Liliana García Lago


Permanent address: Universidade de Vigo. Departmento de Ecoloxía e Bioloxía Animal

Campus As Lagoas-Marcosende. 36310 Vigo (SPAIN)


Phone: +34 986 812 585

Fax: +34 986 812 556

Professional info


Biologist with experience in ecology, field sampling in rivers (permanent and temporary), reservoirs and coastal lagoons. High experience in taxonomic identification of benthic invertebrates, water quality analysis and laboratory testing specific multimetric indices according to standard European normatives and environmental quality control. Redaction of manuscripts in scientific journals and technical reports for public administrations.


Personal qualifications:

  • Excellent team player and ability to work independently

  • High motivation and energy

  • Ability to pursue multiple tasks and consistently meet deadlines

  • High networking capabilities Interpersonal skills and ability to work in an international and culturally diverse environment

Work experience


Postdoctoral Researcher

​July 2014 - present


Postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and the Montana State University (Montana, USA). I am currently investigating the multiple global changes affecting the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems, driven largely by human activities (alterations to climate, nutrient cycles and biodiversity, global intensification of agriculture) to understand how trophic interactions affect community dynamics and ecosystem functioning in aquatic ecosystems.


Specialist Researcher

​May 2012 - December 2013


Participation in the REFRESH project: Adaptive strategies to Mitigate the impacts of climate change on European Freshwater Ecosystems (R+D+I project funded in the competitive call EU, FP7). Agreement nº. 244121





 I worked on many projects, mostly related to the Water Framework Directive (WFD). All these projects were funded by R+D+I non-competitive contracts and grants with administrations or public or private bodies as well as in competitive calls by public or private bodies. 


  • Researcher/Biologist. University of Vigo. Full-time contracts. Periods: from 01/03/2011 to 30/04/2011; from 08/10/2010 to 28/02/2011; from 21/09/2010 to 04/10/2010; from 01/08/2010 to 20/09/2010; from 01/02/2008 to 28/02/2008; from 16/07/2006 to 15/03/2007; 16/07/2005 to 15/07/2006; from 01/05/2005 to 30/06/2005. Full-time grants. Periods: from 01/09/2009 to 30/11/2009; from 01/03/2009 to 31/08/2009; from 01/09/2007 to 21/12/2007; from 15/03/2007 to 15/07/2007; from 01/01/2004 to 31/12/2004.

  • Researcher/Biologist. Fundación Empresa-Universidad Gallega (FEUGA). Full-time contract from 01/01/2005 to 30/03/2005. Full-time grant from 01/12/2009 to 28/02/2010.

Academic Background


  • January 2012. Ph.D. in Stream Ecology. University of Vigo (Spain)

Title: "A vía detritívora nas cabeceiras dos ríos forestados: O papel dunha especie dominante no ecosistema". Detritivorous pathways in coastal headwaters: Role of a dominant species in the ecosystem. Supervisor: Prof. Isabel Pardo Gamundi.

I have received the grade of outstanding (Cum Laude) during the Ph.D. dissertation and the Academic Excellence Award for the PhD Thesis during the course 2011-2012 ("Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado") by the University of Vigo.


  • 2002-2004. M. Sc. student. University of Vigo (Spain)


  • 1998-2002. Bachelor´s Degree in Biology. University of Vigo (Spain)



  • Native languages: Galician and Spanish

  • Foreign languages: English.  First Certificate in English (FCE) by the University of Cambridge (January 2012). Level Intermediate-High (B2 in CEFR)



  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint). Advanced

  • Database management (Access). Intermediate

  • Statistical packages (SPSS, PRIMER, SIGMAPLOT, CANOCO and R software). Intermediate-Advanced

  • Cartography (gvSIG). Basic

2010 - present

2010 - present