Anna Jurado Elices
Research group: Groundwater and Hydrogeochemistry
Anna Jurado studied Geology at the University of Barcelona (2005) and holds a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering with specialization in Groundwater Hydrology that she finished in October 2013 with an Excellent Cum Laude (UPC, 2013). Afterwards, she has pursued two postdocs in foreign EU countries. She worked at the Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology group at the University of Liège (ULg, Belgium) from November 2015 to October 2017. Thereafter, from November 2017 to March 2020, she worked at the Institute of Groundwater Management (TU Dresden, Germany). In total, she has more than 40 months of international research experience. During this period she obtained competitive fellowships: (1) Marie Curie Cofund and (2) Open Topic Postdoc Position. Recently, she has been awarded with a Beatriu de Pinós and she is a postdoctoral researcher at IDAEA-CSIC since April 2020.
She has participated in 7 competitive I+D+I projects funded by public entities (4 of them international) and in 8 research contracts funded by national (SACYR, GISA, ADIF) and international (Bridges Technologies) companies. She was the principal investigator of two of the I+D+I projects funded by the European Council (EC) through the Marie Curie actions and German Federal and State Governments (German funding). Recently, she has received funding for a new project (Contaminants of emerging concern in urban Aquifers: Are they a pRoblem for groundwater usE? (CARE)) funded by the Catalan Government and EC.
At mid-term she would like to investigate the field of urban hydrogeology. Pressure on freshwater resources in urban areas is increasing due to several factors such as high population growth and climate change. Consequently, further research must be devoted to identify potential freshwater resources such as urban groundwater. With that purpose in mind it is necessary to 1) identify the most suitable conditions that contribute to the natural bioremediation of selected contaminants in urban groundwater and (2) propose and develop solutions for the sustainable management of urban groundwater resources by means of numerical modelling facilitating the decision making and improving its management.