Profesora Titular de la Universidad de Cantabria en el área de Tecnologías del Medio Ambiente. Ha sido Directora de los cursos de verano de Medio Ambiente de la Universidad de Cantabria (2001 a 2007) y Directora del Centro de Investigación del Medio Ambiente (CIMA), organismo autónomo de la Comunidad Autónoma de Cantabria durante el periodo 2008 a 2011, cuya misión es desarrollar labores de investigación y análisis del medio ambiente y facilitar el acceso a la información y los cauces de participación pública necesarios para alcanzar un modelo de desarrollo sostenible en Cantabria.

En la actualidad está adscrita, desde el año 2011, al Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental de la Universidad de Cantabria, como investigadora y responsable del Laboratorio de Hidrobiología, el cual, bajo su responsabilidad, ha obtenido la acreditación ENAC (Entidad Nacional de Acreditación) en la norma UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, en ensayos medioambientales y toma de muestras de agua de mar y continental (nº 111/LE2148).

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Barbara Ondiviela has a degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a PhD from the University of Cantabria.

She is a researcher at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria" specialized in marine ecology and environmental management of aquatic systems. She obtained her doctoral degree with a methodological standard for the management of coastal waters in port areas. This standard, included in the Spanish Standardization of Maritime Works (as ROM 5.1) and considered in the Spanish regulations for the planning process of the Water Framework Directive, has been implemented in six Spanish ports (Biscay Gulf, Atlantic and Mediterranean). She made her postdoctoral training at the University of Cantabria (Postdoctoral Program) and in the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole-Massachusetts (Mobility Program "José Castillejo" Ministry of Education and Science). Currently, her teaching activity is linked to the Graduate Program of Environmental Management of Water Systems (UC).


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Beatriz (Bea) has a PhD in Marine Science and Technology from the Cantabria University. Her thesis titled "Effects of coastal sanitation system discharges on Cantabria marine ecosystems (Bay of Biscay)" was awarded a prize by the  Government of Cantabria in 2007.

Bea has done part of her postdoctoral research on marine ecology and aquatic system management at the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities (EICC) at the University of Sydney.

This researcher works actively in national and international research projects on effects of urban and industrial discharges on water quality and marine ecosystems and on management projects for the local and national administration. She also coordinates master thesis and participates as a teacher on the Master of Hydric Systems Management at the University of Cantabria. This diver (open water) is in charge, together with Xabier Guinda, of the ROV (Remotely operated Vehicle) , the water quality sensors/sondes and the Cantabria water bodies quality control networkdatabase.

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Xabier Guinda graduated in marine sciences by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cantabria in 2008. His doctoral thesis, awarded in 2009 with the Government of Cantabria Environmental Research Prize, was based on the development of procedures for the assessment of ecological status in coastal water bodies, specially oriented to the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

His main research areas are based in the study of intertidal and subtidal marine ecosystems, the relationships between the marine biological communities and their environment, the monitoring and cartography of populations, environmental surveillance, the development and application of quality indices and indicators, the assessment of marine biological resources, environmental impact assessment studies, the viability and environmental impact of marine renewable energy devices, the prevention and assessment of the pollution and the management of coastal areas in general.

Specialized in macroalgae and phytoplankton, he has participated actively in the intercalibration exercise of metrics for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), leading, as IH Cantabria, the group of macroalgae in the Northeast Atlantic region. Since 2013 he is a member of the “European Marine Biology Symposium Committee”.

Thanks to the mobility program "José Castillejo" of the Spanish Ministry of Education, in 2010 he had a postdoctoral fellowship to work at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping of the University of New Hampshire (USA), where he applied videomosaic construction and analysing techniques for the study of subtidal habitats.

He has participated in various oceanographic cruises related to commercial fisheries and the cartography and characterization of deep-sea biological communities. Xabier is a professional diver and an expert user of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), being in charge of the ROV of the IH Cantabria.

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Aina G. Gomez is Chemist by the University of Balearic Islands and obtained her PhD at the University of Cantabria. Her doctoral thesis was based on the development of a methodological procedure to estimate environmental risk of pollution in coastal areas. She has enjoyed a doctoral fellowship of the University of Cantabria and during six months was a visiting researcher at Cornell University in Ithaca (USA).

Her research focuses on aquatic port management. Aina has participated in the drafting of the Spanish recommendation of maritime works '5.1 ROM Quality of coastal waters in port areas'; she has validated and calibrated this recommendation through its application to various ports; she has led an action of the Interreg project of Interreg PORTONOVO "Water quality in harbours" (INTERREG IVB, 2009-1/119). At the moment, she is applying the ROM 5.1 in different Spanish harbours, coordinating the INNODRAVAL  project on dredging, treatment and recovery of sediments (subprogramme INNPACTO IPT-310000-2010-17) and she is the technical secretariat of the Working Group on aquatic port management in the framework of the PROTECMA technological platform. Aina has also directed several master thesis and is participating as a professor in two masters degrees on coastal and port engineering and integrated coastal zone management.

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Mario Álvarez-Cabria is a Biologist (University of León, Spain; 2003) with a PhD in Environmental Hydraulics, by the University of Cantabria, since 2010. His doctoral thesis obtained a "Cum Laude" mark.

Currently Mario is a postdoctoral researcher of the University of Cantabria, which allows Mario to continue with his research activity in the field of the management and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. More specifically, Mario has focused on the study of macroinvertebrate fluvial communities, establishing the relationships of these communities with the aquatic environment and the application of this knowledge to improve the assessment and management of fluvial ecosystems. Mario has also participated in many projects and scientific publications advancing in the knowledge on the relationships among the terrestrial and aquatic environments and also in the recognition of certain ecological patterns and dynamics from this type of ecosystems.

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Ana J. Abascal is a researcher in the Oceanography, Estuaries and Water Quality Group of IH Cantabria. She is a Marine Scientist graduated at the University of Cadiz. She has an M.Sc. in Physical Oceanography and an M.Sc. in Marine Science and Technology. She completed her PhD at the University of Cantabria in 2009 with her thesis on "Advances in oil spill modeling. Application to support emergency response". She has been awarded by the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain (Repsol Foundation Award for the "Science Competition - Research Awards 2009") and the Extraordinary Doctorate from the University of Cantabria in the area of Technical Education (2011).

Her research focuses mainly on numerical modelling of transport and fate of oil spills in the marine environment, operational oceanography, development of methodologies and tools to support spill response planning and numerical modelling of storm surge and astronomical tide.

She has been involved in several Spanish National Science projects (Plan Nacional) and international (Interreg program) projects. She is currently the leader of several projects belonging to the Spanish National Plan.

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Raúl Medina: Executive Director

Íñigo Losada: Director of Research

Francisco L. Martín:Director of Knowledge Transfer

José A. Juanes: Director dof Capacity Building and Training

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José Antonio Armesto is a post-doc researcher at IH Cantabria. José Antonio obtained his degree in Mathematics in 2001 at the Universidad de Valladolid. Then he moved to Germany to study a"Master in Technomathematics" at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (2003). His Master Thesis was done in collaboration with the "ITWM Institut Techno und Wirtschaftsmathematik". Finally, José Antonio obtained his PhD in applied mathematics at the Manchester Metropolitan University (2008), where he also had the oportunity to teach informatics.

Jose Antonio joined IH Cantabria in 2009. He has sicne then been envolved in the development of numerical tools for coastal engineering and marine renevable energy.

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Felipe Fernandez has a BSc in Biology, holds an MSc in Geographic Information Systems from Edinburgh University and an MSc in Environmental Management of Aquatic Systems from Cantabria University. He was awarded a prize by the Fundación Alfonso Martín Escuderoprogram entitled "Research fellowships at Universities or Research Institutions abroad" and his professional activity has taken place at several international research institutions: AZTI Tecnalia, The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) or the Environmental Brazilian Institute (IBAMA). Currently, he is the head of the Information Technology Team (IH-IT).

His research focuses on relational database observation models and geospatial apps (Web and desktop). One of his main lines of research is the management of environmental data and dynamic use through the development of Environmental Management Systems and Decision Support Systems (DSSs).

Currently, the coordination tasks of the IH-IT Teamfocuses on three main aspects: centralizing the computational capacity, developing Technology Transfer Products and promoting the good use of Information Technology at IH Cantabria.

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