the restoration processes, the production, and decomposition of litter, and the dynamics of nutrients in tropical forests.

Skills and expertise: Biodiversity, Forest Ecology, Applied Ecology, Litter Decomposition

Project name: CarbonTROFONIC: Assessment of the actual and potential Carbon stock of tropical forest fragments in the protected landscape of Miraflor-Moropotente in northwest Nicaragua.

 

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OLanuza@unan.edu.ni
Eladio Rodriguez Penedo : PhD Student

Eladio Rodriguez Penedo

PhD Student

Biodiversity and Ecosystem functioning, Species interactions, Macroecology, Remote sensing, Invasion Biology, Plant Ecology

Research Project: STOIKOS: Elemental Ecology: towards an element-based functional ecology.

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e.rodriguez@creaf.uab.cat
Jiuying Pei : PhD Student

Jiuying Pei

PhD Student

Research work: Nitrogen deposition, Warming, land use type, Grazing.

The project working on Responds of soil and plant respiration to warming and Nitrogen addition on semi-arid grasslandon the Loess Plateau of China.

 

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j.pei@creaf.uab.cat
Cuiting Wang : PhD Student

Cuiting Wang

PhD Student

The carbon and nitrogen dynamics across ecosystem components can provide a new strategy for elucidating biogeochemical cycles, and have increasingly been used to assess how aboveground and belowground systems respond to global climate change. Generally, terrestrial C and N cycles are indicated by changes in C and N dynamics in plants, soil, and microorganisms through their impacts on ecosystem production and decomposition processes. There remains considerable disagreement concerning the potential effects of global changes in C and N dynamics. Interactive effects among multiple concurrent global changes can have complex and prominent effects. To gain a better understanding of how global changes influences C and N dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems, it is useful to synthesize the disparate results of individual studies. The work enables a comprehensive evaluation of the effects of global changes and can guide management decisions.

 

c.wang@creaf.uab.cat
Siyi Tan : PhD Student

Siyi Tan

PhD Student

Forest hydrology, precipitation deposition, climate change.

Research projects: Effects of seasonal changing forest canopy on dissolved organic matter in atmospheric deposition in the Mediterranean forests.

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Tansiyichina@outlook.com
Xiaojun Zou : PhD Student

Xiaojun Zou

PhD Student

Root-Exudate-Mediated Phosphorus Acquisition by Aluminium-Accumulating Plants),  he will do some work about long-term experiment under global change.

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x.zou@creaf.uab.cat
Yihe Zhang : PhD Student

Yihe Zhang

PhD Student

The area I am now focus on the relationship between biogeochemical cycle of iron and C/N cycles. During my two-year study, I have accumulated a lot of experimental experience and now I am studying about iron-mediated soil C mineralization and greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale.

Research project: Emissions and associated microbial mechanisms for CH4 and N2O mediated by Fe3+ from paddy soils.

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y.zhang@creaf.uab.cat
Shuxian Jia : PhD Student

Shuxian Jia

PhD Student

Litter decomposition, Global climate change, Carbon cycling.

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s.jia@creaf.uab.cat
Santiago Schauman : PhD Student

Santiago Schauman

PhD Student

Remote sensing of protected areas

ResearchGate profile

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santischauman@gmail.com
Cinta Sabaté Gil : PhD student

Cinta Sabaté Gil

PhD student

 

Project name: Disentangling the effect of Temperature, Photoperiod and light intensity on leaf unfolding of deciduous species.

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c.sabate@creaf.uab.cat
Jianbo Fang : PhD Student

Jianbo Fang

PhD Student

My main research contents include: 1) quantitative research on BVOC emissions (mainly terpenoids) from plants under multiple factors (nitrogen deposition and precipitation regime change) in subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests in South China; 2) the effects of N deposition and precipitation regime change on the structure and functional characteristics of leaf epiphytic and endophytic microbial community.

Research projects: 1) The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars "Microbial regulation mechanism of soil ecological process in evergreen broad-leaved forest in response to environmental changes"; 2) National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) "The role and regulation mechanism of mycorrhizal fungi in soil nitrogen transformation under N deposition and precipitation regime change in subtropical forests".

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j.fang@creaf.uab.cat
Zhaoqi Zeng : PhD Student

Zhaoqi Zeng

PhD Student

Work interest: Carbon and water cycle coupling through vegetation, biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks, climate extremes, remote sensing, surface hydrology, vegetation biogeochemistry, modeling, machine learning, and statistical methods of data analysis

Detail description: I am a doctoral researcher at Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a visiting student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona working with Prof. Peñuelas. My research is related to the coupling between global carbon and water cycle through photosynthesis. I work with data from models, remote sensing, and flux towers using machine learning and statistical methods of modeling to gain new insight on the impacts of water stress on vegetation under climate change.

 

 

 

z.zeng@creaf.uab.cat
Xiong Liu : PhD Student

Xiong Liu

PhD Student

My research interest is in plant functional traits, including leaf economic spectrum, trade-offs of plant functional traits, intraspecific and interspecific trait variation, and plant-environment interactions. Besides, I have also researched the impact of global changes (increased nitrogen deposition, changes in precipitation patterns) on soil biochemical processes. 

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ResearchGate profile

x.liu@creaf.uab.cat
Vaidehi Narsingh : PhD Student

Vaidehi Narsingh

PhD Student

Prediction of Foliar Concentration to understand the mechanism of complex ecosystem. Indeed, to draw generalizable and robust conclusions from observations, it is essential to incorporate the ecological spatial-temporal data and climate information into explainable artificial intelligence modeling frameworks. In this study, aim is to predict the European foliar concentration maps of carbon fertilization effect on vegetation photosynthesis, based on ecological spatial-temporal datasets. Therefore, we use the framework of explainable and interpretable machine learning models to discover the complex interactions within the Carbon Fertilization Effect process.

Research project: European maps for Foliar concentration in Carbon Fertilization effect.

https://www.futurearctic.be/meet-vaidehi-narsingh-esr13/

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Vaidehi.Narsingh@uantwerpen.be
Junlan Xiao : PhD Student

Junlan Xiao

PhD Student

Passionate about climate change and the potential impacts on Earth's ecosystems based on multi-source data and remote sensing, particular focus on extreme events, drought, and terrestrial carbon cycle. The interaction of water and elevated CO2 (eCO2) effect on terrestrial carbon cycle remains unclear. The indirect effect of eCO2 on plant water use was hypothesized that impacts of water limitations on vegetation growth is potentially mitigated by eCO2 effect, however, this hypothesis is under controversial due to the relationship with other nutrients like N and P. I hope to focus on the interactions of water, nutrients, and eCO2 effect on biomass.

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xiaoojl@outlook.com
Fatemeh Pordel : PhD Student

Fatemeh Pordel

PhD Student

Land surface phenology and Climate change

Research project: Effect of climate change on land surface phenology in semi-arid rangelands ecosystems in Southwest Iran.

Google Scholar profile

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F.pordel@na.iut.ac.ir
ZeJun Li : PhD Student

ZeJun Li

PhD Student

The experiment of ecosystem carbon cycle was carried out under two interference backgrounds. Three processes of carbon cycle are studied: carbon fixation, carbon decomposition and carbon storage. To explore the mechanism and influencing factors of plant biomass productivity and ecosystem decomposition function (woody decomposition) on three carbon cycle processes in fragmented plots in TIL(Ten Thousand Lands) and pine wood nematode infection plots in Suichang.

Research project: Effects of forest ecosystem functions on environmental change in fragmented landscapes and Changes of ecosystem service function in Masson pine forest after invasion of pine wood nematode.

 

 

 

z.li@creaf.uab.cat
Yue Xi : PhD Student

Yue Xi

PhD Student

My research area is mainly about atmospheric deposition and its ecological effects. The overall objective during my doctoral studies is to systematically quantify the spatio-temporal pattern and influencing factors of atmospheric acid deposition in China, and further evaluate the critical load of acid deposition to reveal its risk to soil acidification. This objective will be achieved through multi-source data integration, and combining model approaches.

Research project: Atmospheric deposition, acid deposition, ecological effects, biogeochemical cycle.

ResearchGate profile

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y.xi@creaf.uab.cat
Xiaokang Dai : PhD Student

Xiaokang Dai

PhD Student

Response of inter-root microorganisms to pathogen infestation and their mechanism of action in ecological regulation of root rot disease.

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x.dai@creaf.uab.cat
Yuan-yuan Li : PhD Student

Yuan-yuan Li

PhD Student

Mining of underground coal, Vegetation disturbance and evolution, Ecological effect, Ecological Restoration.

Project names: 

  • Mechanism of Ecological Environment Damage Caused by Coal Mining ( National Natural Science Foundation of China major project, No.52394193)
  • Impact of Ecological Restoration on Microclimate Change in Shendong Mining Area and Its Benefit Evaluation (Science and Technology Innovation Project of Shendong Coal Branch of China Shenhua Energy Co., Ltd, No.20201602)
  • Study on Standard Evaluation and Integrated Technology Application of Ecological Governance in Shendong Mining Area (Science and Technology Innovation Project of Shendong Coal Branch of China Shenhua Energy Co., Ltd, No.202016000036)

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y.li@creaf.uab.cat
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
Laura Márquez Tur : Technician

Laura Márquez Tur

Technician

Currently working as a technician, but also strongly interested in the study and conservation of biodiversity. My previous work experience mainly focuses on soil analysis and edaphic fauna, especially arthropods.

 

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l.marquez@creaf.uab.cat
Marc Díaz : Field and lab assistant

Marc Díaz

Field and lab assistant

Project: Desentrañar y aportar soluciones para mitigar y adaptarse a los cambios en los elementomas de los organismos, comunidades y ecosistemas (NUTRIARID)

Joan Rodeja : Environmental economist

Joan Rodeja

Environmental economist

Environmental economy of global environmental change, specially focused on the socioeconomic changes associated to the changes in the biolementome, food security and rewildering of nature.

Linkedin

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j.rodeja@creaf.uab.cat
Marta Ayala : Technician of ecometbaolomics

Marta Ayala

Technician of ecometbaolomics

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
Dr. Alejandro Castellanos Villegas : Profesor Investigador Universidad de Sonora

Dr. Alejandro Castellanos Villegas

Profesor Investigador Universidad de Sonora

Ecofisiología Vegetal y Funcionamiento de Ecosistemas de Zonas Áridas.

Research projects:

  • 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

Ex-MEMBERS OF THE GLOBAL ECOLOGY UNIT

Prof. Marc Estiarte

CSIC Titular Research Scientist

Dr. Zhaobin Mu

PhD Student

Yu Tan

PhD Student

Dr. Fan Yang

PhD Student

Dr. Helena Vallicrosa

PhD Student

Associate researcher

Dr. Susanna Strada

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Kevin Bórnez Mejías

PhD Student

k.bornez@creaf.uab.catm

Sandra Cobo

Technician

Dr. Michał Bogdziewicz

Visiting scientist

Dr. Aude Valade

Post-doctoral Marie Curie Fellow

Laura Blanquer

PhD student

Dr. Daniela Boanares

Associate researcher

Paula Casadei

Master student

Pere Roc Fernàndez-Garberí

Technician

Dr. Nora Bartolomé

Post-doc

Dr. Benjamin Stocker

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Luciana M. Motta

Post-doc

Dr. Bang-Xiao Zheng 

Post-doc

Dr. Ifigenia Urbina 

Post-doc

Dr. Hoonyoung Park

Visiting postdoc

 

Dr. Eder Santos

Visiting scientist

Marina Vergotti

Final Work Degree

Miriam Raluy

Master student

Luisina Carbonell

Visiting PhD student

Dr. Marta Camino

Post-doc

Dr. Adrià Barbeta

Post-doc

Dr. Lei Liu

Post-doc

Dr. Rossella Guerrieri

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Manuela Balzarolo

Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow

Dr. Albert Rivas

CREAF Research Scientist I4

a.rivas@creaf.uab.cat

 mireia_bartrons

Dr. Mireia Bartrons

GEU Associate Researcher

Associate professor at Universitat de Vic

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Dr. Ander Achotegui-Castells

Postdoc

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Anna Escolà

Technician

 Bjarni D.Sigurdsson_Dec2017_200x200

Prof. Bjarni D.Sigurdsson

Visiting scientist

bjarnisig@lbhi.is

 Carlos-Lopez-200

Carlos López

GIS Technical assistant

carlos.lopez.mari@hotmail.com

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Giulio Zangari

PhD student

Foresta nd nature conservation, ecological abalysis and environmental management

giuliozangari@hotmail.it

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Dr. José Raúl Romo León

Visiting scientist

joser2@email.arizona.edu

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Dr. Dominik Sperlich

GEU Associate Researcher

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Dr. Sue Owen

GEU Associate Researcher

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Dr. Alistair Jump

GEU Associate Researcher

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Dr. Constantí Stefanescu

CREAF Associate Researcher

 Laura-200

Dr. Laura Rico

Post-doc

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Lena Muffler

PhD student

 Marta Ayala_2016b

Marta Ayala

Master student

marta.ar1910@gmail.com

 Débora Difrancescantonio_May2018_200x200

Dr. Débora di Francescantonio

Post-doc

debodifra@gmail.com

 Brooke Mayer pic_200x200_July2017

PhD. Brooke Mayer

Visiting scientist

Mayer lab group web page

Name Position e-mail
Sara Marrafa Master student
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
Roxana Aragon Postdoc roxaragon@gmail.com