Short CV/Education and training

  • My research focuses on the biogeochemistry of pollutants in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, with particular emphasis on the highly toxic Hg and the factors determining the formation of the organic form methylmercury, which bioaccumulates and biomagnifies in aquatic food webs. Along my predoc at Geneva University (Switzerland) and extensive international postdoc stages I have developed novel approaches combining the most recent advances in biogeochemistry, microbiology and analytical chemistry to challenge existing paradigms and build a deeper understanding of mercury cycling in the environment.

Selected publications

  • A. G. Bravo, S. Bouchet, J. Tolu, E. Björn, A. Mateos-Rivera, S. Bertilsson. 2017. Molecular composition of organic matter controls methylmercury formation in lakes. Nature Communications 8, 14255.

  • S. Herrero, N. Catalán, H. Gröntoft, T. G Hilmarsson, S Bertilsson, P. Wu, K. Bishop, O. Levanoni, E. Björn, A. G. Bravo. 2018. High methylmercury formation in ponds fueled by fresh humic and algal derived organic matter. Limnology & Oceanography 63, 44-53.

  • A. G. Bravo, D. N. Kothawala, K. Attermeyer, E. Tessier, P. Bodmer et al. 2018. The interplay between total mercury, methylmercury and dissolved organic matter in fluvial systems: A latitudinal study across Europe. Water Research 144, 172–182.

  • E. Gascón Díez, J-L. Loizeau, C. Cosio, S. Bouchet, T. Adatte, D. Amouroux, A. G. Bravo. 2016. Role of settling particles on mercury methylation in the oxic water column of freshwater systems. Environmental Science & Technology 50 (21), 11672-11679.

  • A. G. Bravo, J. Zopfi, S. Bertilsson, J. Xu, M. Buck, J. Pote, C. Cosio. 2018. Geobacteraceae are important members of mercury-methylating microbial communities of sediments impacted by waste water releases. The ISME journal 12:802–812.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Mer-Club: MERcury CLean-Up system based on Bioremediation by marine bacteria. EASME-European Comission. Amount: 835911.49 €. Team member, 2019 – 2022

  • VENEZIA 2021: Scientific research program for a regulated lagoon. Corila (Consortium for coordination of research activities concerning the Venice Lagoon system), 2018 – 2021

  • Using global marine metagenomics to understand MERcury microbial associated processes: finding a CURE for mercury contaminated environments (MER-CURE). Marie Skłodowska-Curie, European Commission, 2018 – 2020

  • Impact of microbial community structure on mercury methylation. Uppsala University, Sweden. Swedish Research Council, 2012 – 2014

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Secretary of the Iberian Society of Ecology (SIBECOL)

  • Board member of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL)

  • Membership of SIBECOL, AIL, ASLO and ISME

Media coverage

  • Radio program: El Far: Las dones de mar,

    Interview with the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography.


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