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Universitat de Girona Plana personal de la Sra. Giulia Gionchetta
Informació general
Sra. Giulia Gionchetta

Departament: Ciències Ambientals

Àrea de coneixement: Ecologia

Institut: Institut d'Ecologia Aquàtica

Grup de recerca: Grup de Recerca en Ecologia Aquàtica Continental (Greco)

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DepartmentEnvironmental science

Area: Ecology

Institute: Institute of Aquatic Ecology

Research groupResearch group in Continental Aquatic Ecology (Greco)



Brief CV

My PhD research covers the aspects of diversity, resilience and functions of the streambed microbial communities of Mediterranean rivers under global change. I am particularly interested in the responses of  most studied (Bacteria) and less known micro-communities (Archaea, Fungi and Protozoa) to extreme drought events, with emphasis on the swings occurring from the surface to the bottom sediment layers between the frontier of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem.

The contribution to the knowledge of this study aims to understanding and approaching a little more the diversity of the communities most involved in the carbon cycle and so on the functioning of temporal stream ecosystems, stressed by the global change, to improve their conservation.



Personal data

Name:  Giulia Gionchetta            

NIE: Y4077639-Y    

Birth year: 1983

Codi ORCID: 0000-0001-9615-882X     

Researcher ID: E-7168-2016

Office: 231, Science Faculty (Tel. 972 41 97 89)

Email address:



Current employment situation

PhD Student at the Institute of Aquatic Ecology, University of Girona (UdG).


Three years Grant: Ajuts per a investigadors en formació de la UdG (IFUdG2016).



Education and completed academic training

3-8 September 2017

Conference partecipation: SAME 15, Symposium of Aquatic Microbial Ecology

April 2016

Workshop assistance: 4th Biofilm Workshop - Basis and application of biofilms to assess the effects of environmental change in aquatic ecosystems. Girona (Spain).

2014 - 2015

Master in Water Science and Technology

University of Girona (UdG).

December 2011

Workshop assistance: Engaging Communities on Energy and Climate Change. London, TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace (United Kingdom).

July 2008

Degree with Honours: Biology specialized in Biodiversity and Biological Evolution (5 years: first and second cycle). University of Milan (Italy).



Grants and awards

September 2016 – Present

Ajuts per a investigadors en formació de la UdG (IFUdG2016). 
Three years Grant to carry on the PhD, at the University of Girona, funded by Oficina d’Investigació I Transferència Tecnològica (OITT).

July 2008

Honours Degree in Biology - Biodiversity and Biological Evolution (University of Milan)



Work and international internship experience

September 2016

Research internship for developing and applying new Generation Sequencing techniques assessment on river sediment microbial communities, at the University of Blaise Pascal  (Clermont-Ferrand, France). 
The research visit belong to the project FUNSTREAM (Temporary fluvial ecosystems and global change: effects on ecosystem structure and functioning, CGL2014-58760-C3-2-R, 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2017, Coordinated project with UdG, ICRA and University of Barcelona).

2015 – 2016 (November - September)

Expert Technician at Institute of Aquatic Ecology (UdG). 
Contract for the research project FUNSTREAM, Temporary fluvial ecosystems and global change: effects on ecosystem structure and functioning. (CGL2014-58760-C3-2-R).

2015 (March - September)

Research project collaboration (R+D) with gEMM Group of Molecular Microbial Ecology (UdG) to evaluate functional genes and to characterize the microbial biofilm developed on carriers of a wastewater treatment reactor.

2008 – 2013 (Italy)

Previous employment: Scientific Editor for ©Pearson Italia S.p.A.

March 2007 - April 2008 (Italy)

Research collaboration for multi-biomarker assessment on Zebra mussel DDT, DDD and DDE contamination, at the University of Milan - Department of Ecology-Ecotoxicology.




Since 2016

Member of SMIRES a COST Action addressing the Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers & Ephemeral Streams (COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020).


Since 2015

Member of  Associación ibérica de Limnología (AIL)





Italian - mother tongue

English - IELTS Certificate (2014) - Overall Mark: 6.5 (CEFR B2/C1)

Spanish - B1

Catalan - A2