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Cristina Galv√°n holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oviedo and completed the Master’s degree in Environmental Management of Water Systems and the Doctorate at the University of Cantabria. She currently works at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute Foundation of the University of Cantabria. Her research areas focus on the ecology of estuarine systems, from physical aspects to species biology, and on environmental management and restoration of aquatic systems within a framework of global change.

She works with numerical modeling, spectroradiometry and remote sensing, advanced statistics, and biological experimentation. She participates in various types of projects, from environmental restoration monitoring and the application of European Directives to projects assessing the effects of climate change on the coast.


Estuarine ecology.

Physical and biological modeling of estuaries.

Remote sensing and spectroradiometry.

Climate change in coastal areas.

Environmental management.

Servicios ecosistémicos.


Galv√°n, C., & Puente, A. (2023). Exploring the newly emerging effects of native seagrasses on survival and growth of non-native juvenile clams. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10, 1160734. 10.3389/fmars.2023.1160734.

Puente, A., Gómez, A. G., de los Ríos, A., & Galván, C. (2022). Natural stress vs. anthropogenic pressure. How do they affect benthic communities? Marine Pollution Bulletin, 131, 113935. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113935.

Galv√°n, C., Puente, A., & Juanes, J. A. (2021). Nested socio-ecological maps as a spatial planning instrument for estuary conservation and ecosystem-based management. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 730762.

Ondiviela, B., Galván, C., Recio, M., Jiménez, M., Juanes, J. A., Puente, A., & Losada, I. J. (2020). Vulnerability of Zostera noltei to sea level rise: the use of clustering techniques in climate change studies. Estuaries and Coasts, 43, 2063-2075.

Calleja, F., Ondiviela, B., Galv√°n, C., Recio, M., & Juanes, J. A. (2019). Mapping estuarine vegetation using satellite imagery: The case of the invasive species Baccharis halimifolia at a Natura 2000 site. Continental Shelf Research, 174, 35-47.

Calleja, F., Galván, C., Silió-Calzada, A., Juanes, J. A., & Ondiviela, B. (2017). Long-term analysis of Zostera noltei: A retrospective approach for understanding seagrasses dynamics. Marine Environmental Research, 130, 93-105.

Lepage, M., Harrison, T., Borja, √Ā., Breine, J., Cabral, H., Coates, S., Galv√°n, C., Garc√≠a, P., Jager, Z., Kelly, F., Mosch, E. C., Pasquaud, S., Scholle, J., & Uriarte, A. (2016). An approach to intercalibrate ecological classification tools using fish in transitional water of the North East Atlantic. Ecological Indicators, 67, 318-327.

Galv√°n, C, Puente, A., Castanedo, S., & Juanes, J. A. (2016). Average vs extreme salinity conditions: do they equally affect the distribution of macroinvertebrates in estuarine environments? Limnology and Oceanography, 61, 984-1000.

Hummel, H., Frost, M., Juanes, J. A., Kochmann, J., Castellanos, C., Aneiros, F., Vandenbosch, F., Franco, J., Echavarri, B., Guinda, X., Puente, A., Fernández, C., Galván, C., Merino, M., Ramos, E., Fernández, P., Pitacco, V., Alberte, M., Wojcik, D., Grabowska, M., Jahnke, M., Crocetta, F., Carugati, L., Scorrano, S., Fraschetti, S., García, P. P., Fernández, J. A. S., Poromov, A., Lurchenko, A., Isachenko, A., Chava, A., Pavloudi, C., Bordeyne, F., Andersen, S. F., Eronat, E. G. T., Cakmak, T., Louizidou, P., Rico, J., Ruci, S., Diego, D. C., Mendez, S., Rousou, M., de Clippele, L., Eriksson, A., van Zanten, W., Diamant, A., & de Matos, V. K. F. (2015). A comparison on the degree of implementation of marine biodiversity indicators by European countries in relation to Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Journal of the Marine Biological Association, 95(8), 1519-1531.

Bouma, T. J., van Belzen, J., Thorsten, B., Zhu, Z., Airoldi, L., Blight, A. J., Davies, A. J., Galv√°n, C., Hawkins, S. J., Hoggart, S. P. G., Lara, J. L., Losada, I. J., Maza, M., Ondiviela, B., Skov, M. W., Strain, E. M., Thompson, R. C., Yang, S., Zanuttigh, B., Zhang, L., & Herman, P. M. J. (2014). Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: Opportunities and steps to take. Coastal Engineering, 87, 147-157. 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.014.

Ondiviela, B., Losada, I. J., Lara, J. L., Maza, M., Galv√°n, C., Bouma, T. J., & van Belzen, J. (2014). The role of seagrasses in coastal protection in a changing climate. Coastal Engineering, 87, 158-168.

Frau, D., Ondiviela, B., Galván, C., & Juanes, J. A. (2014). The role of the hydrodynamic regime in the distribution of the invasive shrub Baccharis halimifolia (Compositae) in Oyambre estuary (Cantabria, Spain). Limnética, 33(1), 1-12. 10.23818/limn.33.01.

Pe√Īas, F. J., Juanes, J. A., Galv√°n, C., Medina, R., Castanedo, S., √Ālvarez, C., & B√°rcena, J. F. (2013). Estimating minimum environmental flow requirements for well-mixed estuaries in Spain. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 134, 138-149. 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.05.020.

Recio, M., Ondiviela, B., Puente, A., Galván, C., Gómez, A. G., & Juanes, J. A. (2013). The Influence of Hydromorphological Stressors on Estuarine Vegetation Indicators. Estuaries and Coasts, 36, 997-1005. 10.1007/s12237-013-9607-2.

Ramos, E., Juanes, J. A., Galván, C. Neto, J.M., Melo, R., Pedersen, A., Scanlan, C., Wilkes, R., van den Bergh, E., Blomqvist, M., Karup, H. P., Heiber, W., Reitsma, J. M., Ximenes, M. C., Silió, A., Méndez, F., & González, B. (2012). Coastal Waters classification based on physical attributes along the NE Atlantic region. An approach for rocky macroalgae potential distribution. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 112, 105-114. 10.1016/j.ecss.2011.11.041.

Galv√°n, C., Juanes, J. A., & Puente, A., (2010). Ecological classification of European transitional waters in the North-East Atlantic Eco-region. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 87, 105-114. 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.01.026.