Doctoral theses

Estructura, distribución e historia evolutiva de las poblaciones de estrellas de mar Echinaster sepositus y Coscinasterias tenuispina
Author: Àlex Garcia Cisneros
PhD Advisor: Creu Palacín Cabañas i Rocío Pérez Portela
Universitat de Barcelona. DIPÒSIT DIGITAL UB

In situ direct study of filtration and respiration rate of Mediterranean sponges
Author: Maria Teresa Morganti
PhD Advisor: Rafel Coma i Marta Ribes
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TDX

Change agents: Sea urchin regulation and state shifts in Mediterranean macrophyte systems
Author: Jordi Boada
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro i Javier Romero
Universitat de Barcelona. DIPÒSIT DIGITAL UB

Biology and population ecology of uncultured archaea in natural environments analyzed by taxon-specific molecular markers
Author: Restrepo Ortiz, Claudia Ximena
PhD Advisor: Emilio O. Casamayor
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Fish as local stressors of Pyrenean high mountain lakes: Arrival process and impact on amphibians and other organisms.
Autor: Alex Miró 
PhD Advisor: Marc Ventura Oller.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO
Best Spanish PhD Dissertation in Limnology Research (2016-2017)

 

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The influence of Mediterranean riparian zones on stream nitrogen dynamics. A catchment approach.
Author: Anna Lupon.
PhD Advisor: Susana Bernal Berenguer.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
Best Spanish PhD Dissertation in Limnology Research (2014-2015)

Effects of human activities on N cycling in Mediterranean streams: contrasts between nitrate and ammonium dynamics.
Author: Miquel Ribot Bermejo.
PhD Advisor: Eugènia Martí Roca
Codirector: Daniel Von Shiller Calle
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Microbial nitrification in urban streams: from single cell activity to ecosystems processes.
Author: Stephanie Merbt.
PhD Advisor: Eugènia Martí Roca i Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO
EFFS Award for the best PhD Dissertation in Freshwater Sciences (2015-2016)

Connecting biodiversity and biogeochemical role by microbial metagenomics.
Author: Tomas Llorens.
PhD Advisor: Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Scale-dependent factors modulate sea urchin predation in macrophyte ecosystems.
Author: Simone Farina.
PhD Advisor: Javier Romero Martinengo
Codirectora: Teresa Alcoverro Pedrola
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Tracking environmental change in seagrass meadows: understanding indicator behaviour across space and time.
Author: Guillem Roca.
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro Pedrola.
Codirector: Javier Romero Martinengo
Universitat de Barcelona. Universitat de Barcelona.   TESEO

Seagrass ecosystems of the Nicobar and Andaman Islands with emphasis on the Dugong dugon status and distribution.
Author: Elrika D’Souza.
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro Pedrola.
Madurai Kamaraj University.   TESEO

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The role of primary uptake compartments on stream N cycling, insights from 15N signatures.
Author: Marc Peipoch.
PhD Advisor: Eugènia Martí Roca i Esperança Gacia Passola.
Universitat de Barcelona.   TESEO

Interactions between fish farming, wild fish populations, local fisheries and society: a case study in Catalonia, Spain.
Author: Kathrin Bacher.
PhD Advisor: Ana Gordoa.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

The Northern Current and its interaction with the Blanes submarine canyon (NW Mediterranean Sea).
Author: Miguel Ángel Ahumada-Semproa.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Diatom-based reconstruction of Late Glacial and Early Holocene environment in the Pyrenees.
Author: Carlos Rivera Roldon.
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalan.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

 

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Biology and phylogeography of the black sea urchin Arbacia lixula (Echinoidea: Arbacioida).
Author: Owen S. Wangensteen.
PhD Advisor: Xavier Turon Barrera i Cruz Palacín Cabañas
Universitat de Barcelona.   TESEO

Differential gene expression along the sponge life cycle.
Author: Alicia R. Pérez-Porro.
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz Lespe i Gonzalo Giribet de Sebastán
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Desarrollo de un modelo para el estudio de la dispersión de contaminantes provenientes de una granja de cultivo de camarón en el complejo lagunar Estero de Urías: una laguna costera urbanizada (México).
Author: G. Cardoso.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado Alorda i Joan Albert Sánchez Cabeza
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.   TESEO

Chemical and microbial ecology of the demosponge Aplysina aerophoba.
Author: Oriol Sacristan.
PhD Advisor: Mikel Becerro.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Ecology and evolution of microbial nitrifiers.
Author: Antoni Fernández-Guerra.
PhD Advisor: Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Los macroinvertebrados lacustres y el gradiente altitudinal en los Pirineos/ Lake macroinvertebrates and the altitudinal gradient in the
Pyrenees.
Author: Guillermo de Mendoza.
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalan.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

The ecology of colonial phytoplancton.
Author: Tatiana Caraballo.
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalan.
Universitat de Barcelona.   TESEO

Landscape fragmentation and resilience in seagrass meadows
Author: Gera, Alessandro
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX

Ecology and genetics of invasive ascidians in the western Mediterranean
Author: Ordoñez, Victor
PhD Advisor: Xavier Turon
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX

The role of herbivores as trophic connectors between marine ecosystems
Author: Pagés, Jordi
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX

Challenges in marine ecology: genomic investigations of dispersal patterns and phenotypic plasticity in Mediterranean Fishes
Author: Schunter, Celia
PhD Advisor: Enrique Macpherson
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX

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Estructura genética poblacional y discontinuidades oceanográficas en crustáceos decápodos.
Author: Victor H. García Merchán.
PhD Advisor: Enrique Macpherson Mayol, Marta Pascual Berniola i Pere Abelló Sala.
Universitat de Barcelona.   TESEO

Ecología química en el benthos marino de la Antártida: productos naturales y defensa química en esponjas hexactinélidas, corales blandos and colonial ascidians.
Author: Laura Núñez.
PhD Advisor: Manuel Maldonado Barahona.
Universitat de Barcelona.TESEO

A global wanderer: biology, phylogeography and resilience of the introduced ascidian Styela plicata.
Author: Maria Carmen Pineda.
Director de tesi: Xavier Turon Barrera.
Codirectora: Susana López Legentil
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award

Microbial macroecology: understanding microbial community patterns using phylogenetic and multivariate statistical tools.
Author: Albert Barberan.
PhD Advisor: Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award

Estudio de la actividad fagotrófica del fitoplancton mediante técnicas de análisis celular.
Author: Miguel Ángel Ballén.
PhD Advisor: Marisol Felip Benach.
Codirector: Jordi Catalan Aguilà
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Distribution of soft-bottom Polychaete assembalges at different scales in shallow waters of the Northern Mediterranean Spanish coast.
Author: Letzi Serrano.
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá Borroy.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.  TESEO

Multi-risk assessment and users¿s perception: a further step towards Ecosystem-based beach Managament.
Author: Juan Pablo Lozoya.
PhD Advisor: José Antonio Jiménez Quintana.
Codirector: Rafael Sardá Borroy
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

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Combining trace metal bioaccumulation and stable isotopes to reveal food web structure in freshwater ecosystems.
Autor: David Xavier Soto.
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalan Aguilà.
Codirectora: Esperança Gacia Passola
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
Best PhD Thesis for the Iberian Association of Limnology (biennium 2010-2012) and Finalist of the EFFS Award for the best PhD Dissertation in Freshwater Sciences (2011-2013)

The European Fauna of Annelida Polychaeta.
Author: Joao Gil.
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá Borroy.
Universidade de Lisboa.

Aquatic macrophyte distribution and richness patterns across and time in a Catalonia.
Author: Eglantine Chappuis.
PhD Advisor: Esperança Gacia Passola i Enric Ballesteros Sagarra .
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Insights in the mat of Posidonia oceanica: biogeochemical sink and paleoecological record.
Author: Oscar Serrano.
PhD Advisor: Miguel Ángel Mateo Mínguez.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Trace element biogeochemistry in high mountain lake catchments: identifying anthropogenic versus natural components from the atmospheric contamination legacy in remote natural areas.
Author: Montserrat Bacardit.
PhD Advisor: Lluís Camarero Galindo.
Universitat de Girona.  TESEO

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Hydrological and geomorphological controls on stream nutrient retention.
Author: Alba Argerich.
PhD Advisor: Francesc Sabater Comas,
Codirectora: Eugènia Martí Roca.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Sistemática e historia evolutiva de la familia Galatheidae (Crustacea: Anomura) en el Pacífico Sur.
Author: Patricia Cabezas.
PhD Advisor: Enrique Macpherson Mayol.
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. TESEO

Coastal microphyroplankton and microphytobenthos. Diversity, ecology and implications in silicon biogeochemical cycle.
Author: Arianna Bucci.
PhD Advisor: Manuel Maldonado Barahona.
Codirectora: Zolia Velásquez Blanes
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Biología y ecología de asteroides mediterráneos de fondo rocoso (biology and ecology of mediterranean rocky bottoms asteroids).
Author: Adriana Villamor.
PhD Advisor: Mikel Becerro García.
Universitat de Barcelona.TESEO

Relationship between genetic, bacterial and chemical diversity of the mediterranean sponge spongia – agaricina (relación entre la diversidad genética, bacteriana y química de la esponja mediterránea sp.)
Author: Charlotte Noyer.
PhD Advisor: Mikel Becerro García
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Biology and Ecology of the weedy seadragon Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (Pisces: Syngnathidae) and its implication in conservation management.
Author: Jaime Sánchez-Cámara.
PhD Advisor: Xavier Turon Barrera.
Codirector: David J. Booth
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

A 3d high resolution coupled hydrodynamic-biogeochemical model for the western Mediterranean sea. Interannual variability of primary and export production.
Author: Raffaele Bernardello.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Comunidades de cianobacterias bentónicas, producción y liberación de microcistinas en el río Muga (NE Península Ibérica).
Author: Jara Vassal’lo Saco.
Directora de tesi: Mariàngels Puig Garcia.
Universitat de Girona. TESEO

Diversity, dynamics and activity of mesophilic Archaea in stratified freshwater lakes. Implications in biogeochemical cycles.
Author: Marc Llirós Dupré.
PhD Advisor: Carlos Borrego Moré
Codirector: Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat de Girona.  TESEO

Cystoseira-dominated assemblages from sheltered areas in the Mediterranean Sea; diversity, distribution and effects of pollution.
Author: Marta Sales.
PhD Advisor: Enric Ballesteros Sagarra.
Universitat de Girona. TESEO

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Revisión de las especies del género Haplosyllis (Annelida, Polychaeta, Syllidade): Una aproximación morfológica, morfométrica, filogenética y ecológica.
Author: Patricia Lattig.
PhD Advisor: Daniel Martin Sintes.
Codirector: Guillermo San Martín Peral
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. TESEO

Spatio-temporal genetic structure and reproductive barriers in the genus Paracentrotus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea).
Author: Isabel Calderon.
PhD Advisor: Xavier Turon Barrera.
Codirector: Cruz Palacín Cabañas
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Bacterial dispersal on airborne Saharan particles. Survival and colonization in Alpine lakes of the limnological observatory of the Pyrenees.
Author: Anna Hervàs.
PhD Advisor: Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.   TESEO

Genomic patterns and phenotypic plasticity in prokaryotes analyzed within an ecological framework.
Author: Juan Antonio García López.
PhD Advisor: Emilio O. Casamayor.
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.   TESEO

Food web bioaccumulation of halogenated compounds in high mountain lake food webs.
Author: Mireia Bartrons.
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalan.
Codirector: Joan Grimalt Obrador.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Evaluación del estado de las aguas costeras: herramientas de vigilancia basadas en los ecosistemas de Posidonia oceanica.
Author: Begoña Martínez.
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro Pedrola.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Implications of Global Change for stream nitrogen and phosphorus retention in a Mediterranean catchment.
Author: Daniel von Schiller.
PhD Advisor: Eugènia Martí Roca.
Codirector: Joan Lluís Riera Rey
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award

Genética evolutiva en llagostes de l’Infraordre Achelata.
Author: Ferran Palero.
PhD Advisor: Marta Pascual Berniola.
Codirectors: Pere Abelló Sala i Enrique Macpherson Mayol
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award

 

Biology and population genetics of the invasive ascidian Microcosmus squamiger.
Author: Marc Rius.
PhD Advisor: Xavier Turon Barrera.
Codirectora: Marta Pascual Berniola.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Paper dels macroinvertebrats bentònics com bioindicadors en la xarxa de control de la qualitat ecològica de les conques internes. Influència del regim hídric sobre l’estructura de la població.
Author: Gervasio Benito.
PhD Advisor: Miquel Selgot.
Codirectora: Mariàngels Puig Garcia.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

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Estrategias de defensa en macrófitos marinos.
Author: Adriana Vergés.
PhD Advisor: Javier Romero Martinengo.
Codirectora: Teresa Alcoverro Predola
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Estudio de los herbívoros y sus efectos en los ecosistemas de Posidonia oceanica.
Author: Patricia Prado.
PhD Advisor: Teresa Alcoverro Pedrola.
Codirector: Javier Romero Martinengo
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Aexual reproduction in demosponges: ecological and evolutive implications.
Author: Ana Riesgo.
PhD Advisor: Manuel Maldonado Barahona.
Codirectora: Mercè Durfort Coll.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Sponge culture: learning from biology and ecology.
Author: Sònia de Caralt Bosch.
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz Lespe.
Wageningen University

Sublethal effects of metal contamination on marine sponges: responses at different biological levels.
Author: Emma Cebrian Pujol.
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz Lespe.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Molecular markers for phylogenetic and population studies of the genus Scopalina (Porifera: Demospongiae).
Author: Andrea Blanquer.
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz Lespe.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

A set of indicators as a tool for beach management.
Author: Eduardo Ariza.
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá Borroy.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Valuation of Ecosystem Services in the Catalan Coastal Zone.
Author: Jorge Brenner-Guillermo.
PhD Advisor: José Antonio Jiménez Quintana.
Codirector: Rafael Sardá Borroy.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Nutrient dynamics and metabolism in Mediterranean streams affected by nutrient inputs from human activities.
Author: Gora Meserburger.
PhD Advisor: Francesc Sabater Comas.
Codirectora: Eugènia Martí Roca.
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Phylogeny, phylogeography and population structure in litoral fishes with different dispersal capabilities.
Author: Josep Carreras.
PhD Advisor: Marta Pascual Berniola.
Codirector: Enrique Macpherson Mayol.
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

Population ecology and conservation of a long-lived species: the red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata.
Author: Cristina Linares.
PhD Advisor: Rafel Coma Bau.
Codirector: Joaquim Garrabou Vancells
Universitat de Barcelona.  TESEO

The population structure and seasonal dynamics of Lepidonotus squamatus (Polychaeta, Polynoidae) in the White Sea.
Author: Maria V. Pljuscheva.
PhD Advisor: Daniel Martin Sintes.
A.N. Severzov Institute of Animal Ecology , Moscú.

Response of stream benthic communities to changes in discharge and nutrient availability.
Author: Jesús Ortiz.
Directora de tesi: Mariàngels Puig Gracia.
Codirector: Manel Poch Espallargas.
Universitat de Girona. TESEO

Implicacions del Desarrollo de la Acuicultura en la Zona Litoral del Mediterráneo Occidental.
Author: Carlo Tidu.
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá Borroy.
Universitat de Barcelona.TESEO

Lévy processes in animal movement and dispersal
Author: Bartumeus, Frederic
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalán & Ricard V. Solé
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award and Finalist of the UB Doctor’s Cloister Award

Pigments indicators: study of lakes in the Pyrenees signal and its application in Paleolimnology
Author: Buchaca, Teresa
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalán
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX
Ramon Margalef of Ecology Award by the Institute of Catalan Studies

Crustacean zooplankton dynamics in Lake Redon: A stoichiometric, biochemical and isotopic approach
Author: Ventura, Marc
PhD Advisor: Jordi Catalán
Universitat de Barcelona. TDX

 

Design of an environmental information system for use in integrated coastal zone management: application to the Costa Brava
Author: Mora Crespo, Joan
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá
Universitat de Girona. TDX

Reproduction patterns and early life stages ecology of the nesting fish Symphodus roissali (Risso)
Author: Raventós, Nuria
PhD Advisor: Enrique Macpherson
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Evolution of phytoplankton through river, coastal and pelagic systems in front of the Ebro River Delta, Mediterranean Sea NW
Author: Grimaldo, N.S.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Dynamics of Oligotrophic Pelagic Environments: NW Mediterranean Sea and Subtropical North Atlantic
Author: Bahamon, Nixon
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TDX

Structure and chemical ecology of sponge larvae and newly recruits
Author: Mariani, Simone
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz & Xavier Turon
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Spatial and temporal variation of the natural toxicity in benthic communities of Mediterranean caves
Author: Martí Lluch, Ruth
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz & Xavier Turon
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award

Chemical ecology and biological cycle of Zigomycale parishi (Porifera: Demospongiae)
Author: Vega, Cristina
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz& J.L. Carballo
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. TESEO

Factors affecting settlement and post- settlement processes in littoral marine fishes, focusing on Aidablennius sphinx
Author: Zika, Ulrike
PhD Advisor: Enrique Macpherson
Swiss Federal Intitute of Technology Zurich. TESEO

Structure and dynamics of Western Mediterranean soft-bottom communities along a disturbance gradient. Natural and man-induced viariability in the bay of Blanes
Autor: Pinedo, Susana
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá& Xavier Turon
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Phytoplankton in the North West Mediterranean
Author: Velasquez, Z.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Structure and dynamics of the benthic macrofauna in marine sediments submitted to domestic and industrial discharges: effect of the waters and residual sludge of the treatment plant of Sant Adrià del Besòs (Barcelonès)
Author: Cardell, María José
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Distribution of nutrients in the western Mediterranean (Gulf of León and Catalan Sea). Influence of physical factors
Author: Muniz Pereira da Costa, K.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Systematics, biology and ecology of the Mediterranean excavating sponges
Author: Rosell, Dolors
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO
UB Doctorate Extraordinary Award

An expert system architecture for taxonomic domains. An application in Porifera: the development of spongia
Author: Domingo Gou, Marta
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz& C. Sierra
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Chemically mediated bioactivity of the encrusting sponge Crambe crambe: ecological implications
Author: Becerro, Mikel
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz & Xavier Turon
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Simulation of long-range atmospheric transport on the northwestern Mediterranean: models of diffusion processes and career-deposition
Author: Alarcón, M.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

The coastal sponges of Alboran: systematics and biogeography
Author: Maldonado, Manuel
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

Macroinfauna of a Mediterranean Bay: Study of the levels of organization of the populations of Annelida Poliquetos
Author: Martin, Daniel
PhD Advisor: Rafael Sardá
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO

The deepest chlorophyll: Simulation of physical and biological processes
Author: Varela, R.E.
PhD Advisor: Antonio Cruzado
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. TESEO

Fauna of Baleares sponges: Qualitative and quantitative variations of the sponge population in a bathymetric gradient
Author: Bibiloni, María Antonia
PhD Advisor: María Jesús Uriz
Universitat de Barcelona. TESEO