viernes, 25 de octubre de 2013

DOMIPEX TEAM 13) Diego Fernández

Dear all,

My name is Diego Fernández and I'm doing a PhD at the Koblenz-Landau University in Germany. I'm studying the effect of fungicides and climate change on organic matter decomposition in stream. Previously I've worked in The Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria", wgere I've participated in several projects dealing with freshwater ecosystems. My research interest are anthropogenic stressors in freshwater ecosystems, river ecology and metabolism, river hydrogeomorphology, spatial ecological modelling, riparian forest characterization and functioning and management of fluvial ecosystems.

More information about me and my current research project is available in these websites:;jsessionid=929EFB58C92B4C22B99651796569131F?context=projekt&id=216374258&module=gepris&task=showDetail

Finally, I congratulate Ada and Núria for this interesting project. I'm glad to collaborate on it and a bit afraid of being the 13th participant ;)



lunes, 21 de octubre de 2013

DOMIPEX team 1) Celia Ruiz

Here you have the first presentation of one of the participants in DOMIPEX:

Hi!! My name is Celia Ruiz and I am doing my PhD in the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid. We are studying biogeochemical processes of the Nitrogen Cycle in freshwaters. For that, we use stable isotopes additions (15N and 13C) and trace their ways in the ecosystem (lakes and streams).

I am really interested in the ecology of the freshwaters: metabolism, trophic links and the impacts of human to these ecosystems.

More information about our work in these websites:

viernes, 18 de octubre de 2013


We are pleased to show you the initial team that will be working at the DOMIPEX project!
If you are interested we will be able to add people until the end of the month!

Group Participants and Institution
1 Celia Ruiz, Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid
2 Marisa Arce Sanchez, Universidad de Múrcia
3 Filipa Filipe and Mario Ferreira, CIBIO,(Univ. Porto);Jardim Botânico Tropical (IICT)
4 Pablo Rodríguez and Núria de Castro, Universitat de Barcelona
5 Maria Feio, Sónia Serra and Raquel Calapez, Universidade de Coimbra
6 Tamara Rodríguez Castillo, Alexia María González Ferreras and Edurne Estévez Caño, IH Universidad de Cantabria
7 Lluís Gómez Gener, Joan Pere, Txell Abril and Rafa Marcé, ICRA, Girona
8 Ibon Aristi, Lorea Flores and Maite Arroita, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
9 Pau Giménez Grau and Carlos Palacín, CEAB-CSIC, Girona
10 Marta Reyes, EAWAG, Dübendorf, Switzerland
11 Biel Obrador, Universitat de Barcelona
12 Sílvia Poblador and Anna Lupon, Universitat de Barcelona
13 Diego Fernández, University of Koblenz, Germany

We would like to thank all the participants, we'll keep you updated about them! Do not lose the track!

Ada and Núria

jueves, 17 de octubre de 2013

PhD positions at Helmholtz-Zentrum

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz community. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The Department of Hydrogeology is offering the following vacancy within the EU funded Initial Training Network project “Ecohydrological interfaces as critical hotspots for transfor-mations of ecosystem exchange fluxes and biogeochemical cycling” (INTERFACES) as of 1st February 2014:

PhD student - Early Stage Researcher (m/f)
Limited to 3 years

Subject: Development of optical sensors for measuring dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide at sediment-water interfaces

Your duties:
▪ Development, test and application of optical sensors for measuring dissolved oxygen as time-variant key parameter that controls the spatial fluctuations of aerobic/anaerobic zones at interfaces such as hyporheic and riparian zones
▪ Application of these sensors in different field conditions in collaboration wit the fellows at the partner institutes

Your profile:
▪ Master´s degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, chemistry or related subjects with a strong background in optical sensor techniques and basic knowledge in electrical engineering
▪ Knowledge in flow and solute transport in porous media
▪ excellent communication skills, capacity for teamwork, flexibility and an interest in interdisciplinary research

Marie Curie requirements for this position:
▪ The applicants should have less than 4 years full-time equivalent research experience from the award of the degree which entitles them to undertake a doctorate
▪ Applicants can be of any nationality but at the time of selection must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work or studies) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date of the fellowship

We offer:
▪ Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
▪ The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
▪ Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
▪ Excellent links with national and international research networks
▪ Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
▪ Salary, working hours and terms of employment will be in accordance with the Marie Curie rules of the European Commission (

Your application:
We look forward to receiving your full e-mail- application quoting the reference 98/2013 at

für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

Closing date for applications: 31.12.2013

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy, we therefore particularly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons are given priority where applicants are equally qualified.

Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Christian Schmidt
Tel.: 0341/235-1986

Place of work: Leipzig[ske_stl_id]=1618&coma4_data[ske_seite]=detail

jueves, 3 de octubre de 2013

IWA Watershed and River Basin Management 2014

Colgamos el anuncio de esta conferencia que nos hizo llegar Teresa Camarero. Gracias!

Call for Contributions for the 13th IWA Specialist Conference on Watershed and River Basin Management

Join experts from around the world on 9-14 September 2014 in beautiful San Francisco, California to network, explore, and discuss cutting edge issues related to sustainable watershed management, with a special focus on emerging issues related to watersheds and river basin management. Conference topics will include impacts of climate change on watershed management, delta and estuary ecosystems, water quality impacts of hydraulic fracturing, harmful algae blooms, environmental impact of large water projects, irrigated agriculture, and more.

We invite submissions of 300 word abstracts for contributed oral and poster presentations at the 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Watershed and River Basin Management. The deadline for paper submission is 15 December 2013.

Contributed oral presentations are allotted 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions, and will be placed in thematic sessions scheduled Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon. By submitting an abstract, it is expected that authors will be available during any of these time slots. Posters will be displayed during the entire conference, and authors are expected to present their posters during scheduled poster sessions.

Selected papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in IWA peer reviewed journals Water Science and Technology, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, or Water Practice and Technology.

Students planning to present at the meeting who are interested can sign up to have their presentations judged and the top presentations will be given an award.

Additional information on the conference can be found at or IWA website.

Graduate and Post-doc paleoecology positions with PalEON

We will start to post some work offers and grants. If you heard about something that might be of interest, please let us know and we'll add a post!
Here it goes the first one:

PalEON, an NSF-funded PaleoEcological Observatory Network to Assess
Terrestrial Ecosystem Models (, is looking for highly
qualified graduate and post-doc candidates interested in working with an
interdisciplinary team of statisticians, paleoecologists, ecosystem
modelers, and climate scientists. Graduate positions are available at the
University of Idaho and the University of Notre Dame. Post-doc positions
available at University of Arizona.

University of Idaho

Work at the University of Idaho focuses on understanding ecosystem change in
boreal forests of Alaska. Specifically, the successful student will utilize
paleoecology, dendrochronology, and varying modeling approaches to (1)
quantify the patterns and causes of boreal fire regime variability over the
past 2000 years, (2) quantify the impacts of climate variability on tree
growth over the past several centuries, and (3) help assimilate these data
into ecosystem models to project ecosystem response to future climate
change. Details about Dr. Higuera’s lab and graduate position can be found
at: and
Review of applications begins November 1, 2013 and the position will remain
open until a suitable candidate is found.

University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame is looking for 1-2 highly motivated PhD
students with strong ecological and quantitative skills interested in
bridging between long-term data, statistics and modeling. Projects will
fall within the PalEON general approach of validating and improving
ecosystem models through the inclusion of information from historical and
paleoecological data spanning the last 2000 years. Details about Dr.
McLachlan’s lab and applying for the positions can be found at: and
Applications are due January 5, 2014.

University of Arizona
2 Assistant Research Positions are available with Dr. Moore’s laboratory in
the School of Natural Resources.
The first position is focused on long term controls of vegetation and the
paleoecological reconstruction of the carbon cycle in the Northeast USA and
The second position will focus on ecophysiological processes controlling
carbon uptake and storage in forest ecosystems from daily, seasonal to
inter-annual timescales.
For details and to apply: