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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Ivan Saez de la Fuente
Laboratory Technician AZTI - People And OrganisationTIC´s, Information Management, Observation and Data.

IT Analyst:
Management and maintenance of Linux servers.
Technical support in corporate websites.

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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.
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Arantza Salvarrey
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Food Quality, Safety And IdentityFood Safety, Food Control, Food Identity, Analytical Services.

Environmental analysis specialized analyst, chemical analysis of organic and inorganic compounds.
Management of laboratory accreditation standard ISO17025 and ISO14001 environmental certification standard.
Qualification in basic analytical methods, genetic identification and Mixed chimerism study.

Currently developing analytical food safety and quality

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David San Martín
Researcher AZTI - Efficient And Sustainable ProcessesCircular Economy: Valorisation of Food By-Products, Aquaculture, Production Efficiency and Savings, Environmental Assessment and Communication, Biotechnology.

Degree in Marine Biology at U.S.C. (2003); Senior Technician in Aquaculture Production at I.GA.FA (2004); Senior Technician in Occupational Risk Prevention at Juritecnia (2010).

Experience in: Aquariology (Aquarium Donostia; 2000); Aquaculture (Cultivos Marinos del Norte turbot farm; 2004); Fish Processing and Quality (Fandicosta and Elaborados Gallegos S.A.; 2005-2006); Fish Quality Certification (Bureau Veritas Spain; 2007-2009) or as a Fisheries Observer (AZTI; 2008).

He has been working in AZTI since 2009, involved in European, national and regional projects focused on the food industry sustainability, specifically on the management, valorisation and recovery of food waste, and on the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture. Technical leader of two European projects: Life CLEAN FEED and Life GISWASTE.

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Sonia Sánchez
Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management.

Background: Mathematics and Statistics

Education: BSc in Mathematics, MSci in Mathematical modelling, Statistics and Computation

Fisheries modeller: fish population dynamics, management strategy evaluation, bio-economic modelling of fisheries systems, climate change impacts on fish stocks.
Software development:
Eco-labels for responsible fisheries: scientific advice for the fleets and P1 expert in an MSC assessment.

Member of the ICES Working Group on Widely Distributed Species (WGWIDE) from 2008 onwards. She has been involved in several research projects on assessment, biology, stock dynamics and management of small pelagics. She is currently collaborating on the development of FLBEIA bio-economic model and as cooperated with EC STECF in the definition of the anchovy long term management plan. Since 2009, is also working in the eco-certification of fisheries products and the study of the MSC certification standards.

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Esther Sanmartín
Researcher AZTI - New FoodsPleasure and Convenience, Nutritional and Health Claims, Food Processing Technologies.

Esther Sanmart

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Josu Santiago
Head of Research Area AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Observation and Data.

Josu Santiago received his PhD in Biology, specializing in tuna biology and tuna population dynamics. He has worked in AZTI (Basque Country, Spain) since 1985; during these years he has been involved in several national and international research projects in the field of fish biology and fish stock assessment, particularly in temperate and tropical tuna. He has published 10 peer reviewed papers and contributed over 30 working documents. During the period 1992-1999 he was Head of the Department of Fishery Resources of AZTI-Tecnalia and Chairman of the Albacore Working Group of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT). Among other responsabilities, Josu has been Director of Fisheries of the Basque Government (Spain) for three mandates; and chairman of the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) of ICCAT for two mandates, from 2011 to 2014.Currently he is Head of the Area of Tuna Research of AZTI.

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María Santos
Senior Researcher AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Observation and Data, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Conservation of Marine Ecosystems, Assessment of the Marine Environment Health Status.


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Marina Santurtún
Head of Research Area AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementIntegrated Assessment of Living Resources, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Observation and Data, Sustainable Fishing Technologies.

Back ground: Ocean Sciences
Generalist competences: Fisheries: Assessment and Management.
Specialist competences: Fleet & Fisheries dynamics; Discards, Common Fisheries Management, Governance.
From 1999 to 2012, she coordinated the assessment of Northern Megrim in ICES WGBIE (previously WGHMM). Actually she is the Chair of the WG of ICES on Cephalopods Biology and Life History. She has participated in EU Projects (VI & VII FP) as WP coordinator since 1999, leading the international research project AFRAME (2007-2009): A framework for fish and fisheries Management (VI FP). She has participated in several EU Tenders (IP/B/PECH/IC/2013_088), INTERREG and on going H2020 Projects. In the International context, she participates in Consultancy Projects in Saudi Arabia in relation to a Fisheries Program establishment in the Gulf and trap fisheries in the Red Sea. Since 2009 participates regularly to the Regional Advisory Committees from the EU, specially AC SWW and AC NWW.

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Naiara Serrano
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Marine Laboratory AnalysisAnalytical Services.

Laboratory technician specialised in the identification of zooplankton through image analysis to obtain zooplankton abundance and distribution estimates (ZooImage). Over 10 years experience in the processing of biological samples of different species and in oceanographic campaigns . Experience in bioassays for the determination of toxicity in marine sediment. Collaborator in the age estimation of the Scomber scombrus species and in diverse Environmental Management projects. Extensive experience in field sampling and the related physical-chemical analytical tests.

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Mari Jose Sierra
Laboratory Technician AZTI - Food Quality, Safety and IdentityFood Safety, Food Control, Food Identity.

Molecular Biology Laboratory Technician
Food analysis using GC, GC-MS, HPLC, AAS. Microbiological control using conventional PCR. Species identification using PCR. Efficacy and toxicity assessment using gene expression. Working under UNE EN/ISO 17025 standard.

Beatriz Sobradillo Benguria
PhD Student AZTI - Sustainable Fisheries ManagementObservation and data, Sustainable fishing technologies, Integrated assessment of living resources, Conservation of marine ecosystems

PhD student on acoustic methods for biomass estimation of different trophic groups in the Bay of Biscay. MSc graduated in Marine
Environment and Resources.

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Lohitzune Solabarrieta
PhD Student AZTIMarine Research Division

Civil engineer.
Since 2010, doing my thesis titled “Ocean Surface Dynamic, in the Bay of Biscay”

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Oihana Solaun
Senior Researcher AZTI - Marine and Coastal Environmental ManagementHuman Activities and Marine Spatial Planning, Assessment of the Marine Environment Health Status, Environmental Impact and Quality.

PhD in Environmental Science (University of the Basque Country, 2014), Master in Environmental Education (Ecological Research Institute, M