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Rodríguez Murillo, Juan Carlos
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CSIC - Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)
Biogeoquímica y Ecología Microbiana
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I was born in Madrid in September 1957. In 1986 I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid (1986) with the thesis "Studies on the distribution and energy transfer in unimolecular reactions". In March 1990 I became permanent staff scientist of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). In my career two different parts can be distinguished: The first from March 1982 until October 1992, where I worked on my PhD (between 1982 and 1986). I then worked as a postdoctoral fellow and non-staff researcher in the workforce in Germany, England and Spain (between 1987 and 1992), in the fields of unimolecular reactions and energy transfer, molecular dynamics and kinetic studies of reactions with lasers. Since 1989 I became interested in the problem of climate change, initially independently of my professional work in the Higher Council for Scientific Research. The second stage is from 1992 to the present. At this stage I have focused on the study of the carbon cycle as a fundamental element of global change and, more specifically, in the study of the carbon cycle in soils and vegetation of peninsular Spain, developing methods for calculating carbon deposits and temporal variations in soil and vegetation. I was the first to calculate the carbon balance of forests in Spain and I made the first map of soil C of peninsular Spain. In parallel I have been interested in the study of the energy system (production and consumption), in order to achieve sustainable production and consumption of energy. I have more recently been involved in the study of biogeochemical cycles in wetlands, developing a new interpretation of the NMR spectra of 13C sediments of wetlands to study the origins and transformations of organic matter, as well as in the study of the carbon cycle in freshwaters. For four years (2010 to present) I am working to determine temporal trends of organic carbon in large river and lake basins, which could be affected by global change, focusing my work in rivers and lakes of Switzerland. The results contradict the current paradigm of "a widespread increase of organic C in rivers and lakes in the northern hemisphere." Another recent line of research is the study of the dynamics of organic matter and carbon fluxes in temporary salt lakes, widespread and understudied ecosystems from these points of view.
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