Dr. Maria Gómez Brandón has been working in the field of Soil Microbiology and Organic Waste Management since she began her scientific career in 2003 at the University of Vigo (Galicia, Spain) where she received her PhD with honours. Afterwards, she continued her postdoc studies at the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck. Her research activities fall within the area of Microbial Resource Management and in particular, she is responsible for the section of Applied Soil Ecology. Her lines of research range from soil microbiology and biochemistry to more applied questions, often linked to waste products from bioenergy processes (such as anaerobic slurries and wood ash) by using molecular and more classical approaches. Moreover, she is also involved in the preparation of practical and theoretical courses within the Master Programme of the Institute of Microbiology in Innsbruck. She has been awarded several highly competitive grants and contracts during her scientific career and she is responsible for and collaborates in several competitive projects at the University of Innsbruck. She has also acted as a reviewer for international project proposals, and as a member of the committee of national and international PhD theses. She also belongs to the Editorial board of the journal Applied Soil Ecology since January 2016. She has published 30 peer-reviewed papers in SCI journals and five book chapters. Eighty percent of her publications are within the first quartile, and although most of them are very recent, some of them have already been highly cited. One of her publications was awarded the first prize by the “Plataforma Tecnológica de Agricultura Sostenible” for being the best scientific article in the field of sustainable agriculture. Moreover, her research has been presented and defended in a good number of national and international conferences as posters and oral presentations.
Soil microbiology; waste management; microbial communities; molecular tools; climate change