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Grup de recerca en Ecologia aquàtica continental (GRECO)

Complete CV


MSc degree: Biology, 1992, University of Barcelona

Doctorate degree: PhD Biology, 1997, University of Barcelona.

Present position: “Profesora Titular de Universidad” (Associate Professor), University of Girona, (2010-).

Previous positions:

Serra Húnter Associate Professor, University of Girona (2007-2010).

Associate Professor, Temporary worker, University of Girona (2006-2007)

“Ramón y Cajal” researcher (five year contract as a postdoctoral senior researcher), Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Girona (2001- 2006).

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Barcelona and Fundació Bosch i Gimpera (2000- 2001).

Teacher of Environmental Sciences (Novaula, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona), 1999.

Environmental Technician work, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Parc de Collserola, Barcelona (1998-1999)

FPU Grant (PhD Grant, Spanish Ministry of Science and Education) (1993-1996)

University Management positions:

Coordinator of the Doctorate Program in Water Science and Technology of the University of Girona (2017-).

Vicedean of the Sciences Faculty, University of Girona (2012-2016).

Research at foreign centers:

School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales and Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Bangor, United Kingdom, 1993 (predoctoral).

Limnologische FlussStation des Max-Plank-Instituts für Limnologie, Schlitz, Germany, 1995 (predoctoral).

Department of Limnology, Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2004 (postdoctoral).

Supervisor of PhD thesis:

Núria Perujo (2018), Anna Freixa (2016), Vannak Ann (2015), Juanita Mora (2014), Lorenzo Proia (2012), Irene Ylla (2011), Joan Artigas (2008).

Currently advisor of the following PhD students:

-Giulia Gionchetta (“Drought impacts on heterotrophic riverbed communities of temporary streams”, 2016-).

Other supervisor work (post-docs, master, Erasmus, undergraduate):

Supervisor of Post-docs visits: V. Díaz-Villanueva (2009-2010), L. Cibils (2016), short-postdocs (I. Ylla, 2012; L. Proia, 2015; J. Mora, 2015-2016, N. Perujo, 2018-19).

Supervisor of Master projects: Joan Artigas (2004), Irene Ylla (2007), Gemma Vidal (2008), Alba Balés (2008), Jordi Font (2010), Núria de Castro (2010), Juanita Mora (2011), Anna Freixa (2011), Núria Perujo (2013-2014).

Every year advisor of 1-3 Final degree projects and Erasmus-incoming students. Advisor of undergraduate grant recipient students: N. Maeso (2016), N. Morales (2017) (BTI grants from UdG  - “Beques de transferència i innovació”), N. Maeso, J. Boadella (grants from the Spanish Ministry for undergraduate students to collaborate in a University Department, 2016 and 2017).

Editor, referee, and evaluator:

Associate Editor for Limnology and Oceanography (2012-)

Member of the Editorial Board for Freshwater Biology journal (2017-)

Regular referee for a number of Journals such as: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Aquatic Toxicology, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Global Change Biology, ISME Journal, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Microbial Ecology, Oikos, PlosONE, Science of the Total Environment, Water Research among others.

Reviewer of research projects: National Projects-ANEP (National Evaluation and Foresight Agency), Committee for the Evaluation of National Projects (2012). DFG (German Research Foundation), “Castilla y León” region projects, Austrian Science Foundation, French National Research Agency (ANR).

External evaluator of PhD thesis: ETH Zürich (Switzerland), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Vienna (Austria), Université Clermont-Auvergne (France), Iberian Association of Limnology Award (2012), Member of thesis defense committees (about one/two per year), “comité de pilotage” for PhD students (France). Committee for university associate professor positions (Spain), committee for university habilitation (Germany).


Currently teaching at the Biology and Environmental Sciences degrees: General Ecology, Practicum in Ecology, Methods in Ecology.

Currently teaching at the Master in Science and Technology of Water Resources.

Recent invited conferences:

Enzymes in the Environment: Activity, Ecology and Applications. Bangor, Wales (UK), 2016. Member of the Scientific Committee and Invited conference in plenary session.

Invited conference at the DGP2015 (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Protozoologie, German Society for Protozoology), March 3-6 2015, Magdeburg. Invited conference at CREA (Center for Water Resources), Barcelona, 29-11-2018.

Workshop organization:

Biogeochemistry in intermittent streams: techniques and concepts, COST SMIRES Training School, Cost Action CA15113, 25-29 September 2017 Caldes de Malavella, Girona, Spain. Chair, trainer and organizer.

4th Biofilm Workshop, Basis and application of biofilms to assess the effects of environmental change in aquatic ecosystems. Girona, 7-8 April 2016. Member of the Scientific and Organizing committee.


Total publications: 102, H index 35 (Web of Science)  

Selection of recent publications

Pastor, A., Freixa, A., Skovsholt, L.J., Wu, N., Romaní, A.M., Riis, T. 2019. Microbial organic matter utilization in high-Arctic streams: key enzymatic controls. Microbial Ecology, in press,

Arce MI, Mendoza-Lera C, Almagro M., Catalan N, Romaní AM, Martí E, et al. 2019. A conceptual framework for understanding the biogeochemistry of dry riverbeds through the lens of soil science. Earth-Science Reviews,188: 441-453,

Gionchetta, G., Oliva F., Menéndez M., Lopez Laseras P., Romaní A.M. 2019. Key role of streambed moisture and flash storms for microbial resistance and resilience to long-term drought. Freshwater Biology, 64:306–322, DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13218

Perujo, N.; Romaní, A.; Sanchez-Vila, X. 2018. Bilayer infiltration system combines benefits from both coarse and fine sands promoting nutrient accumulation in sediments and increasing removal rates. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(10): 5734-5743. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00771

Mora-Gómez J., Duarte S., Cássio F., Pascoal C., Romaní A.M. 2018. Microbial decomposition is highly sensitive to leaf litter emersion in a permanent temperate stream. Science of the Total Environment, 621:486-496, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.055.

Rubol S., A. Freixa, X. Sanchez-Vila & A. M. Romaní. 2018. Linking biofilm spatial structure to real-time microscopic oxygen decay imaging, Biofouling, 34:2, 200-211, DOI: 10.1080/08927014.2017.1423474

Amalfitano S., Fazi S., Ejarque E., Freixa A., Romaní A.M., Butturini A. 2017. Deconvolution model to resolve cytometric microbial community patterns in flowing waters. Cytometry: Part A, DOI: 10.1002/cyto.a.23304

Carles Brangarí A., Sanchez-Vila X., Freixa A., Romaní A.M., Rubol S., Fernàndez-Garcia D. 2017. A mechanistic model (BCC-PSSICO) to predict changes in the hydraulic properties for bio-amended variably saturated soils. Water Resources Research, in press, DOI:10.1002/2015WR018517.

Duarte S., Mora-Gómez J., Romaní A.M., Cássio F., Pascoal C. 2017. Responses of microbial decomposers to drought in streams may depend on the environmental context. Environmental Microbiology Reports, doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12592.

Ejarque E., Freixa A., Vazquez E., Guarch-Ribot A., Amalfitano S., Fazi S., Romaní A.M., Butturini A. 2017. Quality and reactivity of dissolved organic matter in a Mediterranean river across hydrological and spatial gradients. Science of the Total Environment, 599–600: 1802–1812.

Freixa A., Acuña V., Casellas M., Pecheva S., Romaní A.M. 2017. Warmer night-time temperature promotes microbial heterotrophic activity and modifies stream sediment community. Global Change Biology, in press, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13664.

Perujo N., Sanchez-Vila X., Proia L., Romaní A.M. 2017. Interaction between physical heterogeneity and microbial processes in subsurface sediments: a laboratory-scale column experiment. Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06506.

Proia L., Romaní A.M., Sabater, S. 2017. Biofilm phosphorus uptake capacity as a tool for the assessment of pollutant effects in river ecosystems. Ecotoxicology, in press, DOI 10.1007/s10646-017-1761-z.

Battin T.J., Besemer K., Bengtsson M.M., Romani A.M., Packmann A.I. 2016. The ecology and biogeochemistry of stream biofilms. Nature Reviews Microbiology 14: 251-263.

Butturini A., Guarch A., Romaní A.M., Freixa A., Amalfitano S., Fazi S., Ejarque E. 2016.  Hydrological conditions control in situ DOM retention and release along a Mediterranean river. Water Research 99: 33-45.

Freixa A., Rubol S., Carles-Brangarí A., Fernàndez-Garcia D., Butturini A., Sanchez-Vila X., Romaní A.M. 2016. The effects of sediment depth and oxygen concentration on the use of organic matter: an experimental study using an infiltration sediment tank. Science of the Total Environment, 540: 20-31, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.007.

Freixa A., Ejarque E., Crognale S., Amalfitano S., Fazi S., Butturini A., Romaní A.M. 2016. Sediment microbial communities rely on different dissolved organic matter sources along a Mediterranean river continuum. Limnology and Oceanography, 61: 1389–1405, doi: 10.1002/lno.10308.

Mora-Gómez J., Elosegi A., Duarte S., Cássio F., Pascoal C., Romaní A.M., 2016. Differences in the sensitivity of fungi and bacteria to season and invertebrates affect leaf litter decomposition in a Mediterranean stream. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 92 (8): fiw121, doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiw121.

Tuulaikhuu, B.A., Romaní, A.M., Guasch, H. 2015. Arsenic toxicity effects on microbial communities and nutrient cycling in indoor experimental channels mimicking a fluvial system. Aquatic Toxicology, 166:72-82.

Mas-Martí E., A.M. Romaní, I. Muñoz. 2015. Consequences of warming and resource quality on the stoichiometry and nutrient cycling of a stream shredder. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118520. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118520.

Romaní, A.M., Borrego, C.M., Díaz-Villanueva, V., Freixa, A., Gich, F., Ylla, I. 2014. Shifts in microbial community structure and function in light and dark grown biofilms driven by warming. Environmental Microbiology, 16: 2550–2567.

Ylla, I., Canhoto, C., Romaní, A.M. 2014. Effects of warming on stream biofilm organic matter use capabilities. Microbial Ecology, 68:132–145.

Book Edition:

Romaní, AM., Guasch, H., and Balaguer, M.D (Eds) 2016. Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment | Book, xii + 230 pages. Caister Academic Press. ISBN: 978-1-910190-17-3.

Recent book Chapters:

Romaní A.M., Chauvet E., Febria C., Mora-Gómez J., Risse-Buhl U., Timoner X., Weitere M., Zeglin L. 2017. The biota of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: prokaryotes, fungi and protozoans. In: Thibault Datry, Núria Bonada & Andrew Boulton (eds.) Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: Ecology and Management. ISBN: 978-0-12-803835-2, Elsevier, Academic Press, 2017, pp. 161-188.Academic Press, 2017, pp. 161-188. Elsevier, In press.

Romaní, A.M., Boulêtreau, S., Villanueva, V.D., Garabetian, F., Marxsen, J., Norf, H., Pohlon, E., Weitere, M. (2016): Microbes in aquatic biofilms under the effect of changing climate. In: Marxsen, J. (ed.) Climate change and microbial ecology: Current research and future trends. ISBN: 978-1-910190-31-9, Caister Academic Press, pp 83-96.

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