Short CV/Education and training

  • In 2009 I obtained my doctoral degree in Experimental Sciences and Sustainability by the University of Girona. My PhD dissertation, carried out at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (CSIC), dealt with the effects of river regulation and hydrological connectivity on aquatic biodiversity.

  • The arrival of the zebra mussel to the Ebro River in 2009 triggered my interest in biological invasions. To learn more about this mollusc, I moved to the University of Cambridge with a Marie Curie IEF fellowship and joined the Aquatic Invasions group of Dr David Aldridge. I progressively expanded the scope of my research to other aquatic invasive species, and then to invaders or terrestrial and marine environments.

  • After my Marie Curie fellowship, I had the opportunity to work for Cambridge Environmental Consulting Ltd. (CEC), a University spin-off that provides consultancy services in the environmental sector.

  • In 2013 I moved back to Spain with a Severo Ochoa postdoctoral position at Doñana Biological Station (CSIC), where I joined the group of biological invasions led by Dr Montserrat Vilà. The EBD position allowed me to participate in strategic European initiatives on biological invasions such as Alien Challenge, the COST Action devoted to the study of biological invasions in Europe. I also participated as an expert in biological invasions under climate change in international panels that support the implementation of the recent European legislation (Regulation 1143/2014) on invasive species.

  • In 2014, I started a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellowship at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (CSIC) where I am integrated in the group of Ecological Restoration (Dept. Biodiversity Conservation), and the RESTECO (E40-17R) regional research group. Here, I have lead three national projects as principal investigator, funded by Fundación Iberdrola (20.000€), Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad (31.000€) and Fundación Biodiversidad (29.000€), respectively. These projects have allowed me to acquire a high-performance computer server to develop more complex ecological models, and to build my own research team.

  • In 2019 I went back to Cambridge to join the Biosecurity Research Initiative at St. Catherine's (BioRISC). This is a unique model of university-policy interface that combines scholarly research and workshops where world experts systematically work through biosecurity governance challenges. The work programme of BioRISC is therefore set and guided by experts with links to Government, with the ultimate goal to address difficult questions that do not currently receive adequate attention.

  • In January 2020 I started a 5-years Ramón y Cajal fellowship at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology. I am Scientific Officer of project InvasiBES (2019-2021). This project is funded by BiodivERsA-Belmont Forum (969.000 €) and counts with the collaboration of top European and North American researchers in the field. Using a combination of scenario planning, ecological modelling and field sampling, the project will explore alternative future scenarios of invasion and their biosecurity implications in Europe.

Selected publications

  • Gallardo B., D.C. Aldridge, González-Moreno P., J. Pergl, M. Pizarro, P. Pysek, W. Thuiller, C. Yesson and M. Vilà. 2017. Protected Areas offer refuge from invasive species spreading under climate change. Global Change Biology, 23(12): 5331-5343. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13798

  • Gallardo, B., M. Clavero, M. Sánchez and M. Vilà. 2016. Global ecological impacts of invasive species in aquatic ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 22: 151-163. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13004

  • Gallardo B. and D.C. Aldridge. 2015. Is Great Britain heading for a Ponto-Caspian Invasional Meltdown? Journal of Applied Ecology, 52 (1): 41-49. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12348

  • Gallardo B., Zieritz A. and D.C. Aldridge. 2015. The importance of the human footprint in shaping the global distribution of terrestrial, freshwater and marine invaders. PLoSONE, 10 (5): e0125801. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125801

  • Gallardo, B., M. García, A. Cabezas, E. González, C. Ciancarelli, M. González-Sanchís and F. A. Comín. 2008. Macroinvertebrate patterns along environmental gradients and hydrological connectivity within a regulated river-floodplain. Aquatic Sciences, 70 (1): 248-258. DOI: 10.1007/s00027-008-8024-2

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • “Understanding and managing the Impacts of INVASIve alien species on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, InvasiBES”. Funding Institution: Biodiversa-Bellmont Forum. Role: Scientific Officer (PI: M. Vilà), 2019 – 2021

  • “Cambio Climático y Especies Exóticas Invasoras en la Red de Parques Nacionales: diagnóstico, adaptación y gobernanza (BioCambio)”. Funding Institution: Fundación Biodiversidad. Role: Principal Investigator, 2017 – 2018

  • “Tools for preventing exotic invasive species in a context of global change (ExoTool)”. Funding Institution: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Ref: CGL-2014-55145-R. Role: Principal Investigator, 2015 – 2017

  • “Invasiones biológicas y cambio climático en Europa: análisis de riesgos y oportunidades”. Funding Institution: Fundación Iberdrola. Role: Principal Investigator. Director of research: Montserrat Vilà (EBD-CSIC, Spain), 2014 – 2016

  • “Freshwater invasive species: control, prevention and eradication”. Role: Research fellow. Funding institution: European Community, Marie Curie program. Role: Principal Investigator, 2010 – 2012

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • BES. British Ecological Society, since 2017

  • AISECO. Asociación por la Integración de los Servicios del Ecosistema, since 2016

  • ASLO. American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, 2014 – 2015

  • SIL (International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology), 2007 – 2017

  • AIL (Asociación Ibérica de Limnología), 2007 – 2017

  • SRUK (Society of Spanish Researchers in UK), 2012 – 2014

  • BES (British Ecological Society),2011 – 2013

  • SER (International Society of Ecological Restoration), 2005 – 2006


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