María E. Maza Fernández


+34 942 20 16 16 ext. 1228



Assistant Professor at the University of Cantabria, she develops her research activity in the Hydrodynamics and Coastal Infrastructures group of IHCantabria. Civil Engineer (2010), she obtained her MSc in Ports and Coastal Engineering in 2012 and her PhD in 2015 from the University of Cantabria for which she received the Extraordinary PhD Award. Later, she completed her post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE). María has developed new numerical tools for the study of flow-ecosystem interaction and is part of the team developing IHFOAM and IH2VOF models. In the experimental field, she has led experimental studies carried out at the Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin (CCOB) and at the MIT Parsons Laboratory. Her research focuses on understanding the fundamentals and modelling the flow-ecosystem interaction, with the aim of obtaining new tools from basic science and thus promoting the use of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) as coastal protection measures.


Flow – ecosystem interaction
Natural based solutions in coastal protection and management
Computational fluid mechanics
Water waves hydrodynamics
Wave and structure interaction