Alejo Carballeira Ocaña

Category: Professor of Ecology
Birth Date: 9th April 1951
Birth Place: Lugo
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After taking a degree in Biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1973), he took his doctor’s degree four years later. Nowadays, he is a Professorof Ecology in the Faculty of Biology and director of the Cellular Biology and Ecology Department (University of Santiago de Compostela). He is a Professor in the Faculty of Biology and teaches Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnical School.

 Work & Activities

He wrote the following books and monographs: Bioclimatología de Galicia (1983), Barrié de la Maza Foundation, A Coruña, La alelopatía y su papel en las comunidades vegetales. Revisión crítica, metodológica y bibliográfica (1992). ‘Serie Cadernos de Revisión’ – Santiago de Compostela University, Estado de conservación del litoral de Galicia. Metales pesados y nutrientes en sedimentos y organismos de la franja intermareal, 1997, Conselleria de Pesca-Santiago University, Atmospheric heavy metal deposition in Europe 95-96, Nordic Council of Ministers, Bancos de Especimenes Ambientales. Una propuesta para Galicia, CITA, Conselleria Medio Ambiente, Xunta de Galicia – Santiago University (2000).
His research activity focuses on the following work lines: Allelopathy, Bioclimatology and Ecotoxicology. Af far as these subjects are concerned, he has published over a hundred scientific articles in very important international magazines, such as ‘Release of allelochemical agents from litter, througfall and topsoil in plantations of Eucaliptus globulus Labill in Spain’ (1991) J.Chem. Ecology; ‘Defining phytoclimatic units in Galicia (Spain) by means of multivariate methods’ (1991) J. of Vegetation Sc.; ‘Stress responses and metal exchange kinetics following transplant of the aquatic moss Fontinalis antipyretica Hedw’, (1994) Freshwater Biology; ‘Influence of watershed lithology on heavy metal levels in estuarine sediments and organisms in Galicia (North west Spain)’, 1996 Marine Pollution Bull; ‘D665/D665a versus frecuencies as indicator of bryophytes responses to physicochemical gradients’, (1997) Ecology; ‘Regional-scale monitoring of coastal contamination. Nutrients and heavy metals in estuarine sediments and organisms on the coast of Galicia’, en The Control of marine Pollution: Current status and future trends. (1999) J. Env.& Pollution; ‘Uptake of heavy metals to the extracellular and intracellular compartments in three species of aquatic bryophyte’, (1999) Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; ‘Differences in the responses of native and trasplanted mosses to atmospheric pollution. The importance of Selenium’, (2000) Env. Pollution; ‘Biomonitoring of sporadic acidification of rivers on the basis of release of preloaded Cd from the aquatic bryophyte Fontinalis antipyretica’ (2001) Env.Pollution; ‘Sampling optimization at the sampling-site scale for monitoring atmospheric deposition using moss chemistry’.(2002) Atmospheric Env; ‘Seasonal variation and background levels of heavy metals in two green seaweeds’ (2002) Env. Pollution; ‘Annual variability in heavy-metal bioconcentration in moss: sampling protocol optimization’ (2003) Atmospheric Env; ‘Functional grouping of woody plants based on similarity of responses to selected climatic variables’ (2004) Applied Ecology; ‘Considerations in the design of a monitoring program of the biological effects of the Prestige oil spill’ (2003) Marine Sc; ‘Study on the use of mosses as biomonitors to evaluate the environment impact of PCDDs/PCDFs from combustion processes-Preliminary results’ (2003) Organohalogen Compounds and ‘Moss bioconcentración of trace elements around a FeSi smelter: modeling and cellular distribution’ (2004) Atmospheric Env.
Besides, he directed twelve doctoral theses and fifty minor theses and projects. He was the main researcher of a hundred projects and research agreements, participated in courses and seminars and directed seminars and masters in Natural Resources, Evaluation of Environmetal Impact and Environment Technology.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He is the main researcher of the Ecotoxicology Group at the University of Santiago de Compostela, responsible for the Galician Bank of Environmental Especimens, reviser of national and international publications, evaluator of CICYT Projects (I Plan+D National) and FONCYT (I+D, Argentina) and rapporteur in the Galicia 2010 Project. Besides, he was the secretary of the Faculty of Biology and was on the board of directors of Santiago de Compostela University. He is on the staff meeting and several academic commissions. Nowadays, he directs the Cellular Biology and Ecology Department.