Juan Santos Echeandía

Juan Santos Echeandía


Juan Santos-Echeandía completed his PhD in the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2009, working on the biogeochemical cycle of trace metals in seawater, from the coast to open-ocean waters. After three postdocs positions: LEMAR-UBO (Brest, France), IPIMAR (Lisbon, Portugal) and Marine Research Institute (IIM-CSIC) (Vigo, Spain), he joined the Marine Pollution Group of the Spanish Oceanographic Institute in 2016. His research interests include the biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography of trace elements, including their organic speciation.

Paula Sánchez Marín


Paula Sánchez-Marín completed her PhD in the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2010, working on metal bioavailability in seawater, and after three postdoc positions: INRS-ETE (Québec, Canada), University of Aveiro (Portugal) and University of Vigo (Spain), she joined the Marine Pollution Group of the Spanish Oceanographic Institution in 2018. Her research interests include the speciation and bioavailability of metals in seawater, as well as the development of new tools for the evaluation of marine pollution, including chemical and biological monitoring.

Paula Sánchez Marín

Victoria Besada


Scientist belonging to the Marine Pollution Group of the Vigo Oceanographic Center (IEO). Doctor in Chemical Sciences. Her research work has focused mainly on the evaluation and characterization of chemical pollutants in environmental samples in the context of different research projects related to studies of the pollution of our coasts, in a national scope but within an international context. She has participated in several national and international projects related with the evaluation of environmental impact and evolution of marine discharges (Casón, Aznalcóllar, Mar Egeo or Prestige). She has represented Spain as part of various working groups and international committees related to the study of marine pollution in the fields of ICES, OSPAR or the European Commission. She has led and executed several scientific dissemination projects in order to bring marine science closer to society.

Juan Bellas


Juan Bellas is a Research Professor at OPIs, specialized in ecotoxicology and marine pollution. He has been Chief Researcher of the Marine Pollution Program of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and Coordinator of scientific activities for the implementation of the Framework Directive on Marine Strategy in Spain (2010-2018). He has participated in various committees and international working groups of the European Commission, groups of the OSPAR Commission and the International Council for the Protection of the Sea (ICES). He is currently Chairman of the ICES Working Group on Biological Effects of Contaminants (WGBEC). He is an advisor to the Ministry for Ecological Transition, and is a member of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Coastal Development, Campus do Mar. His main research lines are on the study of the biological effects of pollutants and the integrated assessment of marine pollution.

Esther Barber


I am a marine ecologist with research interests focused on phytoplankton ecology. I graduated in Marine Sciences (University of Cádiz) and obtained a Master in Global Change within the CSIC-UIMP program, developing my Master Thesis during the Malaspina Expedition 2010. Subsequently I obtained a FPI fellowship to conduct a phD research in the University of Vigo centred on the interactions within the marine microbial community and the role of the vitamin B12.

Patricia Bernárdez


Superior Specialized Technician. Oceanographer trained at the University of Vigo, IIM-CSIC and the Marine Hydrographic Institute, and a PhD in Marine Sciences from Uvigo (2007).

Dolores Pampillón


Research Assistant (C1).

Fernando Schultze Prado


Specialized Technician (A2). Specialist in I+D+i.


Claude Fortin


Claude Fortin is a professor at the Eau Terre Environnement Centre of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (a graduate university part of the University of Quebec network). Claude does research in Biogeochemistry, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Analytical Chemistry mostly linked to metal contamination of surface waters and their bioavailability to freshwater microorganisms. Current projects deal with “data-poor” metals such as those of the platinum group elements and rare earth metals.

Geraldine Sarthou


Research Director. Senior Researcher. CNRS. LEMAR (Marine Environmental Sciences Laboratory. My research focuses on the biogeochemical cycle of trace metals in the ocean. I quantify their sources, their sinks, their internal cycle, as well as their interactions with the food web. With my team, we adopt a dual approach: studies in the laboratory and in a natural environment, closely linked to biogeochemical modeling.

Juan M. Ruiz Fernández


Research Professor at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography at the Oceanographic Center of Murcia. Head of the Marine Angiosperms Group. His research focuses on studying the responses of angiosperms to stressors, both from anthropogenic and natural origin.

Coordinator responsible for the monitoring and recovery program of the Mar Menor of the IEO-CSIC and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITERD)

José A. Álvarez-Salgado


Research Professor at the Marine Research Institute (IIM-CSIC) and head of the Marine Geochemistry Laboratory. My research career has been mainly focused on marine dissolved organic matter (DOM), which is made up of myriads of compounds with half-lives ranging from minutes to tens of thousands of years. DOM plays a key role in global biogeochemical cycles and is sensitive to the warming, acidification, deoxygenation and fertilization that the oceans have been experiencing, especially since the mid-twentieth century. More recently, I have become interested too in the relationship between shellfish culture and the environment. I carry out a transdisciplinary research foresting synergy and internationalisation.