Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Tenure-track from the Spanish Government, Ramon y Cajal researcher at CEAB-CSIC

  • 2015 – 2017
    Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry for young researchers (JIN-researcher) at CEAB-CSIC

  • Since 2014
    Working in collaboration with public administrations and restoration companies to develop urban green infrastructures that are more effective at mitigating water pollution, and to disseminate to water stakeholders and the general public the consequences of urbanisation and climate change on water quality

  • 2014 – 2018
    Associate Professor at the Dept. BEECA at UB

  • 2012 – 2014
    Fellowship from the “Junta para la ampliación de estudios-CSIC” (JAE-DOC) at CEAB-CSIC

  • 2009 – 2012
    Fellowship from the Spanish Government for the reinstatement of postdoctoral researchers (Juan de la Cierva) at CEAB-CSIC

  • 2007 – 2009
    Fulbright Postdoctoral fellow at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University (NJ, USA)

  • 2006
    PhD at the University of Barcelona (UB, Spain)

  • 2002
    BSc at the University of Barcelona (UB, Spain)

Selected publications

  • Bernal, S., Drummond, J., Castelar, S., Gacia, E., Ribot, M., Martí, E. 2020. Wastewater treatment plant effluent inputs induce large biogeochemical changes during low flows in an intermittent stream but small changes in day-night patterns. Science Total Environment 15, 714.

  • Bernal, S., Lupon, A., Wollheim, W.M., Sabater, F., Poblador, S., Martí, E. 2019. Supply, demand, and in-stream retention of dissolved organic carbon and nitrate during storms in Mediterranean forested headwater streams. Frontiers Environmental Science 7, 60.

  • Wollheim, W.M., Bernal, S., Burns, D., Czuba, J.A., Driscoll, C.T., Hansen, A.T., Hensley, R.T., Hosen, J.D., Kaushal, S.S., Koenig, K., Lu, Y., Marzadri, A., Raymond, P., Scott, D., Stewart, R.J., Vidon, P.G., Wohl, E. 2018. River network saturation concept: factors influencing biogeochemical demand of entire river networks relative to supply. Biogeochemistry 141 (3): 503-521.

  • Bernal, S., Lupon, A., Catalán, N., Castelar, S., Martí, E. 2018. Decoupling of dissolved organic patterns between stream and riparian groundwater in a headwater forested stream. Hydrology and Earth System Science 22: 1897‒1910. Highlighted by HESS.

  • Pinay, G., Bernal, S., Abbott B.W., Lupon A., Martí, E., Sabater, F., Krause, S. Riparian corridors: A new conceptual framework for assessing nitrogen buffering across biomes. Frontiers in Environmental Science 6: 47.

  • Marcé, R., von Schiller, D., Rosana, A., Martí, E., Bernal, S. 2018. Contribution of hydrological opportunity and biogeochemical reactivity to the variability of nutrient retention in river networks. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 32: 376-388.

  • Lupon, A., Martí, E., Sabater, F., Bernal, S. 2016. Green light: gross primary production influences seasonal stream N export by controlling fine-scale N dynamics. Ecology, 97: 133‒144.

  • Bernal, S., von Schiller, D., Martí E., Sabater, F. 2013. Hydrological extremes modulate nutrient dynamics in mediterranean-type streams across different spatial scales”. Hydrobiologia 719(1) :31-42, doi: 10.1007/s10750-012-1246-2.

  • Bernal, S., Hedin, L.O., Likens, G.E., Gerber, S., Buso, D.C. 2012. Complex response of the forest nitrogen cycle to climate change”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of America 109(9): 3406-3411, doi:10.1073/pnas.1121448109. Highlighted in Faculty 1000 Biology, Science Daily, Eureka Alert.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • CANTERA. Influence of the hydrologic regime on carbon-nitrogen cycles at the stream-riparian interface (RTI2018-094521-B-100). Funding: MECU Call: Retos-PN PI: S. Bernal (CEAB) Affiliation: CEAB-CSIC. €103.000 Role: Principal Investigator, Coordination, Execution, 2019 – 2021

  • NICUS. Lights and shadows of the nitrogen cycle in urban strems (CGL2014-55234-JIN). Funding: MINECO Call: I+D+I projects, Programa estatal de investigación desarrollo, e innovación orientada a los retos de la sociedad. PI: Susana Bernal Affiliation: CEAB-CSIC. Amount: €169.900. Role: Leader, coordinator, and executor of the project, 2014 – 2018

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • AIL (Iberian Association of Limnology). Active member in the Gender Group

  • SIBECOL (Iberian Association of Ecology). Founder member, tresurer, executive board

  • ASLO (American Association of Limnology and Oceanography)

  • SFS (American Association of Freshwater Sciences)

  • AGU (American Geophysical Union)

  • Organizing Committee of the joint ASLO-SFS meeting (Madison, USA, 2020) (cancelled because of covid-19), 2019 – 2020

  • Organizing Committee of the 1st Congress of the Iberian Association of Ecology (SIBECOL), 2018 – 2019

  • The Lindeman Award Subcommittee (ASLO), 2016 – 2018

  • International Advisory Board of HydroEco (Birmingham, UK, 2017), 2016 – 2017

  • Reviewer of JIN-projects for young researchers (ANECA-AEI), 2016/2020

  • E-COST actions, 2017

  • Reviewer of I+D+I Retos (MINECO-ANECA), 2017

  • Technical Expert of the Spanish National Research Council ANECA-AEI, since 2015

  • Evaluation Committee FONCyT and ANCPCyT (Argentina), 2013

  • Evaluation Committee JAE-Predoc fellowships, 2011

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Partner in international scientific projects


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mum of two little bees (7 and 11 years old). I love playing music, cooking, hiking, and camping with them!

  • Booster and co-coordinator of the Exposition “Women in Limnology” (Coimbra, Portugal), 2018


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