Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

Doctoral Programme in Biodiversity and Environmental Management

Coordination

PhD. José Galián Albaladejo

Faculty of Biology

jgalian@um.es

Tel.: +34 868 88 4907

Fax: +34 868 88 3963

 

General Information

Presentation

Nowadays, the Doctoral Program in Biodiversity and Environmental Management is the result of bringing the programme into compliance with RD 99/2011, therefore integrating research lines of other doctoral programs regulated by RD 778/1998 of 20 April (Management of Water Living Resources and Aquaculture, Sustainable Use and Protection of Soils in Mediterranean Environments, Technology, Water Administration and Management and Forensic Sciences).

The Doctoral Program in Biodiversity and Environmental Management aims to train third cycle students to obtain their PhD. title, through a set of activities aimed at acquiring the skills and abilities related to quality scientific research. The programme also aims to train researchers who contribute to the continuous advance of both basic and applied science, and who impact on the composition of institutional research groups, and integrate themselves in I+D+I Departments of enterprises specialised in Production Technology as well as in companies dealing with natural resources and their transformation.

The Doctoral Program Biodiversity and Environmental Management, attached to the International School of Doctoral studies of the University of Murcia (EIDUM) counts on teachers and researchers from the following departments: Ecology and Hydrology, Zoology and Physical Anthropology, Plant Biology (Botany), Social and Health Sciences, Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Edaphology and the Center of Edaphology and Applied Biology of Segura (CEBAS-CSIC). The participation of teachers and researchers from the University of Concepción (Chile) offers opportunities for joint direction and supervision of doctoral students in a clear process of internationalization of the program and its staff.

Besides the different training components, the program includes several procedures and research lines for doctoral thesis that deepen and complement scientific aspects included in related master's studies and provide a wide range of training related to the knowledge and preservation of bio-diversity and of environment in general terms.

The research lines offered by the program are the following: 1) Biodiversity, Operation and Management of Continental Water Ecosystems; 2) Biodiversity, Natural Reserves and Global Change. Tools, Patterns and Applications; 3) Ecology and Management of Marine Ecosystems; 4) Biomonitoring of environmental contaminants: evaluation of exposure and effects; 5) Systematics, Evolution, Biogeography and Animal Preservation; 6) Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Bases and application to management and preservation; 7) Botany: Biodiversity, systematics and molecular phylogeny. Conservation management. Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems. Biodiversity and management of funga. Paleoecology and climate change. Ethnobiology. Design and Management of Agrosystems. Geobotany; 8) Soil Management, Preservation and Recovery; 9) Bioremediation of Soils and Organic Waste; 10) Sustainability of Soil-Plant Systems

Programme Guidelines

  • Research teams and lines
  • Training activities
  • Training complements
  • Access profile and admission criteria
  • Academic Committee

 

Research teams and lines

 

Research Team No. 1

    -Research line No. 1. Biodiversity, Operation and Management of Continental Water Ecosystems.

-Research line No. 2. Biodiversity, Natural Reserves and Global Change. Tools, Patterns and Applications.

    - Research line No. 3. Ecology and Management of Marine Ecosystems.

    -Research line No. 4. Biomonitoring of Environmental Pollutants: Evaluation of Exposure and Effects.

 

Research Team No. 2

  • Research line No. 5. Systematics, Evolution, Biogeography and Animal Conservation.
  • Research line No. 6. Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Bases and Application to Management and Conservation.

 

Research Team No. 3

-Research line No. 7. Botany: Biodiversity, Systematics and Molecular Phylogeny.

Conservation Management. Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems. Biodiversity and Funga Management. Paleoecology and Climate Change. Ethnobiology. Design and Management of Agrosystems. Geobotany.

 

Research Team No. 4

 

  • Research line No. 8. Soil Management, Conservation and Recovery.
  • Line of research No. 9. Bioremediation of Soils and Organic Waste.
  • Research line No. 10. Sustainability of Soil-Plant Systems.

 

Research Team No. 1

Research line No. 1. Biodiversity, Functioning and Management of Continental Aquatic Ecosystems.

The research line in Biodiversity, Functioning and Management of Continental Aquatic Ecosystems is offered by a group of teachers-researchers extensively experienced in the study of river systems and wetlands in the Mediterranean basin.

Research in this area focuses on knowledge of the structure, functioning and dynamics of Mediterranean rivers and wetlands, especially those of a saline and temporary nature, really scarce in the European context. Studies on the biodiversity of their communities, nutrient dynamics, food webs, primary and secondary production, organic matter decomposition, functional diversity, etc. are also addressed as well as studies on the impact of natural and anthropic disturbances on different processes in these media.

The extensive knowledge base acquired has been used for the implementation of applied research works to the conservation and restoration of water ecosystems (analysis and determination of the ecological status of Mediterranean rivers and wetlands in general and of the basin of river Segura in particular, by means of biological indicators, detection of priority conservation areas and gaps in the network of protected areas at different scales, using groups of organisms that are indicative of aquatic biodiversity, etc.). Other eco-hydrological studies are part of research works for the design of environmental flow regimes in rivers in the Segura basin and, more recently, studies on the assessment of services provided by aquatic ecosystems from a socio-ecological perspective.

At specie and population level, the programme offers research topics on life cycles, genetic variability, biological and physiological features, vulnerability, etc.; other studies integrate ecological, physiological and evolutionary aspects to explain the distribution patterns of these species at wide spatial scales. Other macro-ecological studies are integrated in research works aiming to analyze the origin of the Mediterranean aquatic fauna, in particular the origin of some groups of insects of hyper-diverse character, and its sensitivity to the global change.

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Arce Sánchez, María Isabel

Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries IGB

 

PhD. García Arostegui, José Luis

Position: Associate lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department of Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Prospecting and Mining Research.

 

PhD. Gómez Cerezo, Rosa

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Millán Sánchez, Andrés

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Oliva Paterna, Francisco José

Position: Contracted PhD. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Suárez Alonso, María Luisa

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Velasco García, Josefa

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Vidal-Abarca Gutiérrez, Mª Rosario

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Aguayo Arias, Mauritius

Position: Academic University Assistant Lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción / Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

PhD. Figueroa Jara, Juan Ricardo

Position: Academic University Assistant lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción / Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

PhD. Habit Conejero, Evelin Mariana

Position: University Associate lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción / Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

PhD. Parra Barrientos, Oscar Orlando.

Position: Full University Lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción/ Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

PhD. Urrutia Pérez, Roberto Enrique

Position: University Associate Lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción / Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

Research line No. 2. Biodiversity, Natural Reserves and Global Change. Tools, Patterns and Applications.

Southeastern Spain is a key area for assessing the climate change effects on Mediterranean biodiversity, as it represents an ecotone between the Mediterranean biome and the subtropical shrublands in arid zones. This line of research analyzes the suitability of the habitat of different flora and fauna species in the arid and semi - arid ecosystems of the Iberian Southeast in climatic change scenarios. This is a line developed with the collaboration of the climate change group of Earth Physics at the University of Murcia.

Experiments and assemblages made on regional models of climate change are used to feed models of habitat suitability of Iberian African species, both woody flora (belonging to genus Periploca, Maytenus, Chamaerops, Juniperus, Tetraclinis) and vertebrates: Birds (Oenanthe leucura), reptiles (Testudo graeca), etc. Based on the generated potential distribution patterns, we also evaluate the suitability of the current network of protected areas to preserve their habitat from the perspective of climate change.

The line is supplemented by specific demographic studies and experiments, taking advantage of the fast response capacity of some of the target taxons, and using the historical reforestations implemented with some of the forest species considered (ie. Tetraclinis articulata) as unintended experiments. These historical reforestations can play an essential role for the future extension of species through short range dispersion mechanisms, providing an excellent opportunity to monitor and evaluate the current response to climate change and to validate potential distribution patterns as well as expected changes in potential habitat under different scenarios.

The studies of valuation and economic evaluation of assets and environmental impacts, using environmental and/or ecological economy techniques, act as an instrumental wrapping that supports decision making in the management of natural resources and spaces.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Calvo Sendín, Francisco José

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Esteve Selma, Miguel Ángel

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Palazón Ferrando, José Antonio

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Robledano Aymerich, Francisco

Position: University contracted Doctor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Jiménez Guerrero, Pedro

Position: Ramón y Cajal university researcher. Institute: University of Murcia

Department: Physics

 

PhD. Montávez Gómez, Juan Pedro

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Physics

 

PhD. Martínez Paz, José Miguel

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Applied Economics

 

PhD. Aguayo Arias, Mauritius

Position: Academic University Assistant. Institution: University of Concepción Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

PhD. Urrutia Pérez, Roberto Enrique

Position: Associate university lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción. Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

Research line No. 3. Ecology and Management of Marine Ecosystems.

The research line "Ecology and Management of Marine Ecosystems" focuses on two major topics: ecological study and management of coastal lagoons and marine protected areas.

The coastal lagoons are systems of great productive and landscape value and, therefore, they foster a great number of activities and generate an important economic wealth. But these same reasons have turned them into enclaves that undergo a great use pressure. Among others, the problem of eutrophication of coastal areas, as a consequence of the entry of nutrients from agriculture, aquaculture or urban occupation, is especially important in these ecosystems, which, due to their low depth, low water renewal rate, etc., are more vulnerable to these inputs.

Among these environments, the Mar Menor coastal lagoon warrants particular attention. It is one of the largest lagoons in the Mediterranean. It is protected by the European NATURA 2000 network as LIC (Area of Community Importance), ZEPA (Area of Special Protection of Birds), and Protected Area of ​​Special Importance for the Mediterranean -SPAMIs- according to the Barcelona Convention, which is included in the RAMSAR agreement. It is also an emblematic ecosystem for the Region of Murcia, where it is located.

The line of research includes the study of lagoon ecosystems in general, and the Mar Menor in particular, their dynamics, and the interactions that human activities cause.

On the other hand, the decline of fish stocks and the increasing use pressure and use of resources undergone by coastal zones demand viable and efficient management measures. The protection of sea areas, either in a more restrictive way or making it congruent with traditional or regulated activities, allows benefits that can lead to an increasing wealth, biomass and size of exploited species. Protection is also expected to have positive effects in maintaining diversity, in the ecosystems functioning and the harmonization of human uses. Presently, the establishment of new reserves and reservation networks at significant scales counts on a wide scientific and political support, as well as that of sectors that can result benefited, such as fishing or tourism.

In this sense, the most important research purposes are to verify the effects of protecting coastal marine areas on the structure of biological communities and the possible export of fish-exploitable biomass, as well as to determine the social and environmental value of protecting coastal zones in the framework of its compatibility with human activities.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. García Charton, José Antonio

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Marcos Diego, Concepción

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Marín Atucha, Arnaldo Aitor. Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

PhD. Pérez Ruzafa, Ángel

Position: Professor. University/

Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Ecology and Hydrology. Field of ​​knowledge: Ecology

 

Research line No. 4. Biomonitoring of Environmental Pollutants: Evaluation of Exposure and Effects.

 

This line of research focuses on the use of sentinel species that can be used to obtain information and to increase awareness of the risks to species and populations associated with the presence of chemicals in the environment. The main compounds on which the studies focus are persistent, bio-accumulative and.or bio-magnifiable contaminants, although in recent years special attention has been paid to the drugs, cosmetics, hormones and fragrances present in aquatic ecosystems. To a large extent, the selected species are wildlife species located at the top of the trophic chain as they provide more complete field information on the hazards of bioaccumulation and bio-magnification. A relevant part of our research line searches for the most suitable species to be considered as good bio-monitors; And the search for less invasive sampling systems, which are not very harmful and allow for the maximum possible information on exposure to contaminants. An important part of the studies also focuses on the search for new biomarkers of exposure to contaminants and its effect, as well as the application of already known biomarkers to other species. The research on the effects of complex mixtures is the last study line being developed within our research line.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

 

PhD. García Fernández, Antonio Juán. Position: Professor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Social and Health Sciences. Field of ​​knowledge: Toxicology

 

PhD. María Mojica, Pedro

Position: Associate lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Health and Social Sciences. Field of ​​knowledge: Toxicology

 

PhD. Martínez López, Emma

Position: Contracted Doctor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Health and Social Sciences. Field of ​​knowledge: Toxicology

 

PhD. Peñalver García, José

Position: Associate lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Health and Social Sciences. Field of ​​knowledge: Toxicology

 

PhD. Romero García, Diego

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Health and Social Sciences. Field of ​​knowledge: Toxicology

 

PhD. Barra Ríos, Ricardo

Position: Full university lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción / Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

PhD. Urrutia Pérez, Roberto Enrique

Position: Associate university lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción / Center for Environmental Sciences EULA-Chile

 

Research Team No. 2

Research line No. 5. Systematics, Evolution, Biogeography and Animal Conservation.

The line includes studies on:

    - Animal Systematics

    - Animal evolution

    - Animal Genetics

    - Genetics of Animal Species Populations

    - Taxonomy, Biogeography and Ecology of Coleoptera

    - Taxonomy, Biogeography and Ecology of Lepidoptera

    - Cytotaxonomy and Molecular Cytogenetics

    - Molecular Systematics, ADN, Sequencing

    - Phylogenetic and phylogeographic analysis of animals with conservationist interest

    - Beekeeping

   - Diptera Disease Transmitters: Animal Parasitology, Epidemiology

   - Biology of Vector Diptera for Leishmaniasis

   - Biology of Forensic Interest Necrophagous Diptera

   - Evaluation of Entomological Samples Obtained on Human Corpses and Elaboration of Expert Reports

   - Development of Vital Cycles of Necrophagous Diptera in Wild and Laboratory Conditions and their Application for the Calculation of Postmortem Intervals

    - Application of Molecular Techniques to Forensic Entomology

   - Aquaculture and Aquatic Animal Biology: Animal Behavior, Invertebrates, Marine Zoology

    - Installation of Large Aquariums

   -  Maintenance and Breeding of Fish Stocks for Aquariums

   - Bio-antropological Characterization of Past Populations: Bone and Dental Morphometry, Analysis of Discrete Traits, Paleopathologies

    - Analysis of Human Paleodiets with Stable Isotopes

    - Analysis of Population Paleomigrations with Stable Isotopes

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. De la Rúa Tarín, María Pilar

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology (Area of ​​Animal Biology)

 

PhD. Galian Albaladejo, José

Position: Professor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology (Area of ​​Animal Biology)

 

PhD. Martínez Ortega, Ezequiel

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Muñoz Gabaldón, Irene

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship of Foundation Séneca at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragançca

 

PhD. Ortiz Cervantes, Antonio Salvador

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology (Area of ​​Animal Biology)

 

PhD. Romera Lozano, Elena

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Serrano Marino, José

Position: Professor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology (Area of ​​Animal Biology)

 

PhD. Zapata Crespo, Josefina

Position: Contracted Doctor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Physical Anthropology

 

PhD. Hernández Ullo, Cristian

Position: Associate university lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción de Chile

 

PhD. Ortiz Zapata, Juan Carlos

Position: Full Univesity lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción de Chile

 

PhD. Parra Jiménez, Luis

Position: Associate university lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción de Chile

 

PhD. Victoriano Sepúlveda, Pedro

Position: Associate university lecturer. Institution: University of Concepción de Chile

 

Research line No. 6. Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Bases and Application to Management and Conservation.

This research line gathers a multidisciplinary research team working on the following topics:

 

  • Animal Biology
  • Taxonomy and Animal Systematics
  • Animal Biogeography
  • Insects Behavior
  • Study of Vectors in Urban Environments and Livestock Explotations
  • Identification of Animal Species
  • Agroecosystems
  • Multidisciplinary Studies on Environmental Impact
  • Wildlife Management and Conservation
  • Study of Harmful Animal Species and Species with Commercial Interest
  • Study of Beneficial or Endangered Animal Species
  • Fauna Cataloging and Phylogenetic Studies
  • Plagues in Domestic Environments and Stored Products. Information and Expert reports
  • Pest control
  • Study of Immature Insect States
  • Entomology
  • Applied Entomology
  • Urban Entomology
  • Entomology of Stored Products
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Medical-Legal Entomology
  • Entomology of Singular Environments
  • Elaboration of Expert Reports in Relation to Entomological Material
  • Development of Life Cycles of Necrophagous Dipterans in Natural and Laboratory Conditions and their Application to the Postmortem Interval Calculation (ADD, ADH)
  • Application of Calculation Molecular Techniques to Forensic Entomology
  • Biology of Orthoptera (Insecta)
  • Biology and Systematics of Coleoptera (Insecta)
  • Biology and Systematics of Strepsiptera (Insecta)
  • Systematics and Reproductive Morphology of Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera (Insecta)
  • Evidence Microscopy and Insecticides of Forensic Importance
  • Bioacoustics of Insects
  • Morphological Diversity and Regional Biogeography in Fish and Amphibians. - Population Biology and Life Strategy Studies in Fishes of Epicontinental Systems (mainly in estuarine environments, coastal lagoons and Mediterranean rivers).
  • Diversity and its Relationship with the Habitat of Epicontinental Fish Populations and Communities.
  • Evaluation of Impacts on Epicontinental Fish Populations and Communities. Diversity, Phenology and Habitat Selection in Amphibians.
  • Assessment of Impacts on Amphibian Populations.
  • Establishment of Priorities for the Management and Conservation of Threatened Species.
  • Establishment of Priorities in the Management of Exotic Species.
  • Applied Microscopy
  • Forensic Evidence Microscopy
  • Ultrastructural Studies of Insect Reproductive Morphology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleoeconomics and Paleoecology
  • Paleontology and Taphonomy
  • Paleopathology
  • Prehistoric Population of the Southeast

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Arnaldos Sanabria, María Isabel

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Clemente Espinosa, Eulalia

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Collantes Alcaraz, Francisco

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Delgado Iniesta, Juan Antonio

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. García García, María Dolores

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Oliva Paterna, Francisco José

Position: Contracted Doctor. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Presa Asensio, Juan José

Position: Professor. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Torralva Forero, María del Mar

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Ubero Pascal, Nicolás

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Zoology

 

PhD. Jhon Walker, Michael

Position: Emeritus Professor. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Field of ​​knowledge: Physical Anthropology

 

Research team No. 3.

Research line No. 7. Botany: Biodiversity, Molecular Systematics and Phylogeny. Management of Conservation. Water and Earth Systems. Biodiversity and Management of Funga. Paleoecology and Climate Change. Ethnobiology. Design and Management of Agrosystems. Geobotany.

This line of research approaches the biodiversity and the environmental management of vegetal communities from an integral perspective. Its different research groups have a wealth of experience in the study of the various aspects of the problem and have been and continue to be involved, together with different national administrations, in the elaboration of tools and proposals that allow to maintain the environmental quality and to preserve the biodiversity of the different ecosystems, as well as to know the changes undergone by vegetation in the past, and to predict alterations caused by the current scenario of climate change.

 

All members of the line have extensively researched on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, of all traditional plant groups, from algae (including cyanobacteria) and fungi to bryophytes and spermatophytes, from systematically- Taxonomic, phylogenetic, geobotanical, ethnobiological or paleoecological, involving the use of ecological field, microscopic (optical and electronic), biochemical, genetic and statistical approaches, among others.

 

Although much of the line's research activity develops in the Mediterranean, in arid and semi-arid areas, it also participates in projects in different climatic zones, both in the Iberian peninsula and in the European continents and others. The programme keeps fluent relationships with all Spanish research groups, collaborating in diverse projects of national scale, and with many foreign groups of several continents that participate in joint projects or with which they maintain relations in particular research topics.

Teachers-Researchers:

 

PhD. Aboal Sanjurjo, Marina

Position: Professor. University.Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Alcaraz Ariza, Francisco José

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Cano Bernabe, María Jesús

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Carrión García, José Sebastian

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Egea Fernández, José María

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Fernández Jiménez, Santiago

Position: Contracted lecturer. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Gallego Morales, María Teresa

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Guerra Montes, Juan

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Jiménez Fernández, Juan Antonio

Position: Researcher Ramón y Cajal Contractor University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Jiménez Martínez, Juan Francisco

Position: Contracted lecturer. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Morte Gómez, Asunción

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

PhD. Rivera Nuñez, Diego

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Ros Espin, Rosa María

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Sánchez Gómez, Pedro.

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Torrente Paños, Pilar.

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

 

PhD. Werner, Olaf.

Position: Higher Technician University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Plant Biology. Field of ​​knowledge: Botany

Research Team No. 4.

Research line No. 8. Soil Management, Conservation and Recovery.

Increased pressure on soils, mainly as a result of increasing human activity and need for food as well as resulting of current climate change trends, is leading to a significant increase in Soil degradation. This loss of soil quality, understood as a qualitative and quantitative reduction of the potential capacity to perform its functions, poses a serious threat to sustainable development on our planet.

 

The group of scientists of the CEBAS-CSIC and the University of Murcia approaches this line of research from different perspectives:

Causes and processes of soil degradation. The following specific research lines are developed:

  • Loss of organic matter
  • Loss of microbiological activity
  • Effects of forest fire
  • Physical degradation (compaction, sealing)
  • Chemical pollution by heavy metals
  • Soil erosion or salinization and alkalinization
  • Development of evolution patterns in soil processes. Soil features in different environmental, use and management conditions.

Measurement of soil degradation. The following thematic lines are addressed:

  • Development of new quality and soil degradation indicators
  • Methods and techniques for degradation assessment: use of  patterns
  • Spatial information systems of soil degradation
  • Digital mapping of soil degradation
  • Assessment of degradation risks
  • Impact of soil degradation on fertility and nutrient cycling

 

Soil recovery and conservation. Including the following thematic lines:

  • Use and management practices that maintain or improve the quality of soil
  • Management of organic carbon in soil: organic amendments
  • Biotechnologies of soil rehabilitation (Bioremediation, phytoremediation)
  • Contaminated soil recovery techniques
  • Recovery or protection of saline soils
  • Replanting of degraded areas
  • Erosion control strategies
  • Management of plant cover in semi-arid ecosystems

 

Soil management in the global context. The topics proposed are the following:

  • Soils and global change: effects of climate change and of use changes on soil quality and productivity.
  • Impact of global and climate change on semi-arid ecosystems services.
  • Study of synergies between global change, desertification and biodiversity decline
  • Impact of global change on hydrological processes and the biogeochemical carbon cycle
  • Atmospheric carbon sequestration in soil.
  • Evaluation of plant communities’ response to the global change in semi-arid ecosystems
  • Stable isotopes ecology: isotopic studies to determine water and nutrients in semi-arid ecosystems.
  • Desertification and sustainability of arid and semi-arid ecosystems
  • Genesis, classification and soil mapping
  • Soil evaluation for different uses
  • Soil in spatial planning
  • Edafodiversity and biodiversity

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Albaladejo Montoro, Juan

Position: Research Lecturer. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: Soil Science

 

PhD. Alguacil García, María del Mar

Position: Felowship Ramon y Cajal. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

 

PhD. Boix Fayos, Carolina

Position: Scientific lecturer. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: Earth Sciences

 

PhD. Contreras López, Sergio

Position: He develops his activity in the Consulting and Research Company Future Water.

 

PhD. Delgado Iniesta, María Josefa

Position: University lecturer. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Soil Science. Field of ​​knowledge: edaphology

 

PhD. Díaz Pereira, Elvira.

 Position: Scientific University Lecturer. Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: 240 Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

 

PhD. González Barbera, Gonzalo

Position: Contracted lecturer. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: Plant Ecology

 

PhD. Hernández Bastida, Joaquín

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Soil Science. Field of ​​knowledge: edaphology

 

PhD. Marín Sanleandro, Purificación

Position: University lecturer. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Soil Science. Field of knowledge: edaphology

 

PhD. Martínez-Mena García, María

Position: Scientific Researcher. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of knowledge: Soil Science

 

PhD. Ortiz Silla, Roque

Position: Professor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Edaphology. Field of knowledge: Soil Science

 

PhD. Querejeta Mercader, José Ignacio

Position: Senior Scientist. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of knowledge: Plant Ecology

PhD. Sánchez Navarro, Antonio

Position: Contracted Doctor. University/Institution: University of Murcia. Department: Agricultural Chemistry, Geology and Soil Science. Field of knowledge: Edaphology.

 

Research line No. 9. Bioremediation of Soils and Organic Waste.

All the lines currently being developed by this Research Group share two features: on the one hand, they are integrated in the field of soil protection, and therefore in its conservation and sustainability; on the other hand, we work on everything related to organic waste and its recycling in the soil, once stabilized as quality organic amendments. The Group has combined these two aspects, getting to build the binomial soil-organic matter and performing basic and applied quality research.

  • Development of strategies to improve our knowledge on the mechanisms that govern soil degradation and recovery processes in semi-arid conditions, and therefore, on their quality and functionality. Soil enzymology has been a very good and useful tool for determining bio-indicators sensitive to the aforementioned processes at the ecosystem level.

 

  • Use of organic amendments derived from organic waste of urban, agricultural or animal origin as a strategy to fight soil degradation processes, setting carbon and contributing to a decrease in the greenhouse effect. Processes to stabilize organic waste (composting) and its environmental problems are included in this line

 

  • Compost Valorization for Agriculturaluse: improvement of its biopesticidal and biostimulating effect, possibilities for new crops.

 

The CEBAS-CSIC Group that develops these research lines has stood out for the quality and quantity of its publications. This fact is easily verified both globally (see the search results within the ISI Web of Science of the researchers that make it up with entries in the field of Enzymes and Soil, Waste and Soil, or Organic Matter and Soil), and of course, at the national level, where the researchers of the group occupy hight positions.

 

Visiting teachers/researchers

 

PhD. Bastida López, Felipe

University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: AgriculturalScience

 

PhD. Cayuela García, Mari Luz

University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: AgriculturalScience

 

PhD. García Izquierdo, Carlos

University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: AgriculturalScience-

 

PhD. Hernández Fernández, María Teresa

University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: AgriculturalScience

 

PhD. Moreno Ortego, José Luis

University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: AgriculturalScience

 

PhD. Pascual Valero, José Antonio

University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: Agricultural Sciences

 

PhD. Roig García-Ferrández, Asunción

Position: Scientific Researcher. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: Agricultural Sciences

 

PhD. Ros Muñoz, Margarita

Position: Scientific Researcher. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: Agricultural Sciences

PhD. Sánchez Monedero, Miguel Ángel

Position: Full Scientist. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and water conservation and organic waste management. Field of ​​knowledge: AgriculturalSciences

 

Research line No. 10. Sustainability of Soil-Plant Systems.

The group of scientists from CEBAS-CSIC develops this line of research into three key thematic areas:

  • Phyto-remediation of contaminated soils
  • Recycling of organic waste in agroforestry systems
  • Mycorrhizal funga and microorganisms

The group focuses on multidisciplinary research on the soil-plant system. It develops conservation technologies, soil recovery and composting for organic waste recycling. To this end, studies are carried out on the preparation and evaluation of fertilizers that are rich in humid organic matter, through the co-composting of wastes and by-products, both agro-industrial and livestock, as well as of other organic and mineral materials. Organic amendments are developed to improve soil features that, combined with mycorrhizal funga and other growth-promoting microorganisms, improve soil fertility and plant survival in degraded areas. Mycorrhizal funga, together with other growth-promoting microorganisms, are the subject of ecological studies focusing on the effects of anthropic management on biodiversity, both in degraded areas and in Agriculturalsystems, as well as application studies in ecological agriculture. Phytoremediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals by the use of plants capable of accumulating or excluding metals which, combined with the application of organic amendments, allows the regeneration of contaminated soils in arid or semi-arid areas.

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Bernal Calderón, María Pilar.

Position: Research lecturer. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: 240 Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

PhD. Caravaca Ballester, Fuensanta.

Position: Full Scientist. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: 240 Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

PhD. Clemente Carrillo, Rafael.

Position: Contracted Ramon y Cajal. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

PhD. Roldán Garrigós, Antonio.

Position: Scientific Researcher. University/Institution: CEBAS-CSIC. Department: Soil and Water Conservation and Organic Waste Management. Field of ​​knowledge: Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry

 

Training activities

 

ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF DOCTORAL STUDIES. UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA.

- LABORATORY SAFETY FOR DOCTORATES

Type: Optional

- ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. CODES OF GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRACTICES

Type: Optional

- DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS OF DATA ANALYSIS

Type: Optional

- ELECTRONIC RESOURCES. BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGERS

Type: Optional

- RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: HEALTH SCIENCES

Type: Optional

- SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION: WRITING AND PUBLICATION OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES. PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESULTS

Type: Optional

-LANGUAGES FOR SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION: ENGLISH APPLIED TO HEALTH SCIENCES

Type: Optional

Number of Hours: 50

-DISCLOSURE OF SCIENCE

Type: Optional

Number of Hours: 10

-EVALUATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Type: Optional

Number of Hours: 10

-ELABORATION AND FOLLOW-UP OF RESEARCH PROJECTS

Type: Optional

Number of Hours: 12

-TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION

Type: Optional

Number of Hours: 10

-DOCTORAL SESSIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA (CAMPUS MARE NOSTRUM)

Type: Optional

Number of Hours: 25

 

THE PROGRAMME SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

-RESEARCH SEMINAR

Type: Mandatory

 

- CONFERENCES

Type: Mandatory

 

- PRESENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

Type: Mandatory

 

- ATTENDANCE TO A NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PRESENTATION OF PAPER

Type: Mandatory

 

- PRESENTATION OF OWN RESULTS. CENTER / DEPARTMENT

Type: Mandatory

 

- ASSISTANCE TO AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PRESENTATION OF PAPER.

Type: Mandatory

 

- SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE

Type: Mandatory

 

- PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF RESULTS

Type: Optional

 

- MOBILITY STAY

Type: Optional

 

Complementary Training

Definitively, the recommended admission profile includes university graduates with academic and scientific curricula related to the scope of knowledge of the Doctoral Program Biodiversity and Environmental Management (Biology, Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Pharmacy, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Veterinary, Agro-environmental Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Forestry Engineering, Geological Engineering, Chemical Engineering...).

These graduates will usually be in possession of a Master's degree (requirement to access the Doctoral Programme) according to those access profiles and the scope of knowledge of the doctoral program.

Students must attend complementary training only when they have not a Master's degree related to Biology, Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Pharmacy, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Veterinary, Agro-environmental Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Forestry Engineering, Geological Engineering or Chemical Engineering.

Complementary training will never exceed a 18 ECTS working load.

The Academic Commission will establish the necessary training complements each particular student must complete simultaneously to his/her doctoral studies. This complementary training will consist of specific subjects from the following masters’ programmes: Management of Diversity in Mediterranean Environments, Management of Living Aquatic Resources and Aquaculture, Sustainable Use and Soil Protection, Technology. Water Administration and Management, Forensic Science, Ecopatology of Wildlife and its Implications in Animal Health and Public Health or, exceptionally, other masters’ offered by the University of Murcia. Please consult these masters’ contents on the following sites:

 Alphabetical list of Masters’ programmes on:

 http://www.um.es/web/vic-estudios/perfil/international/masters

Masters’ programmes listed by faculty: http://www.um.es/web/vic-estudios/perfil/international/masters-faculty

The achievement of the complementary training credits assigned by the Academic Commission to each student will be an essential requirement for the approval of his/her thesis project.

 

Access Profile and Admission Criteria

Access requirements

Article 7 of Rector's Resolution 42/2012, dated February 6, ordering the publication of the Doctorate Regulation of the University of Murcia, establishes the requirements to access a doctoral program:

1. In accordance with what established in article 6 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, in general, in order to access an official doctoral program, the student will be required to be in possession of the official Spanish Bacherlor’s and Master’s degrees, or equivalent.

2. In addition, students who are in any of the following cases may also access:

a. Have an official Spanish university degree, or of another country belonging to the European Higher Education Area, giving access to a Master’s programme and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS of official university studies, of which, at least 60, must be at Master's level.

b. Have an official Spanish Graduate Diploma consisting of at least 300 ECTS, as established by the EU law. These graduates must compulsorily complete the training supplements referred to in article 7.2 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, unless the syllabus of the corresponding degree includes credits in research training that are equivalent in training value to research credits in master's programmes.

c. University graduates who, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding test to access specialised health training, have successfully passed at least a two years training in a programme to obtain the official title of one of the specialties in Health Sciences.

d. Have a diploma obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems –no need to have it officially recognised, after the General Doctorate Committee has verified that this certificate accredits a training level equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master's degree and giving access to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. This admission does not imply, in any case, nor the official recognition of student’s previous degrees nor its recognition for purposes others than accessing doctoral education.

e. To be in the possession of another Spanish title of doctor obtained according to previous university regulations and related to the areas of Health Sciences, Experimental Sciences and Enginneering.

Admission profile

The recommended admission profile is university graduates with academic and scientific curricula related to the scope of knowledge of the Doctoral Program Biodiversity and Environmental Management (Biology, Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Pharmacy, Geography, Geology, Chemistry, Veterinary, Agro-environmental Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Forestry Engineering, Geological Engineering, Chemical Engineering...).

Admission Criteria

The academic committee of the Doctoral Program will be in charge of carrying out the selection using the following criteria:

  • Academic records (70%)
  • Professional and research experience (15%)
  • Capacity for analysis, attitude and motivation to carry out their Doctoral Thesis evaluated through personal interview (15%)

 

It is understood that the basic criterion for our student selection must be the academic one (adequacy of the academic background to the studies to be carried out and performance, as expressed in the academic transcript of records), because, on the one hand, it is an objective criterion, and on the other, it is the criterion that best guarantees that the students have the required knowledge and capacities to take with academic achievement and success the doctoral studies. However, in the event that it is necessary to select students among those who meet the academic requirements, personal interviews with the applicants to assess aspects such as personal maturity, motivation, initiative or team work capacity.

 

No additional training is required for access to the Doctorate Program Biodiversity and Environmental Management. However, when the applicants do not hold a Master's degree related to the scope of knowledge of the doctoral program, the Academic Commission will establish the training activities that students should carry out in each case.

The final admission is the responsibility of the International School of Doctorate of the University of Murcia (EIDUM) to which the Program is attached.

The lists of admitted in the doctoral program will be published in the Official Plank of the University of Murcia (TOUM) and in the means that are established by resolution of the rector.

It will be applicable to the admission procedure established in the regulations and admission and registration instructions at the University of Murcia that is approved for each academic year.

In the case of students with special educational needs deriving from disability, the system and procedure of selection and admission will include adequate support and counseling services, which will evaluate the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

In any case, the student must be previously accepted by a professor of a research line included in this Program as director or tutor of his thesis work, which will value his previous training. To this end, the director or tutor will pay special attention to the knowledge previously acquired by the candidate in the disciplines directly related to the Doctorate Program Biodiversity and Environmental Management.

Part-time students will follow the same guidelines for admission as for other students.

Number of places offered: 30

 

Academic Committee

Composition of the Academic Committee:

PhD. Concepción Marcos Diego

PhD. Pilar Torrente Baños

PhD. Rosa Gómez Cerezo

PhD. Marina Aboal Sanjurjo

PhD. María Dolores García García

PhD. José Galián Albaladejo (Coordinator)

Alternate Members:

    PhD. María Isabel Arnaldos Sanabria

    PhD.. María Pilar de la Rúa Tarín

Representative of the International School of Doctoral Studies of the University of Murcia:

    PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Gómez