Dr. María Martínez-Mena

María Martínez-Mena

Tenured scientist, since 2002

Background and former positions

Former jobs at the University of Murcia.
PhD in Biology, CEBAS-University of Murcia, 1995.
Master of Water Science and Technology, University of Murcia, 1991.
Degree in Biology, University of Murcia, June 1984.

Research interests

My research interests are related to:

  • soil erosion, degradation and desertification processes and the mechanisms operating at different spatial scales,
  • the effects of land use and management on the biogeochemical cycles, mainly that of organic carbon, and
  • soil protection and rehabilitation of semiarid areas.

Selected publications

Martínez-Mena, M., López, J., Almagro, M., Albaladejo, J., Castillo, V., Ortiz, R., Boix-Fayos, C., 2011. Organic carbon enrichment in sediments: Effects of rainfall characteristics under different land uses in a Mediterranean area. Catena. Doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2011.02.005

Martínez-Mena M., López J., Almagro M., Boix-Fayos C. Albaladejo J. 2008. Effect of water erosion and cultivation on the soil carbon stock in a semiarid area of South-East Spain. Soil & Tillage Research 99, 119-129

Martínez-Mena M., Álvarez Rogel J., Albaladejo J. and Castillo V. Organic carbon and nitrogen influenced by vegetation removal in a semiarid Mediterranean soil. Biogeochemistry 61, 309-321.

Martínez-Mena M., Castillo V. and Albaladejo J. 2001. Hydrological and erosional response to natural rainfall in a degraded semi-arid area of Southeast Spain. Hydrological Processes 115, 557-571.

Current research projects

Management practices in organic upland crops in the Region of Murcia: Efficiency and carbon sequestration impacts on production and on the water and nutritional status of the almond. Funded by the Séneca Foundation, 2009-2012.

Carbon sequestration mechanisms in semiarid soils according to land uses and soil management practices. Funded by the Spanish Government, 2010-2013.

Impact of management practices on erosion and C cycle in semiarid Mediterranean areas. Funded by the Spanish Government, 2011-2014.