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. In 2005 AZTI had an average staff of 160 people, in 2016 it has grown to 234 staff members.

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Carlos Bald
Principal Researcher AZTI - Efficient and Sustainables ProcessesCircular Economy: Valorisation of Food By-Products.

PhD in biology. Master in Quality Management. 1989 to 1992 Quality control manager in Productos Recondo, Industrial bakery in Spain. 1992 to 1995 Research Assistant in the Scientific Technological Intitute of Navarra, Spain. 1996 -1999 Director of the Institute of Food Quality, Instituto de Calidad Alimentaria (ICA) in Santiago de Chile, and consultant for Chilean food companies in Quality Assurance Systems (HACCP and ISO9000). Since 1999 project manager in AZTI, in the Food Research Division were he has participated in several national and regional funded projects with food companies and in 6 European R&D projects in the development of new food products, functional foods and the valorization of food industry by-products.

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Juan Bald
Head of Research Area AZTI - Marine and Coastal Environmental ManagementEnvironmental Impact and Quality, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Assessment of the Marine Environment Health Status, Marine Energy.

PhD in Biology by the University of Navarra (2005) and Maîtrise de Sciences de l´Environnement, Section Océanologie by the University of Bordeaux (France) (1996). He has more than 14 years of experience. He is specialist in the management of coastal shellfish resources (mollusks, echinoderms and crustaceans). He is the head of a shellfish management project that since 1999 AZTI develops for the Fishery Agency of the Basque Government. Also he is specialist in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and in the writing of Environmental Impact Studies (EIS). He has worked in many environmental impact studies related with aquaculture, marine renewable energies, dredging, ports, etc., and in the development of protocols for Environmental Impact Assessment. Principal researcher in more than 40 projects. He is author of more than 40 publications, including 26 in international peer-reviewed journals and 3 book chapters (

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Ana Baranda
Researcher AZTI - New FoodsFood Processing Technologies.

Background: Analytical Chemistry
Generalist Competencies:
New Technologies: High Hydrostratic Pressure (HHP), High Pressure Homogenization (HPH), Pulse Light
Chemical decontamination (pesticides, mycotoxins)
Food quality (pH,

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Alejandro Barranco
Senior Researcher AZTI - Food Quality, Safety And IdentityFood Safety, Food Control.

PhD in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) after working on the development of new analytical methods for the determination of contaminants in food. Since 2004 his research work at AZTI has been focused on the development of biosensors and chemical sensors for food safety and quality, participating in several European and National projects. He has 26 peer-review publications dealing with the optimization of new methods for the determination of contaminants and natural products in food and boasts a solid expertise in biosensors, chromatography, analysis of residues in food and methods validation.

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Amaia Barrena Telleria
Responsable AZTI - Project Operations and ManagementAdministrations' Programmes

Currently responsable for the Administrations’s Programmes area at AZTI. The main objective of this area is to find enough public funding to pursue our research activity. We also help our customers to find the needed funding to carry out their R&D&I project in collaboration with AZTI. Our activity market goes from the regional to the international level; therefore, we look for the funding programmes wherever our activity will be performed.

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Mikel Basterretxea
Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementMarine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

Marine Biologist graduated in the USC (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), I obtained the European Master of science in Marine Environment and Resources after 6 months of studies in the University of Southampton and another 6 months in Universite Bordeaux 1.
Working in AZTI since 2008 as fisheries observer, I have an extensive experience in sampling onboard fishing boats, as much as in scientific-oceanografphic campains offshore and litoral-coast samling.

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Beatriz Beldarrain
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Marine Laboratory AnalysisAnalytical Services.

Laboratory technician with extensive experience in ichthyoplankton studies, identification of eggs and larvae of commercially important pelagic fish as well as classification according to different development stages. Participation in different workshops on Mackerel and Horse Mackerel (2003 -2006); Engraulis encrasicolus and Sardina pilchardus (2002). Extensive experience in oceanographic campaigns and in biological onboard and port sampling. Specialist in the preparation of larval and juvenile anchovy and mackerel otoliths and Chief Analyst of daily growth of these species, as a member of the ICES 2013 working group. Extensive experience in physical-chemical issues of sediment and water.

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Maria Jesús Belzunce-Segarra
Senior Researcher AZTI - Marine And Coastal Environmental ManagementAssessment of the Marine Environment Health Status, Environmental Impact and Quality

PhD in Chemistry by the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Kraków (Poland). She works in AZTI in the Marine Research Division since 1998. Her present areas of research are:
- Chemical contamination of coastal, estuarine and port waters.
- Characterization and management of dredged material.
- Sediment Quality Assessment: bioassays, passive samplers.
- Environmental impact: marine monitoring programmes.
She has participated in monitoring programmes and in interdisciplinary collaborative projects at national and international level. She has leaded numerous national and regional projects and she has gained experience in research cruises. Since 2001 participates in the ICES group of experts for marine sediment contamination. In various occasions she has been granted by scholarships to work abroad, in Poland, Scotland and Australia. MJ Belzunce is author/co-author of 55 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 7 book chapters and more than 60 technical-scientific/research consultancy reports.

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Jon Berregui
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Observation and DataObservation and Data, Operational Oceanography.

Background: Higher Technician in Enviromental Chemistry and Higher Technician in Telecommunications and Computer Systems.

Since 2005, he works in the Observation and Data Systems area of the Marine Research Division at AZTI.

He is an experienced technician in the installation, operation and maintenance of metocean networks (deep-water buoys, coastal stations and HF radars) for the Basque Meteorology Agency (EUSKALMET). Hydrographic and geophysics surveyor. Basque Continental Shelf mapping (1.000 km2) and Basque Country Harbors depth management since 2006. MBES installation, calibration, operation, maintenance and data processing. He has experience processing and interpreting geophysics data.

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Gaizka Bidegain
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Observation and DataObservation and Data, Operational Oceanography.

Laboratory technician specialised in marine aquaculture and professional diver with over 10 years experience in fish farms and floating cages. Experience in cod, salmon and sole fattening projects, testing plant-based diets in the latter. Extensive experience in maintenance and fattening tasks in mussel and oyster offshore longliners. Experience in oceanographic campaigns and biological sample processing.

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Ainhoa Bikandi
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Food Quality, Safety And IdentityFood Safety, Food Control, Food Identity, Analytical Services.

Technician specialised in Chemical Analysis -quantitative and qualitative (volumetry, gravimetry)- as well as in instrumental analysis: UV-Visible Spectrophotometry and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Fluorescence and Diode-Array detectors, respectively.
She currently holds the necessary qualification for the implementation of techniques certified by the Spanish Accreditation Body (ENAC) in compliance with ISO17025 standard.

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Miren Elisabete Bilbao
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Marine Laboratory AnalysisMarine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data, Integrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Molecular Ecology and Biotechnology.

Basic Laboratory Testing and Processing Technician. Experience in biochemical techniques for nutritional profile determination in foods. Adaptation of analytical protocols to explore and define new methods and technologies for the analysis and testing of foods with enhanced nutritional profile or with health benefits, focusing on the lipid profile assessment. Fatty acid derivatisation techniques, GC-MS and thin layer chromatography (TLC and Ag+-TLC). Production of functional oils through chemical synthesis, hydrolysis and purification methods and fermentation-based processes. Determination of the oxidative behaviour of oils with nutritional and/or health properties using different analytical methods for their subsequent incorporation in food matrices.

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Sarai Bilbao
Administrative Assistant AZTI - Project Operations and ManagementPublic R&D Programmes, Administration's Programmes.
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Cristina Blanco Berriatua
Laboratory Technician AZTI - People and OrganisationTIC´s, Information Management.

Analista especializada en mantenimiento de sistemas informaticos, instalacion de equipos

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Ángel Borja
Principal Researcher AZTI - Marine And Coastal Environmental ManagementAssessment of The Marine Environment Health Status, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Human Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Climate Change.

Background: Marine Biology

Generalist Competencies:

  • Ecology of marine ecosystems
  • Effects of human activities on marine ecosystems
  • Specialist Competencies:

  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • Monitoring of marine waters and recovery after impact
  • Experience:
    PhD in Marine Biology (1984), Doctor Honoris Causa in Sciences (Hull, 2015). Author of more than 300 publications, including 170 in international peer-reviewed journals, and according to Science Watch from Thompson Reuters, he is one of the most-cited authors in the field of ecology and environment. He has an Hindex of 41. Is Editor of Frontiers of Marine Ecosystem Ecology, Journal of Sea Research, Continental Shelf Research and Revista de Investigación Marina, and member of the Editorial Board of Marine Pollution Bulletin, Ecological Indicators and Ocean & Coastal Management. Referee in more than 65 international journals and project evaluation agencies. Member of different scientific associations (ASLO, CERF, ECSA). He has participated in more than 100 national, European and international projects during 34 years. He has supervised many PhD and MSc students.

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    Guillermo Boyra
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    Guillermo Boyra is a specialist in trawl acoustic surveys. He is conducting his Ph.D. on experimental acoustic techniques for fisheries abundance estimation. Since 2003 he leads a regional program (JUVENA) of annual acoustic surveys for the assessment of anchovy juveniles in the Bay of Biscay. In recent years he has participated in several acoustic surveys focused in pelagic species estimation and acoustic selectivity of tuna around FADs. He has experience in comparing shipborne acoustic (sonar and echosounder) with airborne lidar technologies and methods for fish abundance estimation. Other fields of research he is currently developing are, TS analyses, multifrequency acoustics, vessel noise measurement and analysis and automated pattern recognition. He is member of ICES/CIEM Fisheries Acoustic Science and Technology working group since year 2000.