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Gender male
Job title Profesor Titular
Department Stratigraphy and Palaentology
Universidad del País Vasco/ Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea ( UPV/EHU)
The University of the Basque Country Campus de Leioa 48949 Leioa 48080
Nationality Spain
Tel +34 946012637
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Website http://www.ehu.eus/alejandro.cearreta
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Degree PhD
Job type Teaching/Education , Research
Research Area(s) Marine Geology, Geophysics , Pollution , Marine Geology, Geophysics , Pollution
Research Activities -Research topic 1. Recent geology of the coastal area: historical transformation, modern characteristics and environmental regeneration. As a consequence of the great variety of activities (urban, industrial and services) located on the coastal area, implementation of complex management plans is becoming compulsory. Historically this area has experienced an intense human pressure that provoked its continuous physical destruction and a deep chemical and biological transformation. The implementation of environmental conservation and regeneration schemes on particular ecosystems makes necessary to carry out geological studies in order to evaluate their modern characteristics, their historical alteration processes, and the feasibility of environmental improvement proposals. -Research topic 2. Quaternary environmental evolution of coastal ecosystems: multiproxy analysis of the sedimentary record. As a result of the frequent, rapid and intense climatic changes that characterize the Quaternary period, coastal environments have experienced dramatic variations during the last two million years. Those sediments that have accumulated on these environments contain a very complete record of the processes and events that occurred during this time interval. The high-resolution multiproxy study of this sedimentary record allows to reconstruct the past features, to understand the present conditions, and to deduce the possible future environmental variability.
Working languages Spanish, English, Italian
Skills/Expertise Micropalaeontology (benthic foraminifera), sea-level changes, coastal environments, human impacts on the coast
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Prof. Alejandro CEARRETA)

Monge-Ganuzas, M.; Evans, G. & Cearreta, A. (2015) Sand-spit accumulations at the mouths of the eastern Cantabrian estuaries: the example of the Oka estuary (Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve). Quaternary International, 364, 206-216.
García-Artola, A.; Cearreta, A. & Leorri, E. (2015) Relative sea-level changes in the Basque coast (northern Spain, Bay of Biscay) during the Holocene and Anthropocene: the Urdaibai estuary case. Quaternary International, 364, 172-180.
Irabien, M.J.; García-Artola, A.; Cearreta, A. & Leorri, E. (2015) Chemostratigraphic and lithostratigraphic signatures of the Anthropocene in estuarine areas from the eastern Cantabrian coast (N. Spain). Quaternary International, 364, 196-205.
Leorri, E.; Cearreta, A.; Irabien, M.J.; García-Artola, A.; Corbett, D.R.; Horsman, E.; Blake, W.H. & Sanchez-Cabeza, J.A. (2014) Anthropogenic disruptions of the sedimentary record in coastal marshes: examples from the southern Bay of Biscay (N. Spain). Continental Shelf Research, 86, 132-140.
Al-Ragum, A.; Monge-Ganuzas, M.; Amos, C.L.; Cearreta, A.; Townend, I. & Manca, E. (2014) An evaluation of the Rouse theory for sand transport in the Oka estuary, Spain. Continental Shelf Research, 78, 39-50.
Leorri, E.; Mitra, S.; Irabien, M.J.; Zimmerman, A.R.; Blake, W.H. & Cearreta, A. (2014) A 700 yr record of combustion-derived pollution in northern Spain: tools to identify the Holocene/Anthropocene transition in coastal environments. Science of the Total Environment, 470-471, 240-247.
Amaya-Monterrosa, O.A.; Machain-Castillo, M.L.; Ruiz-Fernández, A.C.; Sánchez-Cabeza, J.A.; Carranza-Edwards, A.; Cearreta, A.; Cabrera-Ramírez, M.A.; Espinoza-Navarrete, J.; Meza-Guerrero, E.; Pérez-Bernal, L.H. & Rodriguez-Ramírez, A. (2014) Geochemical and micropaleontological evidence of recent hydrological changes in sedimentary records of Jiquilisco Bay, El Salvador/ Evidencias geoquímicas y micropaleontológicas de cambios hidrológicos recientes en registros sedimentarios de la bahía de Jiquilisco, El Salvador. Ciencias Marinas, 40, 305-320.
Leorri, E.; Cearreta, A.; García-Artola, A.; Irabien, M.J. & Blake, W.H. (2013) Relative sea-level rise in the Basque coast (N Spain): different environmental consequences on the coastal area. Ocean and Coastal Management, 77, 3-13.
Cearreta, A.; García-Artola, A.; Leorri, E.; Irabien, M.J. & Masque, P. (2013) Recent environmental evolution of regenerated salt marshes in the southern Bay of Biscay: anthropogenic evidences in their sedimentary record. Journal of Marine Systems, 109-110, 203-212.
Alday, M.; Cearreta, A.; Freitas, M.C. & Andrade, C. (2013) Modern and late Holocene foraminiferal record of restricted environmental conditions in the Albufeira Lagoon, SW Portugal. Geologica Acta, 11, 75-84.
Monge-Ganuzas, M., Cearreta, A. & Evans, G. (2013) Morphodynamic consequences of dredging and dumping activities along the lower Oka estuary (Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, southeastern Bay of Biscay, Spain). Ocean and Coastal Management, 77, 40-49.
Dias, J.A., Cearreta, A., Isla, F.I. & Mahiques, M.M. (2013) Anthropogenic impacts on Iberoamerican coastal areas: historical processes, present challenges, and consequences for coastal zone management. Ocean and Coastal Management, 77, 80-88.
Leorri, E.; Drago, T.; Fatela, F.; Bradley, S.; Moreno, & Cearreta, A. (2013) Late Glacial and Holocene coastal evolution in the Minho estuary (N. Portugal): implications for understanding sea-level changes in Atlantic Iberia. The Holocene, 23, 353-363.
Schönfeld, J., Alve, E.; Geslin, E.; Jorissen, F.; Korsun, S.; Spezzaferri, S. & FOBIMO Group (Abramovich, S.; Almogi-Labin, A.; Armynot du Chatelet, E.; Barras, C.; Bergamin, L.; Bicchi, E.; Bouchet, V.; Cearreta, A.; Di Bella, L.; Dijkstra, N.; Trevisan Disaro, S.; Ferraro, L.; Frontalini, F.; Gennari, G.; Golikova, E.; Haynert, K.; Hess, S.; Husum, K.; Martins, V.; McGann, M.; Oron, S.; Romano, R.; Silvia Mello Sousa, S. & Tsujimoto, A.) (2012) The FOBIMO (FOraminiferal BIo-MOnitoring) initiative: towards a standardised protocol for benthic foraminiferal monitoring studies. Marine Micropaleontology, 94-95, 1-13.
Irabien, M.J.; Cearreta, A. & Urteaga, M. (2012) Historical signature of Roman mining activities in the Bidasoa estuary (Basque Country, northern Spain): an integrated micropalaeontological, geochemical and archaeological approach. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39, 2361-2370.
Leorri, E.; Cearreta, A. & Milne, G. (2012) Field observations and modelling of Holocene sea-level changes in the southern Bay of Biscay: implication for understanding current rates of relative sea-level change and vertical land motion along the Atlantic coast of SW Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews, 42, 59-73.
Leorri, E.; Fatela, F.; Cearreta, A.; Moreno, J.; Antunes, C. and Drago, T. (2011) Assessing the performance of a foraminifera-based transfer function to estimate sea-level changes in northern Portugal. Quaternary Research, 75, 278-287.
Leorri, E.; Gehrels, W.R.; Horton, B.P.; Fatela, F. and Cearreta, A. (2010) Distribution of foraminifera in salt marshes along the Atlantic coast of SW Europe: tools to reconstruct past sea-level variations. Quaternary International, 221, 104-115.
Leorri, E. and Cearreta, A. (2009) Quantitative assessment of the salinity gradient within the estuarine systems in the southern Bay of Biscay using benthic foraminifera. Continental Shelf Research, 29, 1226-1239.
Leorri, E. and Cearreta, A. (2009) Recent sea-level changes in the southern Bay of Biscay: transfer function reconstructions from salt-marshes compared with instrumental data. Scientia Marina, 73, 287-296.
Leorri, E.; Horton, B.P. and Cearreta, A. (2008)Development of a foraminifera-based transfer function in the Basque marshes, N Spain: implications for sea-level studies in the Bay of Biscay. Marine Geology, 251, 60-74.
Irabien, M.J.; Cearreta, A.; Leorri, E.; Gómez, J. & Viguri, J. (2008) A 130-year record of pollution in the Suances estuary (southern Bay of Biscay): implications for environmental management. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56, 1719-1727.
Monge-Ganuzas, M., Cearreta, A. and Iriarte, E. (2008) Consequences of estuarine sand dredging and dumping on the Urdaibai Reserve of the Biosphere: the case of the ?Mundaka left wave?. Journal of Iberian Geology, 34, 215-234.
Leorri, E.; Cearreta, A.; Irabien, M.J. & Yusta, I. (2008) Geochemical and microfaunal proxies to assess environmental quality conditions during the recovery process of a heavily polluted estuary: The Bilbao estuary case (N. Spain). Science of the Total Environment, 396, 12-27.
Leorri, E.; Cearreta, A. and Horton, B.P. (2008) A foraminifera-based transfer function as a tool for sea-level reconstructions in the southern Bay of Biscay. Geobios, 41, 787-797.
Cearreta, A.; Alday, M; Irabien, M.J.; Etxebarria, N. & Soto, J. (2008) Modern conditions and recent development of the Muskiz estuary: historical disturbance by the largest oil refinery of Spain. Journal of Iberian Geology, 34, 191-213.
Cearreta, A.; Alday, M.; Freitas, M.C. and Andrade, C. (2007) Postglacial foraminifera and paleoenvironments of the Melides lagoon (SW Portugal): towards a regional model of coastal evolution. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 37.
Alday, M.; Cearreta, A.; Cachão, M.; Freitas, M.C.; Andrade, C. and Gama, C. (2006) Micropalaeontological record of Holocene estuarine and marine stages in the Corgo do Porto Rivulet (Mira River, SW Portugal). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 66, 532-543.
Cearreta, A.; Leorri, E. and Santos, L. (2006) The stratigraphic significance of reworked Quaternary microfossils in the Holocene of the Bilbao estuary (northern Spain). Revista Española de Micropaleontología, 38.
Leorri, E. and Cearreta, A. (2004) Holocene environmental development of the Bilbao estuary, northern Spain: sequence stratigraphy and foraminiferal interpretation. Marine Micropaleontology, 51, 75-94.
Cearreta, A.; Irabien, M.J. and Pascual, A. (2004) Human activities along the Basque coast during the last two centuries: geological perspective of recent anthropogenic impact on the coast and its environmental consequences. In: A. Borja and M. Collins (eds.), Oceanography and Marine Environment of the Basque Country, Elsevier Oceanography Series, 70, 27-50. Amsterdam.
Cearreta, A.; Cachão, M.; Cabral, M.C.; Bao, R. and Ramalho, M.J. (2003) Lateglacial and Holocene environmental changes in Portuguese coastal lagoons 2: microfossil multiproxy reconstruction of the Santo André coastal area. The Holocene, 13, 447-458
Cundy, A.B.; Croudace, I.W.; Cearreta, A. and Irabien, M.J. (2003) Reconstructing historical pollution trends in heavily-disturbed, contaminated estuaries: studies from Bilbao, Southampton Water and Sicily. Applied Geochemistry, 18, 311-325.
Cearreta, A.; Irabien, M.J.; Ulibarri, I.; Yusta, I.; Croudace, I.W. & Cundy, A.B. (2002) Recent Salt Marsh Development and Natural Regeneration of Reclaimed Areas in the Plentzia Estuary, N. Spain. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 54, 863-886.
Cearreta, A.; Alday, M.; Freitas, M.C.; Andrade, C. and Cruces, A. (2002) Modern and Holocene foraminiferal record of alternating open and restricted conditions in the Santo André lagoon, SW Portugal. Hydrobiologia, 475/476, 21-27.
Cearreta, A.; Irabien, M.J.; Leorri, E.; Yusta, I.; Croudace, I.W. & Cundy, A.B. (2002) Environmental transformation of the Bilbao estuary, N. Spain: microfaunal and geochemical proxies in the recent sedimentary record. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 44, 487-503
Cearreta, A.; Irabien, M.J.; Leorri, E.; Yusta, I.; Croudace, I.W. and Cundy, A.B. (2000) Recent anthropogenic impacts on the Bilbao estuary, N. Spain: geochemical and microfaunal evidence Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 50, 571-592
Cearreta, A. and Murray, J.W. (2000) AMS 14C dating of Holocene estuarine deposits: consequences of high-energy and reworked foraminifera The Holocene, 10, 157-161
Cearreta, A. (1998) Holocene sea-level change in the Bilbao estuary (north Spain): foraminiferal evidence Micropaleontology, 44, 265-276
Cearreta, A. and Murray, J.W. (1996) Holocene paleoenvironmental and relative sea-level changes in the Santoña estuary, Spain Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 26, 289-299

Group(s): GLODIR
Created: 1997-07-04 Last Updated: 2016-06-20 by Alejandro CEARRETA