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Research group on Aquatic Ecology (EcoAqua)

Ph.D. theses


Grup de Recerca en Ecologia Aquàtica (EcoAqua)

Institut d'Ecologia Aquàtica

Campus Montilivi mapa
M. Aurèlia Capmany 69
17003 Girona
Tel. +34 972 41 83 69
Fax +34 972 41 81 50



Ph.D. theses supervised (since 2014)

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Argudo Fernández, María. 2021. Microbial communities responses in fluvial biofilms under metal stressed scenarios. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Frederic Gich & Helena Guasch

Boada-Cahueñas, Ellana Amparito. 2020. Towards the implementation of a biotechnology for biogas upgrading: Role of bacteria in siloxane removal. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Lluís Bañeras, Frederic Gich & Alba Cabrera

Cunillera-Motcusí, David. 2020. Resilience of aquatic metacommunities. Implications for disturbance impacts and recovery. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón

Tornero Pinilla, Irene. 2020. Metacommunities and biodiversity patterns in Mediterranean temporary ponds: the role of pond size, network connectivity and dispersal mode. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón

Gionchetta, Giulia. 2019. At the edge of aquatic systems: intermittent streambed microbial communities responses to hydrological alterations. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Romaní & Joan Artigas

Hernández del Amo, Elena. 2019. Origin and fate of nitrite in model ecosystems: case studies in groundwater and constructed wetlands. PhD Thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Lluís Bañeras & Frederic Gich

Latorre Espeso, Dani. 2019. Effects of environmental conditions on phenotypic plasticity of fishes in Iberian Waters: life-history, physiological and morphological traits. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Vila-Gispert & David Almeida Real

Perujo, Núria. 2018. Subsurface as a bioreactor: Interaction between physical heterogeneity and microbial processes. Ph.D. thesis, Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Supervisors: Xavier Sánchez Vila & Anna Romaní


Ávila, Núria. 2017. Estudio de la red trófica microbiana en lagunas someras: autotrofia versus heterotrofia. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Xavier de Quintana & Rocío López-Flores

Barral Fraga, Laura. 2017. Arsenic and fluvial biofilms: Biogeochemistry, toxicity and biotic interactions. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Supervisors: Helena Guasch, Teresa Barral & Soizic Morin

Fillol Homs, Mireia. 2017. Insights into the distribution and ecological role of members of the archaeal Phylum Bathyarchaeota. From the global to the local scale. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Carles Borrego


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

dos Santos, Natália C.L.  2016. Sistemas de reservatórios em série: Influência sobre a biodiversidade e o funcionamento dos ecossistemas. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brasil. Supervisors:  Angelo A. Agostinho & Emili García-Berthou

Merciai, Roberto. 2016. Effects of global change on fish assemblages in Mediterranean streams. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors:  Emili García-Berthou & Sergi Sabater

Noguerola Solà, Imma. 2016. Diversity, dynamics and activity of epsilonproteobacteria in a stratified karstic lake. Implications in carbon and sulfur cycles. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor:  Carles Borrego Moré

Ramió Pujol, Sara. 2016. Insights into key parameters for bio-alcohol production in syngas fermentation using model carboxydotrophic bacteria. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Jesus Colprim Galceran, Lluís Bañeras Vives & Ramon Ganigué Pagés

Tuulaikhuu, Baigal-amar. 2016. Influences of toxicants on freshwater biofilms and fish: from experimental approaches to statistical models. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Supervisors: Helena Guasch & Emili García-Berthou

Vilar-Sanz, Ariadna. 2016. Where nitrite respiration meets electrotrophy: diversity studies and functional characterization of autotrophic bacterial isolates from bioelectrochemical systems. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Lluís Bañeras

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

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

Sánchez-Melsió, Alexandre. 2015. From inocula to biological reactors: molecular characterization of N-cycle bacterial assemblages in a PANAMMOX process. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Xavier Vila Portella & Jesús Colprim Galzeran

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

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