Permanent lecturer at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Ecology from 1991 to 2001, later Full Professor of Ecology at the University of Girona since 2003. Senior researcher and Deputy Director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) since 2008. His research is focused on the ecology of fluvial ecosystems, especially on the ecology of river algae and biofilms, the ecotoxicology of biofilms, the metabolism and functioning of fluvial systems, and the effects of global change on fluvial systems. Within these, he is particularly interested in the effects of water scarcity and co-occurring multiple stressors. He has co-edited several books and published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers on ecology and environmental sciences in international scientific journals, and about 60 other contributions. He has taken part in more than 30 research projects both national and international, as well as in more than 20 R&D&i contracts with companies and government departments.
Selected recent SCI publications:
Irene Ylla, Anna M. Romaní, Carles Borrego, Sergi Sabater. 2009. Availability of glucose and light modulate the structure and function of a microbial biofilm. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 69: 27-42.
Joan Artigas, Anna M. Romaní, Ainhoa Gaudes, Isabel Muñoz, Sergi Sabater. 2009. Benthic structure and metabolism in a Mediterranean stream: from biological communities to the whole stream ecosystem function. Freshwater Biology 54: 2025-2036
Marta Ricart , Helena Guasch , Damià Barceló , Rikke Brix , Maria H. Conceição, Anita Geiszinger, Maria José López de Alda, Julio C. López-Doval, Isabel Muñoz, Anna M. Romaní, Marta Villagrasa, Sergi Sabater. 2010. Primary and complex stressors in polluted Mediterranean rivers: pesticide effects on biological communities. Journal of Hydrology 383:52-61.
Dani Boix, Emili García-Berthou, Stéphanie Gascón, Lluís Benejam, Elisabet Tornés, Jordi Sala, Josep Benito, Antoni Munné, Carolina Solà and Sergi Sabater. 2010. Response of community structure to sustained drought in Mediterranean rivers. Journal of Hydrology 383:135-146.
Stevenson, RJ and S Sabater. 2010. Understanding global change in River Ecosystems: Science to support Policy in a Changing World. Hydrobiologia 657:3-18.
Sergi Sabater, Joan Artigas, Ainhoa Gaudes, Isabel Muñoz , Gemma Urrea and Anna M. Romaní. 2011. Moderate long-term nutrient input enhances autotrophy in a forested Mediterranean stream. Freshwater Biology 56, 1266–1280.
Timoner X., Acuña V., von Schiller D. and Sabater, S. Functional responses of stream biofilms to flow cessation, desiccation and rewetting. 2012. Freshwater Biology 57, 8: 1565-78
Ruiz-González, Clara, Lorenzo Proia, Isabel Ferrera, Josep M. Gasol, and Sergi Sabater. 2013. Effects of large river dam-regulation on bacterioplankton community structure. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 84, 2: 316- 331
Acuña, V. , T. Datry, J. Marshall, D. Barceló, C. N. Dahm, A. Ginebreda, G. McGregor, S. Sabater, K. Tockner, M. A. Palmer. 2014. Why Should We Care about Temporary Waterways? Science 343: 1080-1081
Edited Special Issues
“Water Quality and Assessment under Scarcity. Prospects and challenges in Mediterranean watersheds”. Journal of Hydrology. Volume 383, Issues 1-2 (2010), pages 1-146. Edited by Damia Barceló, Sergi Sabater
“Global Change and River Ecosystems- Implications for structure, function and ecosystem services” Hydrobiologia 657. 2010. Edited by R. J. Stevenson & S. Sabater
“Recent Perspectives on Temporary River Ecology”. Aquatic Sciences. Guest Editors: Thibault Datry, David B. Arscott & Sergi Sabater 2011.
“Understanding effects of global change on water quantity and quality in river basins”. Guest Editors: Alicia Navarro, Sergi Sabater, Damià Barceló. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 19, 2012.