María Teresa Barral has a degree in biology (1978), degree in pharmacy (1982), and a Ph.D. degree in biology (summa cum laude) (1988), with a dissertation entitled “Contribution to the study of iron and manganese in soils and sediments from Galicia” under the supervision of F. Guitian, from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), La Corunna, Spain. Barral currently works as a Professor of soil science, geology, and waste treatment and management in the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, USC. Her areas of interest included soil chemistry, soil mineralogy, heavy metal pollution, arsenic, sediment pollution, role of biofilms in river sediments, iron and manganese geochemistry in superficial environments, adsorption processes, mining wastes reutilization, and organic wastes management. She served as the President of the Delegation in Galicia of the Spanish Soil Science Society from 2010 to 2013. Barral is a Member of the Spanish Soil Science Society, the International Union of Soil Sciences, and the Spanish Composting Network (REC); a Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Office at the University of Santiago de Compostela since 2010; a Project Evaluator for national and international funding institutions; and a Visiting Scientist at INRA Avignon, France. She received the Award for Biology Degree (USC, 1978), the National Award for Biology Students (Spanish Ministry of Education, 1979), and the Galicia Award of Scientific Research (1982). Barral also received a predoctoral grant from the Ministry of Education (1979 to 1981) and the Fundación Caja Madrid Grant for Environmental Studies (1992). Her present research is mostly focused on the fate of heavy metals and As in riverine environments with special attention to the effect of biofilms developed over riverbed sediments on the as and Cr biogeochemistry.
Biography Updated on 17 December 2013