Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Ecology.

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    01/07/2020 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Isabel Reche, from the Department of Ecology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

Professor Reche has been working on the influence of Saharan dust on aquatic ecosystems and its role as a vector of microbial dispersal. In addition, she has contributed in several oceanographic cruises to Antarctica and in the most emblematic worldwide oceanographic cruise in the last decades, the circumnavigation Malaspina 2010, to provide insights into the nature and function of dissolved organic matter and exopolymer particles in the global carbon cycle. She is an expert on spectroscopic properties of dissolved organic matter and on assembling /fragmentation dynamics of exopolymer particles and their fate in the ocean. More recently, her research is focused on the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands and reservoirs, particularly on the climatic forcing by greenhouse gases emissions from these ecosystems and their links with extreme climatic events.

Professor Reche belongs to the governance board of the interdisciplinary research unit “Modeling Nature: from nano to macro” (MNat). MNat unit emerges from synergies and collaborations among different scientific groups mostly established at the University of Granada. These interdisciplinary collaborations are based on the combination of mathematical models, simulations, and big data analysis to address fundamental and applied problems in the context of tumour dynamics, ecology, developmental biology, biomechanics, and physics of new materials. She is responsible for the interdisciplinary area: “Complex adaptive systems at multiple scales in evolutionary and global ecology”.

Project description

Terrestrial aquatic ecosystems are significant sources of greenhouse gases (GHG), including CO2, CH4 and N2O. Globally, eutrophic reservoirs appear to be significant sources of CH4, but the existing estimates of GHG emissions from reservoirs are still uncertain. Mediterranean reservoirs are characterized by hydrological and thermal regimes with extreme seasonal changes leading to large fluctuations in the volume of water stored. Episodic water-level drawdowns due to seasonal changes, and reservoir management for irrigation or hydropower production induce significant increases in methane emissions, mostly through ebullition. Climatic warming with increasing frequencies of extreme events such as torrential rains and severe droughts also affect the volume fluctuations. Accurate up-scaled estimates of global GHG emissions have to be based on more extensive observational data sets, including reservoirs continuously sampled to capture circadian, seasonal, synoptic, and inter-annual variability. We need to identify the physical and biogeochemical drivers that control the changes in gas emissions to formulate basin-scale mass balances of these substances, so that the few measurements existing can be interpolated in time and extrapolated to other systems and include reservoirs in the GHG inventories. We monitor GHG fluxes using high-time resolution instrumentation such as an eddy covariance tower (CO2, CH4), funnel-shaped automated gas traps (CH4), echo-sounder (CH4), and laser-based cavity-ring down spectroscopy gas analyzer (CO2, CH4, N2O) in the water columns and the land-water interfaces. These time-series along with time series obtained for physical and biogeochemical variables are processed to build useful models to manage reservoirs based on scientific knowledge.

Research Area

Environment and Geosciences (ENV) and Life Sciences (LIFE).

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Isabel Reche (ireche@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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