Equipo de investigación

Pimetan cuenta con un equipo científicos multidisciplinar compuesto por doctores en Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales, Química, Biología y Geología. El equipo está compuesto por investigadores e investigadoras pertenecientes a diferentes instituciones nacionales y extranjeras, entre las que se incluye el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), la Universidad de Cantabria (UNICAN), la universidad de Cádiz (UCA), El Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile), Centro de estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas (Chile), University of Tasmania (Australia), Edith Cowan University (Australia) y University of British Columbia (Canadá).

Antonio Tovar Sánchez

IP, Biogeoquímica

My research career has principally revolved around the scientific underpinnings for trace elements in the ocean. I am currently a senior scientist leading the Marine Chemistry lab at the Institute of Marine Science of Andalusia (ICMAN) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Spain. For 20 years, my scientific efforts focus on the role of trace elements (mainly metals and inorganic nutrients) in the sea (from coast to open ocean), attending their sources, fluxes, distribution and biological impact, and their sensitivity to changing environmental conditions (natural or anthropogenic). This research has always required of different multidisciplinary approaches and the development of parallel research areas such as environmental analytical chemistry, atmospheric chemistry and/or ecology.

Gabriel Navarro Almendros


My research career has principally focused in performing oceanographic field studies, applying simultaneously remote sensing to geophysical research. I am currently a tenured scientist leading the Remote Sensing Service at the Institute of Marine Science of Andalusia (ICMAN) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Spain. The main aim of this service is providing fully processed images to the Spanish oceanography community. Dr. Navarro has developed ocean color algorithm to characterize the spatio-temporal variability of natural phytoplankton assemblages in the Mediterranean basin and algorithm to detect water turbidity in coastal areas. Finally, Dr. Navarro was responsible of the real-time remote monitoring network (RTRM) to characterize the Guadalquivir estuary ecosystem, being author of two patents (PCT/ES2012/070432, P201230916).

Luis Barbero González

Drones y Divulgación

I am currently Full Professor of Geochemistry and Petrology at the Universidad de Cádiz (Spain) and Campus of International Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR). During the more than thirty years of academic career I have tried to have a comprehensive approach to geochemistry and petrology and in general throughout the university world. In this way, I have focused my last research stage within the world of isotopic geochemistry in fields such as low temperature thermochronology, U-Th disequilibrium series in continental and marine waters and environmental radioactivity. In recent years, an important part of my academic activity has focused on the use of sensors in drones for research and teaching in environmental and marine problems.


Gema Ruiz

Cinetica y modelado químico

My research activity is based on the modelling and simulation of chemical and environmental processes. Currently, I am an associate doctoral professor in the Department of Chemistry and Engineering of Processes and Resources of the University of Cantabria and part of the GER (Green Engineering and Resources) research group. In these last years, my research work has been focused on the modelling of environmental systems, studying the mobility of pollutants, mainly heavy metals, to the sea water from different matrices, such as marine sediments or sun creams, studying also their environmental implications. On the other hand, I am working on the modelling and simulation of industrial systems or subsystems, with the aim of recovering lignocellulosic waste, such as industrial waste streams rich in sugars or algae, in order to obtain biofuels and bio-products.


Francisco Baldó


My main scientific motivation is to understand the biodiversity of marine ecosystems and contribute to the sustainable management of fisheries resources. During many years, I have been involved in a long-term ecological research in the Guadalquivir estuary, which has set up a time series of monthly sampling of the aquatic communities of the estuary. In the course of this research, I have also worked in the development of theoretical individual-based models based on the high resolution individual-based food web dataset of the Guadalquivir estuary. In addition, since 2008 I have been the cruise leader of the Porcupine bottom trawl survey, which takes place every September at the Porcupine bank (West of Ireland) and a member of the ICES International Bottom Trawl Surveys Working Group (IBTSWG), which coordinates the European bottom trawling surveys in the North Sea and the North East Atlantic. Overall, I have extensive experience in oceanographic cruises (more than 50). The combination between the empirical and theoretical facets is, perhaps, the most outstanding characteristic of my career.

Javier r. Viguri Fuente

Cinética y Modelado químico

My research interests are related to the design of waste recovery processes, development and application of resource management tactics and decision making on process systems towards sustainability and circular economy: i) Characterization, control, environmental evaluation and sustainable management of industrial waste and marine sediments; ii) Strategies and practices related to knowledge management and decision-making processes in the waste area; iii) Design of processes and systems that include the integration between available flows of matter and energy, integrating aspects related to Process system engineering-Decision making tools-Resources valorization: iv) Analysis and modeling of MBBR systems.

Araceli Rodríguez Romero


My scientific career is focused on coastal and marine conservation research, with emphasis on the study of marine quality assessment, particularly on Ecotoxicology and Global Change. I graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of Cadiz (Spain) in 2006 and I received my Master Degree in Water and Coastal Management (Erasmus Mundus Master) in 2008 at the same university. I defended my PhD thesis in December 2014 working at the University of Cádiz, the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (ICMAN-CSIC) and Plymouth University (UK). At present I have a postdoctoral position "Juan de la Cierva Incorporación" at ICMAN-CSIC. Currently, my research aspiration is to achieve a synthesis between the Ecotoxicology and the Marine Evolution under Global Change scenarios, focusing in organismal multigenerational responses under the combined effects of pollutants and global change drivers such as, acidification, global warming and hypoxia. In PIMETAM, my research is focused on the assessment of toxic effects on Antarctic marine invertebrates caused by metals release from penguin colonies’ guano.

Laura Ramajo


My research career has principally focused in studying the impact of the environmental variability occurring at coastal habitats on the physiology and phenotypic plasticity of marine organisms. Currently, I am a scientific researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA), a regional center located in the northern Chile where I am studying the impacts of upwelling intensification, ocean acidification and ocean deoxygenation over species subjected to aquaculture and fishery. My research is framed in the climate change context and it is formulate to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with the impacts of climate change reducing the vulnerability and increasing the adaptive capacity of multiple society sectors.

Enrique González-Ortegón


I graduated in Biology from Seville University in 2000 and undertook my PhD in estuarine ecology at ICMAN between 2002 and 2008. I was awarded with two post-doctoral research in Bangor University (Wales) and three more in Spain at IFAPA-Toruño, IEO-Cadiz and ICMAN-CSIC where finally I got a position as distinguished researcher in 2017.

During my scientific career on aquatic ecology, I have focused my research in coastal ecology at individual, population, and community level, especially in the field of the ecology, taxonomy and biology of decapod crustaceans, population genetic and food webs. Over the past 20 years (long-term series for 20 years) I have addressed questions in estuarine ecology of marine juveniles; larval development and phenotypic relationships females-larvae; the ecology of non-native species; anthropogenic impacts in the coastal waters. My work is field-oriented combined with experimental and ecophysiological studies.

David Sánchez-Quiles


My research is primarily aimed at improving our understanding of the bioavailability and mobility of environmental organic pollutants (e.g. UV filters) and inorganic elements (trace metals and inorganic nutrients), in part by developing sensitive analytical techniques for complex matrices and heterogeneous systems. My last position was a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) as leader of the trace metal analysis group within the framework of an international project involving over 300 researchers (CIGoM consortium). As part of a multidisciplinary team (including physicists, geologists and biologists), I have participated in several projects and field campaigns in different areas of the Mediterranean Sea. As a result of my research, in the last 7 years I have published 15 research papers in Q1 journals and 2 book chapters in the volume “Sunscreens in coastal ecosystems: Occurrence, behavior, effect and risk” of the Handbook of Environmental Chemistry (Vol 698. Springer-Verlag Group).

Isabel Caballero de Frutos


Isabel Caballero de Frutos currently works as Principal Investigator of the Sen2Coast project (funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities) at the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (ICMAN) of the National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain. Her area of research is broadly focused on applying remote sensing techniques to study aquatic environments, including wetland, estuarine, inland, coastal and offshore ecosystems, to enhance understanding of marine processes and climate change impacts. Currently, she is working in the application, validation and development of optimization algorithms for the retrieval of water quality parameters as well as bathymetry using moderate to high-resolution satellites, specifically the Sentinel constellation from the EC Copernicus programme. These innovative approaches and information can improve the management of the coastal environment particularly with the assistance to support and advance operational and policy needs for water quality monitoring and Earth Observation.

David Roque Atienza

Técnico de campo

My research career has principally support the scientific projects taking samples in the field, from the intermareal systems to open ocean.

I am currently a Field Technician at the Institute of Marine Science of Andalusia (ICMAN) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Spain. During the last 15 years, I am working as a technician field in different CSIC institutes focus in the oceanographic instruments. I have the licence to dive, skipper and drone pilot. Actually I collect samples for all groups in the Institute and collaborate with others institutions.

Isabel Carribero

Técnico de laboratorio

I have studied a degree in Chemistry in the University of Cadiz (Spain) and I had practical training in France and England. For fifteen years I have been working at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).

I am currently Technician in the Marine Chemistry lab at the Institute of Marine Science of Andalusia (ICMAN). In recent years, I have participated in several projects where my activity has been focused on environmental analytical chemistry, as the chemical analysis of inorganic nutrients in aquatic environments and trace metals in marine waters, sediments and other matrices.

Erica Sparaventi


I graduated in a Master degree in Marine Biology from the Marche Polytechnic University (Italy) in 2017. My interests are in ecological issues, with an emphasis on environmental impacts due to human activities on the aquatic ecosystems. My Master's thesis was in the field of ecotoxicology, developing a new experimental approach with mussels.

Thanks to a fellowship program, I carried out an internship in the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (ICMAN-CSIC) in Cádiz, my work here continued on the ecotoxicology researches focusing on emerging pollutants, such as sunscreen, micro and nanoplastics. Currently, I have the great possibility to developing my PhD thesis in the PIMETAN project, by assess the effects of penguins’ guano on Antarctic marine organisms.

Alejandro Román

PhD Student

I graduated in Marine Sciences degree and Oceanography Master at the University of Cádiz in 2018 and 2019, respectively. My interests are fundamentally focused on understanding what happens in the marine environment from the point of view of remote observation, more specifically through the use of a new and powerful tool such as drones.

Nowadays, I am part of the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia (ICMAN-CSIC) as a PhD student, and my thesis is focused on the development of remote sensing tools (especially with drones) for the study of coastal phenomena. My contribution to the PiMetAn project includes participating in the use of sensors (multispectral, RGB and thermal) on board drones for the detection and quantification of guano excreted by penguins in the Antarctic penguin colonies.

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