Groundwater ecology group

IMDEA Water, Spain

About us

28427253485_ab3e4f60dd.jpgSanda Iepure, PhD is leading the Groundwater Research Group at Imdea Water. Her research interest focusses on groundwater ecology and limnology, cave biology and Quaternary paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental reconstructions using non-marine fossil ostracods. Currently, she is working on groundwater ecohydrology in Mediterranean and Arctic environments, with emphasize on groundwater and groundwater dependent ecosystems (link).

27621253944_d3b6305031_bDavid Mostaza Colado, PhD Student. David graduated in Environmental Sciences (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2007/2012) and MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management (Universidad de Alcalá & Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 2013/2013). David is currently working as a Research Assistant at IMDEA Water performing his PhD thesis within the Smart-Hydro project. He use technological advances in sensors, multispectral images and telecommunications to control the quantity and quality of groundwater in agricultural landscape, as to reduce energy costs, water losses and environmental impact.

28236966895_8a339f4eafAndrea Castaño Sanchez, Research Assistant. Andrea has a degree in Biology by Complutense Universidad of Madrid (2013) and a Master in Environmental Geology (2015) at the same university. Her MSc thesis aims to use the lichens as bioindicators for the assessment of airbone contaminated with mercury in the Almadén Mining District (Sierra Morena, Spain). Andrea is currently working within REMTAVARES project and study the efects of hospital residual wastewaters on aquatic ecosystem with focus on aquatic crustaceans.

Alvaro 1Álvaro Vázquez González, Research Assistant. Álvaro has graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University Rey Juan Carlos (2009/2014). He holds a Master degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Management graduated at the University of Alcalá and Rey Juan Carlos (2015/2016). In his MSc thesis, Álvaro worked within the SMARTHYDRO project, aiming to apply the GIS tools to assess the groundwater biota communities spatial pattern from an artificial recharged aquifer within the Jarama cacthment in central Spain. Currently, Alvaro is working in the ecotoxicology field, analyzing the efects of toxical substances on ostracod crustaceans.

Postdoctoral researchers:


Tadeusz NamiotkoPhD University of Gdansk, Poland. Tadek research activity concerns studies on: a) the morphology, diversification and phylogeny of stygobitic and stygophilic Ostracoda, b) subfossil ostracods from sediments of postglacial and ancient lakes as well as the Baltic Sea as proxies for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, c) evolutionary ecology and taxonomy of ostracods from temporary waters, and d) taxonomy and biogeography of boreal/arctic and tropical non-marine ostracods. Tadek will work over 6 months on a project aiming to monitor endocrine disruptors in surface waters of central Spain using chronic toxicity ostracod tests – a search for an innovative region-specific risk assessment (Research Talent Attraction Fellowship, 2017, 6 months).

tizianaTiziana di Lorenzo, PhD Institute of Ecosystem Study, Florence, CNR Italy (October / November 2016). Tiziana is woking on ecology of Copepoda Cyclopoida and Harpacticoida (Crustacea); fine-scale and meso-scale ecological analyses of freshwater meiofauna patterns groundwater ecotoxicology, analysis of anthropic pressures and impact on groundwater ecosystem and bioenergetic bioassays. Within the academic collaborations among IMDEA Water and CNR-ISE Florence, Italy Tiziana spend 2 months in our institute working on groundwater ecotoxicology and risk assessment.

Current MsC Students: 

Ainhoa García López, MSc Student (2016-2017) Master in Research and Sciences (M153), University of Alcala

Groundwater ecology group collaborators:

Javier Lillo Ramos, Geologist, University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Francisco Carreño Conde, Geologist, GIS Expert, University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Rafaella Meffe, Hydrogeologist, IMDEA Water

Juan Antonio Pascual Aquilar, Geographer, Desertification Research Center (CIDE). Valencia, Spain

Nicolas Gouin, Biologist, Biology Department, Faculty of Science, University La Serena, Chile / Research Associate at Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas (CEAZA), Chile


Former team researchers:

Ruben Rasines Ladero, PhD, IMDEA Water / University Rey Juan Carlos (2013 – 2017)

Anna Sundbarg, Research Assistant (2015-2016)

Former MSC Students: 

Agueda Verónica Isa Miranda, MSc Student, University of Alcala (2016-2017)

Alicia Muñoz Serrano, MSc Student, University of Alcala (2015 – 2016)

Álvaro Vázquez González, MSc Student, University of Alcala (2015 – 2016)

Daniel Martínez Martín, MSc Student, University of Alcala (2015 – 2016)

Eder García Periñán, MSc Student, University of Alcala (2012 – 2013)

Marta Gonzáles de la Torre MSc Student, University of Alcala (2012 – 2013)

Ruth Fuentes Álvarez MSc Student, University of Alcala (2011 – 2012)

Former students:

Ilan Chocrón Niego (2013 – 2014)

Rosa Lorente (2013 – 2014)

Laura Éspin Cuevas (2012 – 2013)

Paulo Cassettari (2013)

Sara Rosas Cabanillas (2013)

Amelia Roman (2011 – 2012)

Carla Quispe (2011 – 2012)


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