Emilio Fernández was born in Vigo, Spain, in 1961. He received a degree and later a Ph.D. degree in biology from the University of Oviedo, Spain, in 1985 and 1991, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) from 1991 to 1993 and at Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas (CSIC) from 1993 to 1994. Since 1995, he has been a Senior Lecturer of marine ecology at the Faculty of Marine Science of the University of Vigo. His research has been focused on the study of biologically mediated fluxes of matter and energy in marine systems in relation to environmental changes. At present, he is interested in the assessment of the functional response of planktonic microbial communities to inputs of nitrogen and toxic compounds into marine ecosystems. He is a principal scientist of 15 research projects funded by regional, national, and European agencies. His scientific record is summarized in more than 90 scientific papers published in indexed international journals. He was the Spanish representative in SCOR from 1999 to 2005 as well as a Member of the Spanish Marine Science IGBP Committee (2001–2005), JGOFS North Atlantic Synthesis and Modelling Group (2000–2004), and SOLAS Programme (2000–2005). He is the Cochair of the ASLO meeting held in Santiago de Compostela in June 2005. From 2005 to 2009, he was the General Director of Sustainable Development of the Regional Government of Galicia. Currently, he is a Coordinator of the project of International Excellence Campus in marine sciences leaded by the University of Vigo.
Biography Updated on 27 April 2010