Cristina Buendía is an ecogeomorphologist interested in the interaction between physical processes and freshwater biota, particularly benthic invertebrates. Assessing such biophysical links is crucial for understanding river's ecosystems functioning and thus achieving management and conservation goals.
She has an undergraduate degree on Environmental Sciences from the University of Barcelona (2008), a master's degree in Soil and Water Management from the University of Lleida (2010) and a doctoral degree from the University of Aberdeen (2013). Her PhD focused on the structural and fuctional response of invertebrate assemblages to sedimentation and the assessment of how spatio-temporal dynamics of fine sediment accumulation affect invertebrate distribution and abundance patterns. It was supervised by Dr. Chris Gibbins (Northern Rivers Institute, University of Aberdeen) and co-supervised by Damià Vericat and Ramon Batalla (RIUS, University of Lleida).
She is currently working at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), where she participates in a research project aiming at assessing the effects of climate and land use change on the hydrological and sediment transport regime of Pyrenean rivers.
Tel.: +34 972183380
Address: Institut Català de Recerca de l'Aigua - Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de Girona, Edifici H2O. Emili Grahit ,101 17003 Girona, Catalunya, Spain.