alejandra goldenberg vilar


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Alejandra Goldenberg is an aquatic ecologist. She conducted a PhD at the department of Aquatic Environmental Ecology (IBED-University of Amsterdam). Her PhD was focused on the study of macro-ecological patterns of diatom communities and the application of these patterns to improve water quality assessments under the European Water Framework Directive. After her PhD, Alejandra conducted a Postdoc in the group of Palaeoecology – Physical Geography at Utrecht University. During this Postdoc, Alejandra developed diatom based models to infer salinity and tidal height as a potential tool for sea level reconstructions in the Wadden Sea (The Netherlands).

Alejandra has also experience as a diatom taxonomist and she performed consultancy activities for Spanish water authorities under routine water quality monitoring programs.

Alejandra is currently performing research in limnology and hydrology with emphasis on primary producers (macrophytes and diatoms). She is also very interested on studying the effect of anthropogenic impacts such hydrological alterations and global change on ecosystem functioning.


Ecology of primary producers (macrophytes and phytobenthos).
New methodologies for ecological monitoring of aquatic ecosystems through DNA metabarcoding in diatoms and through the use of functional groups in diatoms and macrophytes.
Ecosystem functioning in relation to the effects of hydrological alterations and global change.