Doctoral Program in Agrarian and Natural Environment Sciences




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Basic Competences

The students of the program acquire the basic competences indicated in article 5 of Royal Decree 99/2011 on doctorate. They are the following:

  1. Systematic understanding of their field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  2. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  3. Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  4. Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  5. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  6. Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.

Personal Abilities and Skills

The RD 99/2011 highlights the high professional training of doctors in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. Therefore, the doctors of the program will have acquired, at least, personal skills and abilities to:

  1. Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  2. Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  3. Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  4. Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  5. Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgements with limited information.
  6. The criticism and intellectual defence of solutions.

Other Competences, specific to the program


Información general

ACCESS

The requirements for access to doctorate studies are set in RD 99/2011 and can be consulted in the corresponding Instruction of the Doctorate School (pdf). In general, an official Spanish Bachelor's and Master's degrees or equivalent are required, with a minimum global extension of 300 ECTS credits.

Candidates with university degrees issued by a country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) may request admission directly (info). If the degree is issued by a country outside the EHEA, the application for access with a non-homologated foreign degree must be submitted (info).

Those interested can expand their information in the administrative section of the Doctoral School (web) or the administration of the program (see contact data in the program general information section).


ADMISSION

The Doctoral School will establish in the academic calendar of the year the period of application for admission in its programs. The application for admission will include a motivation letter indicating the research line(s) of interest. It may also include the proposal of a researcher for thesis director. In the resolution of admission, if this is favorable, the Academic Committee will appoint the tutor and the director of the thesis and assign the research line, or lines (up to two), of the thesis. It will also establish the type of dedication of the doctoral student (full or partial time) and, if appropriate, the training complements that must be completed. Exceptionally, the director's appointment may be postponed until three months after the date of the doctorate's enrollment in the program. The Academic Committee may declare a candidate as unsuitable for the program, based on the information contained in the candidate's motivation letter.

If the admitted applicant does not enroll in the doctoral program, the admission will expire one month after its concession date. In this case, individuals interested in starting doctoral studies must apply again for admission to the program. Open vacancies will be covered by the Academic Committee according to the corresponding waiting list.

Programs with available places will accept subsequent admission applications, until completion of the number of places offered by the program.

For all purposes, a candidate does not acquire the status of doctoral student at the University of Zaragoza until he/she formalizes his or her enrollment in the corresponding program. PhD students must register annually for academic tutelage.


Information specific to the program

Oferta de plazas: 30



Complementos formativos


Thesis Supervision

The procedures for the supervision of doctoral students are set in article 11 of Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates doctoral studies. The doctoral student admitted to the program has to enrol each academic year in academic tutelage at the University of Zaragoza. The Academic Committee of the program will assign a Thesis Director and a tutor, who may or may not be the same. The Thesis Director will be the person in charge of the overall management of the doctoral student's research tasks, of the coherence and adequacy of the training activities, of the impact and novelty in his/her field of the subject of the doctoral thesis and of the guide in other projects and activities where the doctoral student is involved. The tutor is responsible for the adaptation of the training and the research activity to the principles of the program and the Doctoral School and will ensure the interaction of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee of the program, the body responsible for supervising the progress of the research and training and the authorization of the thesis presentation of each doctoral student of the program.

The supervisory functions of the doctoral students will be documented in the Doctorate Letter which, once the registration is made, will be signed by the doctoral student, its tutor and its director, the program coordinator and the director of the Doctoral School. Those interested can expand the information on the thesis supervision in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.


Follow-up of the Doctoral Student

The follow-up of the training process leading to the presentation of the doctoral thesis is carried out through the research plan and the doctoral student's document of activities. The research plan is presented before the end of the first year of enrolment and includes, at least, the methodology to be used and the objectives to be achieved, as well as the means and the temporal planning to achieve it. The plan may be improved and detailed later and must be endorsed by the Director and the tutor. The document of activities is the register of all the activities -research stays, courses, attendance to congresses, or others- that the doctorate carries out from his enrolment until the presentation of the doctoral thesis. Annually, the Academic Committee of the program will evaluate the follow-up of the research plan together with the document of activities. The positive evaluation will be an essential requirement to continue in the program. In the case of a negative evaluation, the doctoral student must be evaluated again within a maximum period of six months. Those interested can expand this information in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.

Once the thesis is concluded, the doctoral student must proceed to deposit and defend it according to the dispositions included in the thesis regulation of the University of Zaragoza (info).


Transversal Training

The Doctoral School offers an annual series of voluntary activities for all doctoral students. This formation has a transversal and interdisciplinary nature. The offer is dynamic and covers the following formative aspects: communication (oral and written), access and information management, and skills for a future social and professional performance.  Information about the activities, admission and enrolment can be found in the website of the Doctoral School  (info).

Additionally, other formative activities of interest for a wide range of our doctoral students are disseminated through our web (info).


Specific Training


Research Lines

  • Alimentación de los rebaños en estabulación y en pastoreo, reproducción e interrelaciones fisiología-medio en el manejo en sistemas ganaderos extensivos
  • Análisis ambiental y paleoambiental integral de ecosistemas acuáticos
  • Análisis de los mercados agroalimentarios y del comportamiento del consumidor
  • Análisis estructural y funcional de macromoléculas en plantas. Detección de patrones de regulación por factores de transcripción
  • Análisis genéticos y transcriptómicos de la tolerancia a estreses abióticos (clorosis férrica, sequía, heladas, hipoxia y anoxia) y bióticos (hongos y nemátodos) en frutales. Fisiología y bioquímica d
  • Selección precoz mediante marcadores moleculares. Cultivo in Vitro
  • Anotación funcional de genomas de cereales
  • Aplicaciones agrarias y ambientales de la teledetección
  • Áreas naturales protegidas y educación ambiental
  • Biología estructural, biofísica y espectroscopia de proteínas del cloroplasto. Influencia de metaloproteínas bajo condiciones de estrés en la fotosíntesis
  • Biología reproductiva, calidad de la flor, biología floral, polinización, fecundación, interacción polen-pistilo, cuajado, y desarrollo de fruto en especies de Prunus (albaricoquero, cerezo, ciruelo)
  • Caracterización morfológica y molecular de recursos fitogenéticos de frutales, vid y hortícolas, y su conservación en bancos de germoplasma
  • Caracterización y seguimiento de humedales de medios áridos y su entorno agrícola
  • Control de la erosión y la degradación del suelo
  • Control de malas hierbas y evolución de la flora arvense frente a prácticas agrícolas
  • Diseño y selección a escala genómica de marcadores filogenéticos para diagnóstico molecular y metagenómica
  • Ecología de comunidades vegetales de pastos de montaña y de zonas áridas y semi-áridas: interacciones bióticas entre plantas, manejo agroganadero e implicaciones en la conservación de la biodiversidad
  • Ecología de mamíferos, conservación y gestión
  • Efectos del clima sobre el crecimiento secundario y la regeneración de especies leñosas, cambio global y decaimiento del bosque, ecología forestal. Dendrocronología
  • Evaluación de la sostenibilidad en sistemas agrosilvopastorales y valoración de servicios ecosistémicos
  • Evaluación de los servicios de los ecosistemas
  • Factores precosecha que influyen en la calidad de los alimentos de origen vegetal
  • Fertilización orgánica y mineral de cultivos
  • Fijación de nitrógeno por la simbiosis rizobio-leguminosa. Función de los antioxidantes y especies reactivas de oxígeno y nitrógeno (RONS) en la senescencia natural e inducida por estrés abiótico y co
  • Fisiología del crecimiento y desarrollo en sistemas ganaderos extensivos
  • Ganadería ecológica
  • Genética-poblacional, filogeografía, dinámica poblacional y conservación de plantas silvestres
  • Genómica estructural y funcional de leguminosas modelo y cultivadas
  • Herramientas transcriptómicas para el estudio de la biosíntesis de ácidos grasos en plantas. Caracterización bioquímica, celular y molecular de las omega-3 desaturasas de ácidos grasos de plantas
  • Hidrología agrícola, contaminación difusa agraria, salinidad
  • Influencia de los lípidos y los ácidos grasos de plantas en la adaptación al frío y en la respuesta a estreses bióticos y abióticos
  • Ingeniería y gestión de riegos
  • Limnología: ecología y diversidad taxonómica y funcional de los sistemas acuáticos continentales; efecto de las perturbaciones naturales y antrópicas sobre la estructura de la comunidad
  • Materia orgánica y estructura del suelo
  • Mecanización Agraria
  • Mejora genética y selección de hortícolas. Obtención de variedades e híbridos adaptados a condiciones de cultivo y resistentes a distintos patógenos
  • Mejora genética y selección de patrones frutales y de variedades cultivadas de Prunus (melocotonero) tolerantes a estreses bióticos y abióticos y adaptados a condiciones de cambio climático
  • Metabolismo del calcio en especies hortofrutícolas, fertilización foliar y proteómica de fruto
  • Modelización ecológica y evaluación de impacto ambiental bajo condiciones de cambio global, uso del suelo y gradientes de estrés ambiental
  • Morfología y génesis de suelos
  • Plantas leñosas mediterráneas: feno-morfología, estrategias funcionales y ciclos de nutrientes y carbono
  • Política agraria y comercio exterior
  • Restauración ecológica de ecosistemas terrestres y acuáticos en ambientes mediterráneos.
  • Sistemas de apoyo a la toma de decisiones en sistemas agrosilvopastorales
  • Sistemática y evolución de angiospermas. Filogenómica de plantas modelo
  • Toxicología ambiental de pesticidas, metales pesados y nanomateriales

Research Teams

Mejora y Biotecnología vegetal

  • José Casanova Gascón
  • ANA CASAS CENDOYA
  • ANA MARÍA CASTILLO ALONSO
  • PILAR ERREA ABAD
  • FERNANDO ESCRIU PARADELL
  • ANA MARÍA GARCÉS CLAVER
  • Yolanda Gogorcena Aoiz
  • ERNESTO IGARTUA ARREGUI
  • CRISTINA MALLOR GIMÉNEZ
  • Celia Montaner Otín
  • Mª ANGELES MORENO SANCHEZ
  • ANA PINA SOBRINO
  • FRANCISCO J. RODRIGO GARCÍA
  • Mª JOSÉ RUBIO CABETAS
  • Ester Sales Clemente
  • SERGIO SÁNCHEZ DURÁN
  • JESÚS VAL FALCÓN

Fisiología y Biología funcional de plantas

  • ANUNCIACIÓN ABADÍA BAYONA
  • MIGUEL ALFONSO LOZANO
  • ANA MARÍA ÁLVAREZ FERNÁNDEZ
  • MANUEL BECANA AUSEJO
  • BRUNO CONTRERAS MOREIRA
  • SARA LÓPEZ GOMOLLÓN
  • MANUEL MATAMOROS GALINDO
  • INMACULADA YRUELA GUERRERO

Sistemas agro-silvo-pastorales sostenibles y Economía agroalimentaria

  • ALBERTO BERNUÉS JAL
  • ISABEL CASASUS PUEYO
  • TIZIANA DE MAGISTRIS
  • AZUCENA GRACIA ROYO
  • MARGALIDA JOY TORRENS
  • María Teresa Maza Rubio
  • Ana María Olaizola Tolosana
  • Luis Pardos Castillo
  • GEORGE PHILIPPIDIS
  • María Helena Resano Ezcaray
  • ANA ISABEL SANJUAN LÓPEZ

Agronomía, suelo y agua

  • Joaquín Aibar Lete
  • JOSÉ LUIS ARRÚE UGARTE
  • David Badía Villas
  • Juan José Barriuso Vargas
  • SANTIAGO BEGUERÍA PORTUGUÉS
  • JAVIER BURGUETE TOLOSA
  • CARMEN CASTAÑEDA DEL ÁLAMO
  • Mª AUXILIADORA CASTERAD SERAL
  • JOSÉ CAVERO CAMPO
  • ALICIA CIRUJEDA RANZENBERGER
  • José Antonio Cuchí Oterino
  • FARIDA DECHMI
  • ÁLVARO FUENTES JORGE
  • Francisco Javier García Ramos
  • JUAN HERRERO ISERN
  • DANIEL ISIDORO RAMÍREZ
  • RAMÓN ISLA CLEMENTE
  • MARIA VICTORIA LÓPEZ SÁNCHEZ
  • MANUEL LÓPEZ VICENTE
  • Clara Martí Dalmau
  • Juan Luis Mora Hernández
  • DAVID MORET FERNÁNDEZ
  • ANA NAVAS IZQUIERDO
  • GABRIEL PARDO SANCLEMENTE
  • ENRIQUE PLAYAN JUBILAR
  • DOLORES QUÍLEZ SÁEZ DE VITERI
  • RAQUEL SALVADOR ESTEBAN
  • María Asunción Usón Murillo
  • MARÍA PILAR VALLÉS BRAU
  • VALVANERA ZAPATA RUÍZ

Biodiversidad, Conservación de organismos y ecosistemas, y Restauración ecológica

  • Joaquín Ascaso Martorell
  • Olivia Barrantes Díaz
  • JESÚS JULIO CAMARERO MARTÍNEZ
  • María Pilar Catalán Rodríguez
  • FRANCISCO COMÍN SEBASTIÁN
  • ANGEL DE FRUTOS
  • BELINDA GALLARDO ARMAS
  • RICARDO GARCÍA GONZÁLEZ
  • EUSTAQUIO GIL PELEGRÍN
  • Juan Herrero Cortés
  • Luis Ángel Inda Aramendía
  • JUAN JOSÉ JIMÉNEZ JAÉN
  • CONCEPCIÓN LÓPEZ ALADOS
  • Rocío López Flores
  • MELCHOR MAESTRO MARTINEZ
  • ISABEL MARQUES
  • ENRIQUE NAVARRO RODRÍGUEZ
  • José Manuel Nicolau Ibarra
  • Josep Oriol Ortiz Perpiñá
  • SARA PALACIO BLASCO
  • JOSÉ JAVIER PEGUERO PINA
  • Ernesto Pérez Collazos
  • YOLANDA PUEYO ESTAÚN
  • Ramón Juan Reiné Viñales
  • Jaume Tormo Blanes
  • LUIS VILLAR PÉREZ


Material Resources


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