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Argudo Fernández, María. 2021. Microbial communities responses in fluvial biofilms under metal stressed scenarios. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Frederic Gich & Helena Guasch.

Bas Silvestre, Maria. 2021. Ecosystem functioning of Mediterranean confined coastal lagoons: ecosystem metabolism, main drivers and phytoplankton community. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Xavier Quintana.

Rocha, Barbbara da Silva. 2021. Compreendendo padrões de sincronia e ecologia da invasão em peixes de água doce utilizando os atributos das espécies. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brasil. Supervisors: Marcus V. Cianciaruso & Emili García-Berthou.

Rubio-Gracia, Francesc. 2021. Influence of flow alteration and metal pollution on stream biota: from species to community-level responses. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Vila-Gispert (UdG) & Helena Guasch (CEAB-CSIC).


Colls Lozano, Miriam. 2020. Biofilm responses to flow intermittency in Mediterranean rivers. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Vicenç Acuña.

Cunillera-Montcusí, David. 2020. Resilience of aquatic metacommunities. Implications for disturbance impacts and recovery. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón

González Trujillo, Juan David. 2020. Dissecting the assembly process of benthic communities from Neotropical streams. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona & Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & John Charles Donato.

Tornero Pinilla, Irene. 2020. Metacommunities and biodiversity patterns in Mediterranean temporary ponds: the role of pond size, network connectivity and dispersal mode. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón


Gionchetta, Giulia. 2019. At the edge of aquatic systems: intermittent streambed microbial communities responses to hydrological alterations. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Romaní & Joan Artigas

Latorre Espeso, Dani. 2019. Effects of environmental conditions on phenotypic plasticity of fishes in Iberian Waters: life-history, physiological and morphological traits. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Vila-Gispert & David Almeida Real

Mor Roy, Jordi-René. 2019. Flow alteration and wastewater inputs effects on freshwater communities in Mediterranean rivers. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors:  Sergi Sabater & Isabel Muñoz

Romero Blanch, Ferran. 2019. Multiple stressor effects on river biofilm communities: from community composition to ecosystem processes using experimental mesocosms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona i Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Vicenç Acuña




Freixa, Anna. 2016. Function and Structure of river sediment biofilms and their role in dissolved organic matter utilization. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Anna Romaní

dos Santos, Natália C.L. 2016. Sistemas de reservatórios em série: Influência sobre a biodiversidade e o funcionamento dos ecossistemas. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Brasil. Supervisors:  Angelo A. Agostinho & Emili García-Berthou

Merciai, Roberto. 2016. Effects of global change on fish assemblages in Mediterranean streams. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors:  Emili García-Berthou & Sergi Sabater

Tuulaikhuu, Baigal-amar. 2016. Influences of toxicants on freshwater biofilms and fish: from experimental approaches to statistical models. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona, Supervisors: Helena Guasch & Emili García-Berthou


Aguilera Becker, Rosana. 2015. Effects of land uses and climate variability in the water quality of Mediterranean rivers: towards a regional vision of global change. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Rafael Marcé

Ann, Vannak. 2015. Linking river sediment physical properties to biofilm biomass and activity. PhD. Thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Andrea Butturini

Escoriza Boj, Daniel. 2015. Factors regulating the invasion of two Mediterranean anurans: Discoglossus pictus and Hyla meridionalis. The role of niche conservatism, species interactions and habitat selection. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Daniel Boix

Naspleda Feixas, Joan. 2015. Variabilitat morfològica i ús de l'hàbitat de l'espècie exòtica peix sol (Lepomis gibbosus) en ecosistemes mediterranis. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna Vila-Gispert & Lluis Zamora Hernández

Ponsatí, Lídia. 2015. Biofilm responses to physical and chemical alteration in river ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Sergi Sabater

Srean, Pao. 2015. Understanding the ecological success of two worldwide fish invaders (Gambusia holbrooki and Gambusia affinis). Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou



Bonet, Berta. 2013. Antioxidant enzyme activities in fluvial biofilms as biomarkers of metal pollution. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Helena Guasch

Carmona-Catot, Gerard. 2013. Explaining the invasive success of the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki): the role of temperature. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou

Miguel Chinchilla, Leticia. 2013. Physicochemical and macroinvertebrate community trends in manmade ponds constructed in reclaimed opencast coal mines. Ph.D. thesis, Universidad de Alcalá. Supervisors: Francisco A. Comín, Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón


Corcoll, Natàlia. 2012. The use of pulse amplitude modulated fluorescence techniques for metal toxicity assessment in fluvial biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Helena Guasch & Manel Leira

Proia, Lorenzo. 2012. Biofilm responses to multiple stressors associated to global change in river ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Sergi Sabater

Ruhí, Albert. 2012. Primary succession in man-made wetlands: biodiversity, structure and dynamics of macrofaunal assemblagesPh.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Dani Boix & Stéphanie Gascón


Bonninneau, Chloé. 2011. Contribution of antioxidant enzymes to toxicity assessment in fluvial biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Helena Guasch

Faggiano, Leslie. 2011. Modelling of the effects of toxic substances in freshwater ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France). Supervisors: Sovan Lek, Emili García-Berthou & Muriel Gevrey

Ricart Viladomat, Marta. 2011. Effects of priority and emerging pollutants on river biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Helena Guasch

Ylla Monfort, Irene. 2011. Availability and use of organic matter in stream ecosystems: the role of biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Sergi Sabater & Anna M. Romaní



Gallardo Armas, Belinda. 2009. Aquatic community patterns across environmental gradients in a Mediterranean floodplain and their application to ecosystem restoration. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Francisco A. Comín & Stéphanie Gascón

Serra Gasa, Alexandra. 2009. Fate and effects of copper in fluvial ecosystems: the role of periphyton. University of Girona. Supervisor: Helena Guasch

Tornés Bes, Elisabet. 2009. Distributional patterns of diatom communities in Mediterranean rivers. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Sergi Sabater


Artigas Alejo, Joan. 2008. The role of fungi and bacteria on the organic matter decomposition process in streams: interaction and relevance in biofilms. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisors: Anna M. Romaní & Sergi Sabater

Benejam, Lluís. 2008. Fish as ecological indicators in Mediterranean freshwater ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis, University of Girona. Supervisor: Emili García-Berthou

Santos, Alejandra F.G.N. 2008. Uso de juvenis de peixes carnívoros nativos no controle da ictiofauna invasora na Bacia do Rio Paraná. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá (Brasil). Supervisors: Carmino Hayashi & Emili García-Berthou

Santos, Luciano Neves dos. 2008. Uso de habitats artificiais no manejo e conservação de recursos pesqueiros em ecossistemas lênticos. Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá (Brasil). Supervisors: Angelo A. Agostinho & Emili García-Berthou



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