MARIA GOMEZ BRANDON

Personal information

Assignation department
Ecoloxía e bioloxía animal
Assignation center
FACULTADE DE BIOLOXIA - VIGO
Assignation area
Zoología
CV summary
Since I began my scientific career in 2003 until the present date I have been working in the field of Soil Microbiology and Organic Waste Management. My interest in this research field started at the University of Vigo where I was awarded a four-year FPU grant to carry out my PhD thesis dealing with the use of aerobic processes for the treatment of a wide variety of solid organic wastes. Thanks to a two-year postdoctoral grant from the Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero I started my PostDoc studies in the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck. Afterwards, and thanks to the Austrian Science Fund that is the most important funding agency in Austria, I have been able to continue working as a Senior PostDoc and lead my research group at the University of Innsbruck. My research activities fall within the area Microbial Resource Management, and are linked to the study of waste products derived from bioenergy processes such as anaerobic slurries and wood ash and their impact in soil microbial communities. I was responsible for the supervision of a PhD thesis that obtained the maximum degree at the Institute of Microbiology. Moreover, I am currently supervising another PhD thesis, along with several Master and Bachelor theses. Furthermore, I have been able to secure funding to continue with my research acting as PI and co-PI of recent projects funded through competitive calls. I also played a relevant role in the acquisition and implementation of a 4-year project within the Horizon 2020 programme in co-operation with the Austrian company BioTreaT. I acted as a reviewer for international project proposals, and as a member of the committee of national and international PhD theses. I carried out a short research stay at the University of Lund and at the University of Florence. I have published 30 peer-reviewed
papers in SCI journals and five book chapters. Eighty percent of my publications are within the first quartile, and although most of them are very recent, some have already been highly cited. One of my publications was awarded the first prize by the Plataforma Tecnológica de Agricultura Sostenible for being the best scientific article in the field of sustainable agriculture.
I act as a frequent reviewer of SCI journals and I belong to the editorial committee member of the scientific journal Applied Soil Ecology. Moreover, my research have been presented and defended in a good number of national and international conferences as posters and oral presentations. All in all this has helped me to get a positive evaluation for the figure of
Contratado Doctor by ANECA in March of 2015.
UNESCO codes
Animal biology (Zoology)

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Research group
Research lines
Since I began my scientific career in 2003 until the present date I have been working in the
field of Soil Microbiology and Organic Waste Management. My interest in this research field
started at the University of Vigo where I was awarded a four-year FPU grant to carry out my
PhD thesis dealing with the use of aerobic processes for the treatment of a wide variety of
solid organic wastes. Thanks to a two-year postdoctoral grant from the Fundación Alfonso
Martín Escudero I started my PostDoc studies in the Institute of Microbiology at the University
of Innsbruck. Afterwards, and thanks to the Austrian Science Fund that is the most important
funding agency in Austria, I have been able to continue working as a Senior PostDoc and
lead my research group at the University of Innsbruck. My research activities fall within the
area Microbial Resource Management, and are linked to the study of waste products derived
from bioenergy processes such as anaerobic slurries and wood ash and their impact in soil
microbial communities. I got a positive evaluation for the figure of Contratado Doctor by ANECA in March of 2015;and a Ramón y Cajal position at the University of Vigo since January 2018 .
Keywords
microbial ecology
soil ecology
vermicomposting

External profiles

ORCID ID
0000-0003-4744-535X
WoK ResearcherID
Q-4421-2016
Scopus Author ID
D-7050-2011

Research results