Departament de Ciències Ambientals

Tesis doctorals

Tesis doctorals dirigides (des de 2006)

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Alcaraz Cazorla, Carles. 2006. Ecological interactions between an invasive fish (Gambusia holbrooki) and native cyprinodonts: the role of salinity. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou

Menció i Domingo, Anna. 2006. Anàlisi multidiciplinària de l’estat de l’aigua a la depressió de la Selva. Ph.D. thesis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra. Supervisor: Josep Mas

Roura-Pascual, Núria. 2006. Predicting Argentine ant distribution across spatial scales via ecological niche models. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Crisanto Gómez López & Pere Pons Ferran

Sánchez, Noemí. 2006. Estudi taxonòmic i ecofisiològic dels membres de la família faucheaceae (Rhodymeniales, Rhodophyta) de la Península Ibèrica i de les Illes Balears. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Concepció Rodríguez Prieto


Badosa Salvador, Ana. 2007. Limnological characteristics and plankton community structure of Mediterranean coastal lagoons undergoing restoration. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Xavier de Quintana Pou

Carol Bruguera, Joaquim. 2007. Ecology of an invasive fish (Silurus glanis) in Catalan reservoirs. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Emili García-Berthou & Lluís Zamora Hernández


Abril, Sílvia. 2008. Estudi d’aspectes biològics de la formiga argentina (Linepithema humile) encarat al control de la plaga en ecosistemes naturals. Universitat de Girona. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Crisanto Gómez López & Jordi Oliveras Huix

Artigas Alejo, Joan. 2008. The role of fungi and bacteria on the organic matter decomposition process in streams: interaction and relevance in biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Sergi Sabater

Benejam, Lluís. 2008. Fish as ecological indicators in Mediterranean freshwater ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou

Santos, Alejandra F.G.N. 2008. Uso de juvenis de peixes carnívoros nativos no controle da ictiofauna invasora na Bacia do Rio Paraná. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá (Brasil). Supervisors: Carmino Hayashi & Emili García-Berthou

Santos, Luciano Neves dos. 2008. Uso de habitats artificiais no manejo e conservação de recursos pesqueiros em ecossistemas lênticos. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá (Brasil). Supervisors: Angelo A. Agostinho & Emili García-Berthou


Gallardo Armas, Belinda. 2009. Aquatic community patterns across environmental gradients in a Mediterranean floodplain and their application to ecosystem restoration. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Francisco A. Comín & Stéphanie Gascón

Serra Gasa, Alexandra. 2009. Fate and effects of copper in fluvial ecosystems: the role of periphyton. University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Helena Guasch

Tornés Bes, Elisabet. 2009. Distributional patterns of diatom communities in Mediterranean rivers. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Sergi Sabater


Compte Ciurana, Jordi. 2010. Food Webs of Mediterranean coastal lagoons. University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Stéphanie Gascón & Dani Boix

Folch i Sancho, Albert. 2010. Geological and human influences on groundwater flow systems in range-and-basin areas: the case of the Selva Basin (Catalonia, NE Spain). Ph.D. thesis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra. Supervisors: Josep Mas & Albert Soler

Urrea-Clos, Gemma. 2010. Distribution of diatom communities in agricultural and mining watersheds of South West Sapin. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Sergi Sabater

Vila, Sílvia. 2010. L’emmagatzematge intraovàric d’esperma en Helicolenus dactylopterus dactylopterus (Pisces: Scorpaeniformes). Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Marta Muñoz Frigola


Bonninneau, Chloé. 2011. Contribution of antioxidant enzymes to toxicity assessment in fluvial biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Helena Guasch

Faggiano, Leslie. 2011. Modelling of the effects of toxic substances in freshwater ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France). Supervisors: Sovan Lek, Emili García-Berthou & Muriel Gevrey

Ricart Viladomat, Marta. 2011. Effects of priority and emerging pollutants on river biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Helena Guasch

Rost Bagudanch, Josep. 2011. L'efecte de la gestió forestal postincendi sobre l'avifauna i la dispersió de llavors per ocells frugívors. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Pere Pons & Josep M. Bas

Ylla Monfort, Irene. 2011. Availability and use of organic matter in stream ecosystems: the role of biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Anna M. Romaní


Corcoll, Natàlia. 2012. The use of pulse amplitude modulated fluorescence techniques for metal toxicity assessment in fluvial biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Helena Guasch & Manel Leira

Enríquez Lenis, Martha Lucía. 2012. The invasion of the argentine ant Linepithema humile in mediterranean ecosystems: impacts and efficacy of winter aggregations extirpation as a control method. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Sílvia Abril & Crisanto Gómez

Jones Román, Gabriela. 2012. Evaluación de la remoción de semillas por roedores y hormigas en pinares mediterráneos quemados. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Pere Pons Ferran; Josep M. Bas

Proia, Lorenzo. 2012. Biofilm responses to multiple stressors associated to global change in river ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Sergi Sabater

Ruhí, Albert. 2012. Primary succession in man-made wetlands: biodiversity, structure and dynamics of macrofaunal assemblages. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón


Bernal, Meritxell. 2013. How Mediterranean plants are able to cope with increasing levels of UV-B radiation and drought in the context of climate change? Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Laura Llorens & Dolors Verdaguer

Bonet, Berta. 2013. Antioxidant enzyme activities in fluvial biofilms as biomarkers of metal pollution. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Helena Guasch

Boy Roura, Mercè. 2013. Nitrate groundwater pollution and aquifer vulnerability: the case of the Osona region. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Anna Menció & Josep Mas

Carmona-Catot, Gerard. 2013. Explaining the invasive success of the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki): the role of temperature. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou

Díaz Buitrago, Mireia 2013. Ecological and biological strategies taken by the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile (Mayr, 1868), in cold seasons. Effects of winter nests management in natural invaded areas. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Crisanto Gómez & Sílvia Abril

Estany Tigerström, David. 2013. Reproducció i desenvolupament de la mallerenga blava (Cyanistes caeruleus): Conseqüències de la invasió de la formiga argentina (Linepithema humile) en la xarxa tròfica del bosc mediterrani. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Girona. Supervisors: Pere Pons & Josep M. Bas

Miguel Chinchilla, Leticia. 2013. Physicochemical and macroinvertebrate community trends in manmade ponds constructed in reclaimed opencast coal mines. Ph.D. thesis, Universidad de Alcalá. Supervisors: Francisco A. Comín, Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón


Font Payeras, Antoni. 2014. Impactes biològics i característiques socioeconòmiques de la pesca recreativa a les àrees marines protegides de la Mediterrània: implicacions per a la gestió del medi marí. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Josep Lloret

Mora Gómez, Juanita. 2014. Leaf litter decomposition in Mediterranean streams: microbial processes and responses to drought under current global change scenario. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Arturo Elosegi

Timoner Amer, Francesca. 2014. Stream biofilm responses to flow intermittency. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Vicenç Acuña


Aguilera Becker, Rosana. 2015. Effects of land uses and climate variability in the water quality of Mediterranean rivers: towards a regional vision of global change. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Rafael Marcé

Ann, Vannak. 2015. Linking river sediment physical properties to biofilm biomass and activity. PhD. Thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Andrea Butturini

Dimitriadis, Ekaterini. 2015. Towards the implementation of ecosystem management: a multi-level assessment of a small scale Mediterranean multi-specific fishery. Supervisors: Margarida Casadevall, Alvar Carranza & Raul Vileta

Escoriza Boj, Daniel. 2015. Factors regulating the invasion of two Mediterranean anurans: Discoglossus pictus and Hyla meridionalis. The role of niche conservatism, species interactions and habitat selection. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Daniel Boix

Naspleda Feixas, Joan. 2015. Variabilitat morfològica i ús de l'hàbitat de l'espècie exòtica peix sol (Lepomis gibbosus) en ecosistemes mediterranis. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Vila-Gispert & Lluis Zamora Hernández

Ponsatí, Lídia. 2015. Biofilm responses to physical and chemical alteration in river ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Sergi Sabater

Srean, Pao. 2015. Understanding the ecological success of two worldwide fish invaders (Gambusia holbrooki and Gambusia affinis). Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou

Villegas Hernández, Harold Oswaldo. 2015. Climate change and the expansion of thermophilic fishes in the northwestern Mediterranean: The importance of studying condition and reproduction to understand the increase in their abundance. Supervisor: Marta Muñoz & Josep Lloret.


Ferrer Maza, Dolors. 2016. Effects of parasitism on the condition and reproductive capacity of three commerciality exploited fish species in the Mediterranean Sea. Supervisor: Marta Muñoz, Josep Lloret & Elisabeth Faliex.

Freixa, Anna. 2016. Function and Structure of river sediment biofilms and their role in dissolved organic matter utilization. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Anna Romaní.

Joher Sais, Sergi. 2016. Macroalgal-dominated coastal detritic bottoms of the Mediterranean Sea and the Northeastern Atlantic: description, distribution and sampling methodologies.. Supervisor: Concepció Rodríguez Prieto.

Jover Benjumea. 2016. The alien moss Campylopus introflexus in the NE region of the Iberian Peninsula: population dynamics and impacts on vascular plants and arthropod communities. Supervisor: Lluís Vilar & Josep Antoni Rosselló.

Vilardell Bartino, Albert. 2016. Avaluació d’estratègies de conservació de la tortuga mediterrània (Testudo hermanni hermanni): Reducció de la depredació de nius, gestió de l’hàbitat i custòdia del territorio a la serra de l’Albera. Supervisor: Pere Pons.