Hi, this is Andrés Mellado-Díaz, welcome to my web!
I have always been fascinated with ecology, which leaded me to join the Inland-Waters Ecology Lab (in the Department of Ecology and Hydrology, University of Murcia) while I still was an undergraduate student. I got my PhD in 2005, on the ecology and distribution patterns of aquatic invertebrates in the Segura River basin (a semi-arid basin in SE Spain), their use as indicators of ecosystem functioning and ecological status, along with the relationships of their habitat with their ecological and biological traits. I did research stays at universities of Cardiff (Wales), Sheffield (England), New England (NSW, Australia) and Auburn (Alabama, USA). During this time I worked in several projects related to the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Spain and some studies on marine ecology in a R+D project on desalination.
In 2008 I got a job in a R+D consulting company in Madrid (ICA S.L.) to work on the biological monitoring network of the Ebro River basin (lakes, rivers and reservoirs). Other interesting projects there were the development of the “Alto Tajo Nature Reserve fish populations management plan”, as well as other environmental monitoring plans in diverse aquatic systems, including coastal marine reserves in Lebanon. Additionally, I collaborated in the European AguaFlash and the Life CREAMAGUA projects.
From 2011 to 2014 I worked at the Centre for Hydrographic Studies (CEDEX) in Madrid, working on the WFD-oriented classification of streams and rivers in Spain. During this period, I was also involved on research areas such as aquatic invasive species, the effects of dams on stream communities, the conservation of threatened lotic habitats, stuarine ecology or emissions of nitrous oxide from aquatic ecosystems. In 2015 I moved to Seville (DBO5 S.L.) to work on the WFD monitoring networks in the Guadalquivir and the Ebro River basins. In 2019 I moved again to Madrid, to work at TRAGSATEC on the REFCON project: redefining reference conditions for aquatic ecosystems in Spain. This is my current job.
Meanwhile, I´ve been always involved in other research adventures, as the effects of drought on macroinvertebrates in Mediterranean streams, the links between hydrological alterations and biological traits or the diversity of aquatic invertebrate and macrophyte communities in diverse ecosystems. In the future I would like to continue with the study of the links between stream habitat features, the riparian environment and the functional and structural organization of aquatic macroinvertebrate and macrophyte communities and its use as biomonitoring tools.
I’m always keen to collaborate and publish new data on aquatic organisms distribution, their ecology or any other aspect of their natural history.
So, hope to collaborate with you soon!