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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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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Ibon Galparsoro
Principal Researcher AZTI - Marine And Coastal Environmental ManagementHuman Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Observation and Data.

Over 10 years of professional experience in different lines of marine research applied to Integrated Coastal Zone Management.

Current research interests are focused on Marine Spatial Planning, Ecosystem Services, and Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation, Integrated Assessment modelling, seabed characterization, mapping and modelling of benthic ecoystems.

Principal investigator in more than 30 projects. Leader at AZTI of two European projects and coordinator of Basque country case studies within the MeshAtlantic project (Mapping European Seabed Habitat in the Atlantic area for a better marine management; INTERREG IVB) and MESMA (Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Areas; 7th Framework Programme).

Authored more than 40 publications, including 33 in international peer-reviewed journals and 6 books or book chapters.
Member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology Journal.
Over 34 oral presentations in international congresses.

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Iker Gandía
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Food Quality, Safety and IdentityFood Safety, Food Control, Food Identity, Analytical Services.

Senior Technician in Environmental Health and Intermediate Technician in Occupational Risk Prevention. Laboratory Technician specialising in the analysis of foods, water and drinks. In 2008, he began working as a laboratory technician in the AZTI Microbiology Laboratory. He works in accordance with standard UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025.
Analysis through pathogen research techniques using traditional methods and RT-PCR. He works with microbial count methods. Calibration and verification of equipment as per ISO 17025. He is qualified to work in level 2 and level 3 biosafety conditions.

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Ainara García
Laboratory Technician AZTIFood quality, safety and identity

Técnico Superior en Salud Ambiental , ha trabajado como técnico de laboratorio realizando análisis de aguas residuales en el laboratorio de medio ambiente y análisis mediante microbiología clásica y mediante RT-PCR de alimentos en el laboratorio de microbiología. Auditora de calidad de la AEAZN y SGF realizando auditorias de calidad e higiene en el sector de zumos, en materia prima, producto final e instalaciones. En el laboratorio físico-químico ha realizado análisis de clorofenoles y cloroanisoles en Bodegas y materias auxiliares, metales pesados por absorción atómica mediante generador de hidruros, llama y cámara de grafito, acreditado por ENAC. Análisis de histamina, ocratoxina en vino, kathon y triclosan en jabones, vitamina A y E mediante HPLC , así como analíticas de capacidad antioxidante mediante el método DPPH . Calibración de equipos cumplimiento de criterios de acreditación de ENAC y Validación de métodos; cálculo de incertidumbre según requisitos de la Norma ISO-17.025

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Cristina García
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Food Quality, Safety and IdentityFood Safety, Biotechnology.

Degree in Food Science and Technology by the Basque Country University (2004). Advanced Technician in Occupational Risk Prevention (2007).
PhD in Food Technology by the Basque Country University (2012). Main research topics: Microbial and Chemical production of conjugated fatty acids (CLA and CLNA).
Since 2012, working as a Microbiology Technician in AZTI. Work experience in Microbiology quality control of different food matrix, microbial isolation, characterization and conservation. High expertise in the application of molecular techniques for the detection and identification of microorganisms (PCR, Real Time-PCR, 16S rDNA). Qualified to work in a biosafety level 3 laboratory.
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Dorleta García
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data.
  • Background: Mathematics and Statistics
  • Generalist Competence: Sustainable fisheries management
  • Specialist competence: Management Strategy Evaluation, Bio-Economic modeling, Stock Assessment, statistical data analysis.
  • She works mainly in bio-economic modelling of fisheries systems and stock assessment. At present she coordinates the stock assessment of Northern stock of European Hake in ICES. She has a long experience in the development of bio-economic evaluation of management strategies. She is the principal developer of the FLBEIA software, a simulation model to carry out bio-economic impact assessment of fisheries management strategies.

    In AZTI se has participated in several European projects related with management plans and their evaluation (COBECOS, COMMIT, EFIMAS, CEVIS, UNCOVER, AFRAME, DEEPFISHMAN). In DEEPFISHMAN she leaded the development of the evaluation of management strategies in several international case studies. Recently, she coordinated a case study in the European Project Myfish which objective was to manage fisheries in the framework of MSY taking into account ecologic, economic and social dimensions. At present, she coordinates a case study in European DrumFish proyect. The objective of this project is to develop a methodology for the assessment and management of data-poor stocks in a mixed-fisheries framework. She also works giving general statistical support in different projects. In 2007 she participated in COST project where several R packages related with data standardization, analysis and visualization were built. In this project, she built the simulation library which allows assessing the goodness of fit of different extrapolation methods.

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    Goretti Garcia
    Laboratory Technician AZTI - Marine Laboratory AnalysisAnalytical Services.

    Laboratory Technician at the Marine Research Division since 1997. Specialised in sediment characterisation using sieve shaker and particle counter. Over 17 years experience in field sampling to collect physical and chemical variables, as well as their subsequent processing in chemical, biological and sedimentological laboratories. Experience in oceanographic campaigns and biological sample processing.

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    Isabel García
    PhD Student AZTI- Marine Ecosystems FunctioningConservation of marine ecosystems

    BSc in Environmental Science (University of León) and MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (Pablo de Olavide University – CSIC). Currently PhD student funding by Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Now working on spatial ecological modelling and the identification and study of anthropogenic pressures to which seabirds and cetaceans may be exposed in order to identify potential areas of protection in the marine environment.

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    Javier García
    Researcher AZTI - People And OrganisationTalent Attraction and Development, Organisational Development and Internat Communication.

    Licenciado en Ciencias Políticas y Sociología. Especialidad empresa. Universidad de Deusto.
    Proyecto de Investigación de final de carrera: Master en Gestión y Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos. Universidad del País Vasco.Estructuras de ayudas para las pequeñas y medianas empresas en la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco.
    M.B.A. Executive. Master en Gestión y Administración de empresas. Universidad del País Vasco.
    Experiencia laboral en el Áreas de recursos humanos. Formación, reclutamiento y selección de personas, clima laboral o desarrollo de liderazgo.

    Isabel García Barón
    PhD Student AZTI - Marine Ecosystems FunctioningMarine ecosystems functioning, Conservation of marine ecosystems

    BSc in Environmental Science (University of León) and MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (Pablo de Olavide University -
    CSIC). Currently PhD student funding by Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Now working on spatial ecological
    modelling and the identification and study of anthropogenic pressures to which seabirds and cetaceans may be exposed in order to
    identify potential areas of protection in the marine environment.

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    Rebeca Garitaonaindia Urrutia
    Senior Administrative Officer AZTI - Project Operations and ManagementPublic R&D Programmes, Administration's Programmes.

    Administrative Officer at the Administrations?s Programmes area of 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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    Joxe Mikel Garmendia
    Researcher AZTI - Marine and Coastal Environmental ManagementAssessment of the Marine Environment Health Status, Environmental Impact and Quality, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems.

    Background: Marine Biology
    Working in AZTI since 2005, autor of more tan 55 publications.
    Experience in studies dealing with Macrobenthic taxonomy, population distribution and dynamics; Sediment toxicity, Ecotoxicological bioassays; Intertidal seagrasses, Zostera noltii, restoration activities; Sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus; Marine resources, traditional fisheries, crustaceans.

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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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    Irene Gómez
    Laboratory Technician AZTI - Marine Laboratory AnalysisAnalytical Services, Safety and Health.

    Laboratory technician specialised in the determination of fish development stages during fish spawning. Over 10 years experience in biological sampling of commercial pelagic species in the Basque Country. Collaborator in age estimation of the Trachurus trachurus species. Extensive experience in field sampling and related physical-chemical and biological analytical tests. Senior Technician in Occupational Risks Prevention at the Pasaia facilities since 2010, specialising in Health Surveillance. Monitor for Basic Life Support and Defibrillation. University Diploma in Nursing by the University of the Basque Country, with other 5 years experience.

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    María Isabel Gómez
    Administrative Assistant AZTI - Administration's ProgrammesPublic R&D Programmes.

    I studied at Deusto University (Bilbao) Secretarial Studies for three years, with English and German as the chosen languages. My professional path has been developed mainly in ANESVAD Foundation, carrying out several health projects and helping in administrative and financial issues for 16 years.

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    Nicolás Goñi
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Operational Oceanography, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    He completed his PhD on albacore habitat and feeding ecology in 2008 and started working in AZTI in January 2009 in the tuna resource management team, participating in or coordinating several European and international projects, among which Forage fish interactions (FACTS), Basin-scale Analysis and Integration (Euro-BASIN), acoustic surveys directed to bluefin tuna abundance estimation in the Bay of Biscay (Zuzenatun, BFTindex) and tagging surveys in the Bay of Biscay and Mediterranean Sea in the framework of the Atlantic-wide research program for bluefin tuna (GBYP Tagging Phase 3, GBYP Tagging Phase 4 Objective A).

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    Manuel González
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Observation and DataObservation and Data, Climate Change, Operational Oceanography, Aquaculture.

    Civil Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Disciplines: Hydraulic and Energy Engineering; Ports and Ocean Engineering. 18-years experience in marine research. Since 1997 he works in AZTI in marine dynamics, numerical modeling (transport, currents, waves and tides) and data series.

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    Meritxel González
    Administrative Assistant AZTI - Marketing and CommunicationMarketing and Communication

    She is junior administrative assistant at the Marketing and Communication Department of AZTI.
    She holds a graduation on Business and Tourism from Deusto University (Spain). Currently she is responsible for AZTI

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    Tania González
    Administrative Assistant AZTI - EcofinAdministration and Payroll, Administration and Accounting.

    Administrative and Reception tasks.

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    Alberto González de Zárate
    Senior Researcher AZTI - Food Quality, Safety And IdentityFood Safety, Food Control, Food Processing Technologies, Food Identity, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

    Responsible of more than 100 national and international projects dealing with R&D in primary sector, food traceability and security, hygienic design of food processing facilities, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Quality Assurance Systems (ISO 9000), fish sustainability, fish trade, etc.

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    Maitane Grande
    Researcher AZTI- Sustainable Fisheries ManagementConservation of marine ecosystems, Sustainable fishing technologies

    Marine researcher specialized in tuna reproductive biology and trophic ecology. Nowadays, I am working in actions in cooperation between the science and the fishing sector in line with RFMOs guidelines to improve fishing practices on board, reducing the by-catch of sensible species, contributing to biological data collection to the increase of scientific knowledge for the science-based assessment and sustainable management of tropical tuna stocks

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    Mónica Gutiérrez
    Researcher AZTI - Efficient And Sustainable ProcessesProduction Efficiency and Savings, Circular Economy: Valorisation of Food By-Products, Food Processing Technologies, Food Chain 4.0.

    Researcher at the Sustainability area of AZTI. BSc in Analytical Chemistry. She has 17 years

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    Natalia Gutiérrez
    Laboratory Technician AZTIAnalytical Services, Food Control, Food Safety, Food Identity.

    Analista especializada en el control microbiológico de alimentos, aguas y bebidas. Trabajo bajo Norma UNE EN/ISO 17025. Análisis mediante microbiología clásica y mediante RT-PCR. Amplia experiencia en la caracterización de microorganismos mediante secuenciación del gen 16SrADN (bacterias) y fragmentos ITS (Hongos y levaduras). Habilitada para trabajo tanto en zona de contención biológica nivel 2 como 3. Certificada por la Colección Española de Cultivos Tipo para el Manejo y Conservación de microorganismos.