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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
  • Hardworking, passionate professional with a proven background in biology, especially in ecology. Biology PhD degree obtained at the University of Girona (Spain).
  • Solid research track record (proposal designs, field and laboratory samplings, sample processing, data analysis, statistics experience and skilled writer).
  • Proven capacity to publish world-class research with publications in high impact journals and to spread the obtained results in international research conferences (oral and poster presentations).
  • Experience in teaching at the university level at national and international universities. Teaching theoretical and practical lessons of ecology at the University of Girona, University of Uppsala (Sweden) and University of Coimbra (Portugal).
  • Experience to implement and fund research projects to study biology issues. Familiarity in leading interdisciplinary teams for the planning and development of projects in ecology collaborating with other university and research groups.
  • Verbal and written fluency in English, Catalan and Spanish. Basic level of French and Portuguese.
ACADEMIC EDUCATION
  • European Doctorate in Biology, University of Girona (Spain), January 2011.
    • Thesis title: Availability and use of organic matter in stream ecosystems: the role of biofilms.
    • Supervisors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní & Dr. Sergi Sabater
  • Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA), University of Girona (Spain), October 2007.
    • Title: Biological Interactions and benthic communities in river metabolism.
    • Supervisors: Dr. Anna M. Romaní & Dr. Sergi Sabater.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, University of Girona (Spain), June 2004.
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
  • Environmental instructor at “Centre d’estudis dels rius Mediterranis (CERM)”. Environmental education at high school level. Practical and theoretical lessons. January-June 2012.
  • Field and teaching assistant of “Màster de l’aigua”, University of Girona. Taught ecology and limnology aspects (water ecological state, sources and sinks of water contamination, eutrophication concept, sampling of macroinvertebrates, benthic stream communities, stream water; laboratory samples analyses). Years 2010-2011.
  • Invited professor at the University of Coimbra and University of Uppsala. Lecture about new issues and trends in limnology.
  • Spanish academic certificate “Certificat d’Aptitud Pedagògica” CAP. Training teaching lessons at the “Institut de Montilivi” (Girona). June 2009.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • “Itram Higiene S.L.” Food Hygiene.

Work as R&D Technical Manager. June 2015- present.

  • “Casa Mas” food enterprise.

Worked as Quality Manager and I+D development. April 2013- May 2015.

  • Catalan private foundation “Centre d’Estudis dels Rius Mediterranis (CERM).

Worked with river restoration, fish connectivity, dam’s removal, electrofishing, macroinvertebrate samplings and environmental education.

Supervised by Marc Ordeix. January 2012 – June 2012.

  • University of Girona, Department of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Aquatic Ecology.

Student researcher. Planned, organized and conducted studies of limnology (role of fluvial biofilms in the C cycling, eutrophication of the river Ebro, warming and temporality effects on river organic matter). January 2008- December 2012.

Research assistant. Served as field and laboratory assistant in support of University of Girona projects. April 2005- December 2007.

  • Institute of Food Research and Technology (IRTA-Monells).

Examine the direct and indirect effect of food toxins for private enterprises. September 2004 – February 2005.
 

  • University of Girona. Department of Biology, Microbial ecology group.

Analyse effects of Staphylococcus xylosus on meat products.  Maintained isolated strain cultures. September 2003 – June 2004.

  • “Casa Tarradellas” food enterprise

Worked as laboratory assistant in control food quality. Summers of 2001, 2002 and 2003.

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS
  • Project: Biofilm-biogeochemical hot-spots in Mediterranean rivers. Microbial structure and functioning and implications for water quality management

Funded by: Ministerio de Educación y Tecnología (CGL2011-30151-C02-01)

Duration: 2012-2014

Leader researcher: Dr. A. M. Romaní (University of Girona)

  • Project: Predicting the effect of global warming on stream ecosystems, PTDC/CLI/67180/2006, FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-007112

Funded by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia de Portugal

Duration: 2008-2012

Leader researcher: Dr. Cristina Canhoto (University of Coimbra)

  • Project: Warming and temporality effects on river organic matter processing (warmtemp)

Funded by: Ministerio de Educación y Tecnología CGL2008-05618-C02/BOS

Duration: 2009-2012

Leader researcher: Dr. A. M. Romaní (University of Girona)

  • Project: Cambios globales en sistemas fluviales: efectos sobre la biodiversidad, la red trófica y el funcionamiento del sistema (GLOBRIO).

Funded by: Fundación BBVA

Duration: 2006-2009

Leader researcher: Dr. Sergi Sabater (University of Girona)

  • Project: Análisis de la biomasa de algas (clorofilas) planctónicas y bentónicas en el eje principal del río Ebro.

Funded by: Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro

Duration: 2005-2010

Leader researcher: Dr. S. Sabater (University of Girona)

  • Project: Procesos biológicos determinantes en el funcionamiento de sistemas fluviales Mediterráneos. 1- interacciones en el biofilm.

Funded by: Ministerio de Educación y Tecnología.  (CGL2005-06739-CO2/ BOS).

Duration: 2005-2008

Leader researcher: Dr. A. M. Romaní (University of Girona)

  • Project: Patterns of biofilm formation: changes in community structure and metabolism under different light and temperature conditions.

Funded by: Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. Programa nacional de cooperación internacional en ciencia y tecnología. (ha2004-0020)

Duration: 2005-2007       

Leader researcher: Dr. A. M. Romaní (University of Girona)

  • Project: Estructura y función del biofilm fluvial: efecto del bosque de ribera e implicaciones para la calidad del agua.

Funded by: CICYT, Ministerio de Educación y Tecnología.  (REN2002-04442-C02-02 /GLO)

Duration: 2002-2005

Leader researcher: Dr. S. Sabater (University of Girona)

PUBLICATIONS

JOURNALS

  • Ylla, I., Hannes, P., Romaní, A. M., S. & Tranvik, L. 2013. Different diversity-functioning relationship in lake and stream bacterial communities. FEMS Microbial Ecology. Accepted.
  • Romaní, A. M., Amalfitano, S., Artigas, J., Fazi, S., Sabater, S., Timoner, X., Ylla, I &  Zoppini A. M. 2012. Microbial biofilm structure and organic matter use in Mediterranean streams. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-012-1302-y.
    • Area: Marine and Freshwater Biology
    • Impact factor: 1.754
    • Quartile: 27/88
  • Ylla, I., Romaní, A. M. & Sabater, S. 2012. Labile and recalcitrant organic matter utilization by river biofilm under increasing water temperature. DOI 10.1007/s00248-012-0062-6. Microbial Ecology
    • Area: Marine and Freshwater Biology
    • Impact factor 2010: 2.875
    • Quartile: 12/93
  • Peter, H., Ylla, I., Gudasz, C., Romaní, A. M., Sabater, S. & Tranvik, L. 2011. Multifunctionality and diversity in bacterial biofilms. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23225. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0023225
    • Area: Biology
    • Impact factor: 4.411
    • Quartile: 12/86
  • Ylla, I., Sanpera, I., Muñoz, I., Romaní, A. M. & Sabater, S. 2011. Organic matter characteristics in a Mediterranean stream through amino acid composition: changes driven by intermittency. Aquatic Sciences 73: 523-535.
    • Area: Limnology
    • Impact factor: 2.106
    • Quartile: 7/18
  • Ylla, I., Sanpera, I., Vázquez, E., Romaní, A. M., Muñoz, I., Butturini, A. & Sabater, S. 2010. Organic matter availability during pre- and post-drought periods in a Mediterranean stream. Hydrobiologia 657:217-232.
    • Area: Marine and Freshwater Biology
    • Impact factor: 1.754
    • Quartile: 27/88
  • Ylla, I., Borrego, C., Romaní, A. M. & Sabater, S. 2009. Availability of glucose and light modulates the structure and function of a microbial biofilm. FEMS Microbial Ecology 69: 27-42.
    • Area: Microbiology
    • Impact factor: 3.598
    • Quartile: 26/94
  • Sabater, S., Artigas, J., Durán, C., Pardos, M., Romaní, A. M., Tornés, E. & Ylla, I. 2008. Longitudinal development of chlorophyll and phytoplankton assemblages in a regulated large river (the Ebro River). Science of the Total Environment 404: 196-206.
    • Area: Environmental Sciences
    • Impact factor: 2.579
    • Quartile: 33/163
  • Ylla, I., Romaní, A. M. & Sabater, S. 2007. Differential effects of nutrients and light on the primary production of stream algae and mosses. Fundamental and Applied Limnology (Arch. Hydrobiol) 170/1: 1-10.
    • Area: Marine and Freshwater Biology
    • Impact factor: 1.362
    • Quartile: 35/86

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Romaní, A. M., Artigas, J & Ylla, I. 2012. Biofilm community function. 3 – Enzyme activities In. Gillian Lewis and Gavin Lear (ed.). Microbial Biofilms: Current Research, Methods and Applications. New Zealand (Australia).
ATTENDENCE TO CONGRESSES AND CONFERENCES

2012

  • Conference: Euromediterranean network of experimental and representative basin

Title: Fourteen years of hydro-biogeochemical and ecological monitoring in a Mediterranean catchment. Its past, present and fragile future.

Authors: Butturini, A., Acuña, V., Artigas, J., Bernal, S., Ejarque, E., Gaudes,  A., Ylla, I., Martí, E., Mas-Martí,  E., Muñoz, I., Romaní, A., Sabater, S., Sabater, F., Vázquez, E., Von Schiller, D.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: St.Petersburg (Russia)

Dates: 17-20 September 2012

  • Conference: XVI Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL)

Title: Warming effects on stream biofilm function

Authors: Ylla, I., Canhoto, C., Romaní, A. M.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Guimarães (Portugal)

Dates: 2-6 July 2012

2011

  • Conference: Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology (SAME 12)

Title: Biofilm interactions: does temperature matters at the beginning of a relationship?

Authors: Díaz, V., Romaní, A. M., Ylla, I.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Rostock (Germany)

Dates: 28 August to 2 September 2011

  • Conference: Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology (SAME 12)

Title: Positive autotrophic-heterotrophic ecological interactions may be good reasons to live in a biofilm

Authors: Díaz, V., Romaní, A. M., Font, J., Ylla, I

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Rostock (Germany)

Dates: 28 August to 2 September 2011

  • Conference: Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS 7)

Title: Relating bacterial diversity and extracellular enzymatic functioning: differences between stream and lake communities

Authors: Ylla, I., Peter, H., Romaní, A. M., Sabater, S., Tranvik, L.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Girona (Catalunya, Spain)

Dates: 27 June to 1 July 2011

  • Conference: Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS 7)

Title: Biofilm quality changes under nutrient input in a Mediterranean stream: importance of light and hydrological regime.

Authors: Sanpera-Calbet, I., Ylla, I., Romaní, A. M., Sabater, S., Muñoz, I.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Girona (Catalunya, Spain)

Dates: 27 June to 1 July 2011

  • Conference: Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS 7)

Title: Spatial and temporal patterns of phosphorus utilization by planktonic communities in a large regulated Mediterranean river.

Authors: Sabater, S., Duran, C., Pérez, M.C., Romaní, A. M., Ruiz, C., Soley, S., Timoner, X., Tornés, E., Ylla, I., Artigas, J.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Girona (Catalunya, Spain)

Dates: 27 June to 1 July 2011

2010

  • Conference: International Society for Microbial Ecology 13 (ISME)

Title: Multifunctionality is affected by a loss of diversity in microbial biofilm communities

Authors: Peter, H., Ylla, I., Romaní, A. M., Sabater, S., Tranvik, L.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Seattle (USA)

Dates: 22-27 August 2010

  • Conference: Asociación Iberica de Limnologia (AIL)

Title: Phosphorus cycling in phyto and bacterio plankton in the Ebro river: differences between sections upstream and downstream of reservoirs

Authors: Artigas, J., Duran, C., Perez, M. C., Romaní, A. M., Soley, S., Timoner, X., Tornés, E., Ylla, I., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Azores (Portugal)

Dates: 5-9 July 2010

  • Conference: Asociación Iberica de Limnologia (AIL)

Title:  Organic matter characterization during spring floods.

Authors: Sanpera, I., Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Muñoz, I., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Azores (Portugal)

Dates: 5-9 July 2010

  • Conference: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography & North American Benthological Society (ASLO & NABS)

Title: Drought effects on resource quality in a Mediterranean stream.

Authors: Sanpera, I., Ylla, I., Romaní, A. M., Sabater, S., Muñoz, I.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA)

Dates: 6-11 June 2010

  • Conference: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography & North American Benthological Society (ASLO & NABS)

Title: Degradation capacity of dissolved organic carbon by biofilms under different water temperatures.

Authors: Ylla, I., Romaní, A., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA)

Dates: 6-11 June 2010

2009

  • Conference: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Title: Longitudinal development of chlorophyll and phytoplankton assemblages in a regulated large river (the Ebro River).

Authors: Artigas, J., Durán, C., Pardos, M., Romaní, A.M., Tornés, E., Ylla, I., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Nice (France)

Dates: 25-30 January 2009

  • Conference: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Title: Organic matter availability during pre and post-drought periods in a Mediterranean stream

Authors: Ylla, I., Sanpera, I., Vázquez, E., Romaní, A.M., Muñoz, I., Butturini, A., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Nice (France)

Dates: 25-30 January 2009

2008

  • Conference: Institut Català de recerca de l’aigua (ICRA)

Title: Drought and rewetting: drivers of river ecosystem matter cycling

Authors: Romaní, A.M., Ylla, I., Sanpera, I., Vázquez, E., Butturini, A., Muñoz, I., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Girona (Catalunya, Spain)

Dates: 24-25 November 2008

  • Conference: XIV Congreso de la Asociación Iberica de Limnología (AIL)

Title: Drought period effect on the organic matter characteristics in a Mediterranean stream

Authors: Sanpera, I., Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Sabater, S., Muñoz, I.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Huelva (Spain)

Dates: 8-11 September 2008

  • Conference: XIV Congreso de la Asociación Iberica de Limnología (AIL)

Title: Changes in biofilm microbial community structure and function depending on DOC availability

Authors: Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Borrego, C., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Huelva (Spain)

Dates: 8-11 September 2008

  • Conference: Fifth International Meeting on Plant Litter Processing in Fresh Waters (PLPF5)

Title: Organic matter characterization before and after a drought period in a Mediterranean stream

Authors: Sanpera, I., Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Sabater, S., Muñoz, I.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Coimbra (Portugal)

Dates: 23-26 July 2008

  • Conference: International Symposium. Current Issues and Perspectives in Aquatic Microbiology & Microbial Ecology

Title: Effects of DOC availability on the structure and function of a microbial biofilm developed in laboratory conditions

Authors: Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Borrego, C., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Wierzba (Poland)

Dates: 25-29 May 2008

2007

  • Conference: 10th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology (SAME)

Title: Algal bacterial coupling differs with DOC availability

Authors: Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Faro (Portugal)

Dates: 2-7 September 2007

  • Conference: 3rd International conference. Enzymes in the environment. Ecology, activity and applications.

Title: Changes in organic matter availability pre and post-drought periods in a Mediterranean stream.

Authors: Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Viterbo (Italy)

Dates: 15-19 July 2007

2006

  • Conference: XIII Congreso de la Asociación Española de Limnología y V congreso Ibérico de Limnología.

Title: Effects of nutrients and light on algae and mosses primary production in a forested Mediterranean stream.

Authors: Ylla, I., Romaní, A.M., Sabater, S.

Kind of participation: oral

Location: Barcelona (Spain)

Dates: 2-7 July 2006

2005

  • Conference: Unity in Diversity, A conference on Ecology after the legacy of Ramon Margalef

Title: River ecology: differential scale responses to perturbations.

Authors: Artigas, J., Gaudes, A., Geiszinger, A., Guasch, H., Muñoz, I., Romaní, A.M., Sabater, S., Serra, A., Tornés, E., Urrea, G., Vidal, G., Ylla, I. 

Kind of participation: poster

Location: Barcelona (Spain)

Dates: 16-18 November 2005

GRANTS, FINANCIAL AID
  • Financial aid for a research stay (2 month at Coimbra University, Institute of Marine Research; IMAR) coming from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and from the University of Girona (Spain), 2011.
  • Grant for a research stay (4 months at Uppsala University, Limnology Department) in a foreign institution (BE grants, AGAUR, Agency for University Research Grants, Government of Catalonia), summer 2009.
  • Grant for research training from the “Generalitat de Catalunya” (FI grants, training of research staff), which allows me to develop my PhD thesis during 3 years (2007-2010).
RESEARCH STAYS ABROAD
  • Research stay at the Institute of Marine Research (IMAR), Coimbra University, Portugal.

Supervisor: Dr. Crisitina Canhoto

Subject: Warming effects on stream biofilm functioning.

Length of the stay: 2 months (October to December 2011).

Funding: Funded by projects “Predicting the effect of global warming on stream ecosystems” (Coimbra University) and “Warming and temporality effects on river organic matter processing” (Girona University).

  • Doctorate stay at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Limnology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Supervisor: Dr. Lars Tranvik

Subject: Research related with microbial diversity and ecosystem functioning.

Length of the stay: 4 months (July to October 2009).

Funding: Funded by a Grant for a research stay in a foreign institution (BE grants, AGAUR, Agència d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca, Agency for University and Research grants, Generalitat de Catalunya).

AWARDS
  • Awarded poster in the Congress of the 3rd International Conference. Enzymes in the environment. Ecology, activity and applications. Viterbo (Italy). Poster title: “Changes in organic matter availability during pre-and post-drought periods in a Mediterranean stream”. July 2007.
  • First prize of the International University Study Center (IUSC) for the completion of the research work of secondary school entitled “Influència de les aigües residuals depurades sobre la qualitat de l’aigua a tres rieres d’Osona”. September 2000.
LANGUAGES
  • Catalan (speak, read, write correct). Mother tongue.
  • Spanish (speak, read, write correct)
  • English (speak, read, write correct)
  • French (speak, read, write regular)
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