Team

The people at AZTI are our main asset to achieve the goals that we have set. AZTI is committed to the people in the organisation and in the growth of its human team, which is a reflection of its strength. A human team of over 240 professionals makes possible the growth of the organisation.

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Xabier Aboitiz
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Maritime Transport, Ergonomic Improvements, Safety and Health.

Background: Marine technology
Generalist Competencies:
Fishing technology
Food quality
Labour safety
Specialist Competencies:
Operative improvement of fishing vessels maneuvering and techniques
Fishing gear selectivity
Risk reduction on board fishing vessels
Good handling techniques on board and fish quality improvement
Experience:
He has participated in more 50 projects during 17 years, most of them testing new technologies and new working process on board fishing vessels. Author of 15 publications and guides in the field of fish quality and risk reduction on board fishing vessels.

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Unai Aldalur
PhD Student AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Aquaculture, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning,

I´m a PhD student in Bivalve aquaculture. Actually my work to evaluate the suitability of offshore oyster and mussel culture in Basque Region. I´m focused assesing the growth performance and the evaluating the posible constrains on the production (pathological conditions and the effect of phycotoxins).

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Leire Arantzamendi
Senior Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Aquaculture, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning,

She has 12 years of expertise in aquaculture and seafood product development and quality assessment. PhD. Thesis in Marine Sciences from the ULPGC (Canary Islands, Spain) developed at ICCM (Canary Islands, Spain) and INRA (St. Peé Sur Nivelle, France) in 2002. Postdoc position at The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) (2002 to 2003). Granted by BIZKAIA: XEDE with a contract for the incorporation of Basque talents into research institutions of Biscay (Spain) for the period 2006-2009, managing a research group on Food Technology (LEARTIKER, S.COOP). Incorporated in AZTI in October 2010 as a senior researcher involved in aquaculture projects. In 2012 she won a TORRES-QUEVEDO contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Participation in several EU projects on fish nutrition and welfare, and in industry projects concerning substitution of fishmeal and fish oil by plant proteins and oils in commercial diets for seabream, seabass and sole.

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Jose Luis Asensio
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Operational Oceanography Systems, Observation and Data, Operational Oceanography, Marine Energy.

Engineer (Telecom. Eng.) from Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. His Final Year Project was related to the efficient management of big memory areas and real time data access using C++ programming language. He has been working as Software developer for more than 10 years and he is a certified Java programmer and certified Java web components developer. He has been in charge of the design and development of the MADCUBAJ tool for one year, used in the spectrum and image analysis of radio astronomical data and he attended the ImageJ 2008 workshop to present the MADCUBA project in Luxemburg. Other areas he has been involved are e-commerce, legal data bases, health and hospital management and research and development in rural areas. He started working in AZTI in February of 2016, in the Marine Research Division as researcher. He is involved in the development of different operational oceanography products.

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Ainhoa Caballero
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Climate Change, Operational Oceanography Systems, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Marine Ecosystems Functioning.

Background:
Degree in Sea Sciences and Ph.D. thesis in applied physics and simulation in science

Generalist competencies:
Physical oceanography
Biological oceanography
Ocean change

Specialist competencies:
Satellite oceanography (ocean color, SST and altimetry)
Ocean currents and circulation
Dynamics of the ocean and hydrography
Effect of the environmental conditions on the ecosystem
Fisheries oceanography
Monitoring and analysis of the indicators of climate change in the ocean and study of the impact of the ocean change in the coast

Experience:

Participation in regional, national and international projects. Principal investigator of regional and national projects. Author of more than 15 peer-viewed articles, book chapters and conference papers. Member of the Review Editorial Board of Coastal Ocean Processes (Frontiers in Marine Science), and reviewer of several scientific articles.

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Oihane Cabezas-Basurko
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Maritime Transport.

PhD in the sustainability assessment of marine technologies, Newcastle University (UK). She has worked in national and international projects related to marine sustainability, ballast water management, and assessment of carbon footprint of shipping. She joined AZTI in 2010, and since, she has been involved in the: assessment and optimisation of energy efficiency in fishing and aquaculture, including energy auditing, engine and fuel consumption monitoring, and data modelling using intelligent algorithms; and Life Cycle Assessment and sustainability assessment of marine innovations.

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Iñaki De Santiago
Researcher AZTI- Efficient use of resources (Marine Technologies)Operational oceanography systems, Climate change

I am a doctor in Civil Engineering with an Oceanography background. In the recent years I have focused my research on extreme events, in particular, on the storm impact on both natural and urbanized beaches. This work is based on numerical modelling, video monitoring systems and experimental data. I have worked on several coastal engineering projects covering a wide range of subjects (climate change impact on coastal zones, estuarine systems dynamics, wave renewable energies).

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Andrea del Campo
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Environmental Impact and Quality, Operational Oceanography.

Background: Marine Science
Generalist Competencies:
Marine environmental studies
Specialist Competencies:
Pollution modelling
Environmental assessment
Experience:
Her field of expertise covers the analysis of environmental data and the use of numerical models for the protection of coastal environments.

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Irati Epelde Pagola
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Operational Oceanography, Observation and Data, Marine Energy.

Background: Coastal Engineering Certificate Program (Old Dominion University, 2014) and Environmental and Chemical Engineering (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2009).
Research interest: video monitoring, coastal management, coastal dynamics

Since 2009, I work on coastal video monitoring systems, most of them installed in the Basque coast. I have participated in several projects developing coastal managements tools. Additionally, my research is also focused on coastal processes studies.

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José María Ferarios
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Maritime Transport, Marine Energy.

Expert in fishing gear technology, measurements of the engineering performance of the fishing gears at sea using underwater instrumentation. Fishing gear design, netting materials properties, modelling and performance.
Projects for the development or transfer of fishing technology for implementation in the fishing fleet of the Basque Country
Development of technical aspects related to the implementation of the Comprehensive Occupational Risk Prevention Plan (ORP) in the Basque fisheries sector.

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Luis Ferrer
Senior Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Operational Oceanography, Marine Energy, Climate Change, Aquaculture, Marine Ecosystems Functioning.

Since 1995 I have been working in numerical models to obtain forecasts and hindcasts of waves and currents. This information is used to obtain wave energy resource, marine dynamics and particle-tracking in the Basque Country coastal area, but also in the rest of the Bay of Biscay.

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Gorka Gabiña
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Maritime Transport.

Background: (BSc) Industrial Engineer, (MSc) Energy Efficiency in Transport and Industry and, (PhD) Thermal Engineering (Alternative Fuels for Marine Diesel Engines).
Generalist competencies: energy efficiency and marine technologies
Specialist competencies: energy audits, vessel and engine performance monitoring, fishing technology and prototype development.
He has participated in several projects focused on energy efficiency in fishing ships related to alternative energy sources, fuel consumption, propeller efficiency, alternative fuels and energy audits; marine technology developments such as, underwater image acquisition system, biomimetic assessments, marine litter collection from fishing vessels, technical assessments in offshore aquaculture facilities, and fishing and fuel monitoring platforms developments. He has participated in several international conferences.

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Nerea Goikoetxea
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Operational Oceanography, Observation and Data, Marine Energy.

MSc in Marine Environment and Resources (Univ. of the Basque Country and Univ. of Southampton) and PhD in Biology (Univ. of the Basque Country, 2011) with the thesis “Influence of the northeastern Atlantic oceano-meteorological variability on the northern hake (Merluccius merluccius)

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Pedro Liria Loza
Senior Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Operational Oceanography, Observation and Data, Marine Energy.

Background: Civil Engineer
He has been working for eleven years as a researcher in AZTI. His main qualifications and domains of expertise are in marine dynamics, wave modeling, sediment transport and coastal morphodynamics. He has been involved in regional, national and European projects about operational oceanography, ocean renewable energy, offshore wind energy, environmental impact assessment, coastal processes, coastal video-monitoring systems and aquaculture.

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Julien Mader
Head of Research Area AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Operational Oceanography, Observation and Data, Marine Energy.

Julien Mader, M. Eng. in Marine Technologies (Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénieur de Toulon et du Var, France). He has been working for 14 years in AZTI. He is currently head of Marine Technologies Area in the Marine Research Division, coordinating technological development, innovation and transfer to marine and maritime fields (Operational oceanography, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Transport, Ocean energy, Tourism). He has been involved in European, national and regional projects oriented to the transfer of services and products to marine and littoral stakeholders. He is also strongly involved in European networking initiatives (EuroGOOS, EMODnet, European Energy Research Alliance Marine).

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Iñigo Onandia
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Observation and Data.

International Master in Fisheries Management (Universty of Tromso ) Marine researcher in the Fishing Technology area. Technical expertise on fishing gear technology aiming at reducing the environmental impact of fishing activity and improving the technology development of the commercial fishing fleet. More than 900 days in the last 15 years onboard fishing and research vessels in sea trials for selectivity experiments, acoustic surveys, tuna tagging and more.

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Ángel Pereira
Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Safety and Health.

Education: Degree in Biological Sciences, Security Manager, Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and Professional Diver.

In AZTI since 2005 as part of the Aquaculture and Marine Technologies team. An appointed worker in occupational risk assessment, involved in occupational safety projects on fishing boats, have contributed in at least 12 publications on the subject (health, safety and occupational risk prevention)

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Esteban Puente
Head of Research Area AZTI - Efficient Use of Resources (Marine Technologies)Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

PhD on Marine Biology and Eco-physiology (Univ. Bordeaux I/France) in 1986.
Working as fisheries technology team coordinator since 1997.
Management expertise related with research activities in a technological R&D centre
Present advisor of the Fisheries Administration and the fishing sector for the technological development of the commercial fishing fleet to enhancing their efficiency (processes and technologies), safety as well as to improving their environmental performances.
Technical expertise on fishing gear technology aiming at reducing the environmental impact of fishing activity and improving the technology development of the commercial fishing fleet. Fisheries management and monitoring with focus on artisanal fisheries.
Expertise on technology foresight and development of Technological Plans for the Marine Research Division co-ordinating a team of researchers.
Participation in several European research projects as partner and co-ordinator.

Photo of  Yolanda  Sagarminaga
Yolanda Sagarminaga
Principal Researcher AZTI - Efficient Use Of Resources (Marine Technologies)Observation and Data, Operational Oceanography Systems, Assessment of the Marine Environment Health Status, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Climate Change.