Salustiano Mato

Universidad de Vigo

Doctor in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In 1990 he joined the University of Vigo as Senior Lecturer and he is Professor of Zoology since 1999. He has held various responsibilities at the University of Vigo: Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences (1990-1993), director of the Department of Ecology and Animal Biology (1996-1998), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (1999-2005) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Vigo (2010-2018). He also served as Managing Director of R&D and innovation of the Regional Government of Galicia (2005-2009). He is currently part of executive committees of different entities and institutions. The research activity is linked to the activity carried out in the Environmental Biology Research group of the University of Vigo, established in 1990. Its research is directed to the knowledge of biodiversity in all natural environments - terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats - with an approach towards the management and conservation of the environment within the context of sustainable development and circular economy. Specifically, the main lines of research are: • Biodiversity, management and conservation of fauna. • Detection and control of vectors and invasive species • Monitoring and control of organic and inorganic pollution of soils and aquatic environments. Bioremediation and studies on compostable biopolymers. • Processes of decomposition of organic matter, design and improvement of waste bio-treatment (composting and vermicomposting). • Evaluation of the use of compost and vermicompost as soil amendments, substrates and other applications. • Evaluation and improvement of municipal waste management models. The researcher has led more than 60 research projects, contracts and agreements. The applicability of the research lines has made it impossible to publish all results since they are part of the confidentiality of the companies. However, it has allowed the researcher to be a co-author of 3 national patents and publish more than 60 articles. In terms of congresses, conferences and seminars, he has participated in more than 200 conferences in the fields of soil biology, environmental biotechnology, and research and innovation management.

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