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Dra.  Romani Cornet, Anna Maria

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Grup de recerca en Ecologia aquàtica continental (GRECO)

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MSc degree: Biology, 1992, University of Barcelona

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

Present position: “Professora Titular” (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:

Giulia Gionchetta (2019), 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:

-Judit Boadella (“Effect of drought on microbial biofilms in saline systems”, 2019-).-Anna Doménech (PhD, “Climate change projections on soil microbial function and diversity: effects of drought and warming“, University of Girona, 2021-).-Nuria Rubio (PhD, “Translating microbial community change in fluvial biofilms to ecosystem services provision”, ESR 12 Prorisk project, University of Girona, 2020-).-Lucie Laffet (PhD, “Impact et devenir de la pollution plastique dans les cours d'eau de montagne“, Université Clermont Auvergne, 2020-), Co-advisor with Joan Artigas.

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

Supervisor of Post-docs visits: JP Casas (JdC, 2020-), L. Cibils (2016), V. Díaz-Villanueva (2009-2010), short-postdocs (N. Perujo, 2018-19 and 2021, J. Mora, 2015-2016, L. Proia, 2015, I. Ylla, 2012).

Supervisor of Master projects: Mar Oliva (2021-), Joan Ferriol (2021), Anna Doménech (2020), Judit Boadella (2019), Núria Perujo (2013-2014), Anna Freixa (2011), Juanita Mora (2011), Núria de Castro (2010), Jordi Font (2010), Alba Balés (2008), Gemma Vidal (2008), Irene Ylla (2007), J. Artigas (2004)

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, M. Oliva (grants from the Spanish Ministry for undergraduate students to collaborate in a University Department, 2016, 2017 and 2021).

Editor, referee, and evaluator:

Associate Editor for Limnology and Oceanography, 2012-

Associate Editor for Aquatic Microbial Ecology journal, 2020-

Member of the Editorial Board for Freshwater Biology Journal. 2017-

Regular referee for a number of journals: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Ecology Letters, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Ecology, Global Change Biology, Hydrobiologia, ISME Journal, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Microbial Ecology, Oikos, Science of the Total Environment, Water Research, Water Resources 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), BiodivERsA projects.

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), “comité de pilotage” for PhD students (France).

Member of thesis defense committees (about two per year).

Committee for university associate professor positions (Spain) (3 times in the last 5 years), committee for university habilitation (Germany) (2020). Committee for Post-doctoral grants (Catalonia “Beatriu de Pinós” panel grants 2019 and 2020). External reviewer Postdoctoral grants in Switzerland (2020).



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.


Total publications: 111, H index 44 (Scholar)  

Selection of recent publications

Perujo, N., Romaní, A.M., Martín-Fernández, J.A. 2020. Microbial community-level physiological profiles: Considering whole data set and integrating dynamics of colour development. Ecological Indicators, 117, 106628. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106628

Gionchetta, J., Artigas, J., Arias-Real, R., Oliva, F., Romaní, A.M. 2020. Multi-model assessment of hydrological and environmental impacts on streambed microbes in Mediterranean catchments. Environmental Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14990

Mora-Gómez, J., D. Boix, S. Duarte, F. Cássio, C. Pascoal, A. Elosegi, A.M. Romaní. 2019. Legacy of Summer Drought on Autumnal Leaf Litter Processing in a Temporary Mediterranean Stream. Ecosystems, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00451-0.

Tsiaprazi-Stamoua A., Ylla Monfort I., Romaní A.M., Bakalisa S., Gkatzionisa K. 2019. The synergistic effect of enzymatic detergents on biofilm cleaning from different surfaces. Biofouling, The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research, DOI 10.1080/08927014.2019.1666108

Gionchetta, G., Romaní, A. M., Oliva, F., Artigas, J. 2019. Distinct responses from bacterial, archaeal and fungal streambed communities to severe hydrological disturbances. Scientific Reports, 13506, 9 (1). DOI  - 10.1038/s41598-019-49832-4.

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,  doi.org/10.1007/s00248-019-01330-w.

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,doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.12.001.

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

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

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, 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.


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:

Gionchetta G., A. Frossard, L. Bañeras and A.M. Romaní. 2020. Changes in Precipitation Patterns: Responses and Strategies from Streambed Sediment and Soil Microbes. In:  J. Marxsen (Ed.), Climate Change and Microbial Ecology: Current Research and Future Trends (Second Edition), Caister Academic Press, ISBN: 978-1-913652-58-6,DOI: https://doi.org/10.21775/9781913652579

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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