Curriculum Vitae

Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences


Name: José María
Surnames: De La Rosa Arranz
Born: 10, Sept, 1976, Seville (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish



  • 2007 - Ph.D.; "Isolation and analytical characterization of refractory organic matter forms from marine sediments. Environmental Implications, Seville University (Spain). European Level-A with honours-Excellent.
  • 2005 - Dissertation; "Carbon sequestration in marine environments", Advanced studies in Chemistry, Chemistry Faculty, Seville University (Spain)
  • 2001 – Master degree in Chemistry, Seville University (Spain).

Professional Employment Career

  • 04/2012-actually. Auxiliary Researcher, IRNAS-CSIC (Seville-Spain).
  • 10/2009-03/2012 – Auxiliary Researcher, Group of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 09/2008-09/2009 – Postdoctoral researcher, Department "für Ökologie"-Technical University of Munich; Freising, Germany.
  • 10/2007- 09/2008 – Lecturer in Chemistry, Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía, Spain.
  • 06-10/2007– PhD Researcher, IRNAS-CSIC, Seville, Spain.
  • 06/2005-06/2007 – Pre-doctorate Researcher, IRNAS-CSIC, Seville, Spain.
  • 06/2003-05/2005 – PhD student fellowship, IRNAS-CSIC. Dept. of Geoecology and Biogeochemistry; Seville, Spain.

Fellowships and Training

  • 2005 – International Course of Advanced Pedology. IRNAS-CSIC and Seville University. Prof. Luís Clemente Salas.
  • 12/2002-07/2003 – Expert in Evaluation of Environmental Impact course; Andalusia Regional Government (Spain).
  • 11/2001-04/2002 – Pedagogical Aptitude/Skills Certificate; (C.A.P) (Physics and Chemistry specialty), Seville University.

Membership and Professional Societies

  • 2006-2008 – Member of the "European Geosciences Union", Spain.
  • 2006 – Member of the "Asociación Latinoamericana de Física y Química Ambiental", Spain and Latinamerican countries.
  • Member of the "Studies of Fire Effects on Soil Properties Net", Spain.

Scientific Specialization

  • Organic geochemistry.
  • Refractory forms of organic matter in soils and sediments.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • Isolation and analytical characterization of refractory organic matter forms from marine sediments. Environmental Implications.
  • Biomarker Assemblages in Estuarine Sediments.
  • Organic Geochemistry; environmental processes in sediments and soils.
  • Palaeo-environment reconstructions based in the organic-geochemical characterization of sediments.
  • Carbon sequestration and global change; C and N geochemical cycles. (Biochar, black carbon and other pyrogenic C forms).
  • Fire effects on soil organic matter properties.

Teaching Activities

  • 06/09-2009, Laboratory practices supervisor for students from the Chemistry Faculty-University of Seville, Spain.
  • 10/2007- 09/2008, Lecturer of Chemistry. Instituto de la Marisma, Huelva, Spain.
  • 2005 - 2007, Collaboration with the Geoecology Department, IRNAS-CSIC (Spain), teaching visitors and
  • PhD students

Participation in Projects

  • Collaboration with the Geoecology Department, IRNAS-CSIC (Spain), teaching visitors and PhD students, 2005-2007.
  • Distribution and molecular composition of Black Carbon and other refractory organic matter forms in sediments. Implications for Carbon sequestration and global change. Ref: REN2002-04602-C02-01. Spanish National call for research projects (Natural Resources area). I.P. Prof. F. J. González Vila (IRNAS-CSIC), 2003-2006.
  • Monitoring and environmental management of Marshes of the Guadiana estuary. Development of “MEGASIG” tool. INTERREG programme 3a. I.P. PhD. Tomasz Boski (Algarve University) and PhD. Luis Clemente Salas (IRNAS-CSIC), 2004-2006.
  • Structural characterization and quantification of black carbon in reference samples from Spanish Mediterranean forest by means of thermo-differential analysis coupled to mass spectrometry (TA-IRMS) and pyrolytic techniques. CSIC-Royal Society. Ref: 2005GB0098 (Bilateral project). I.P. J.M. De la Rosa and Prof. F.J. González Vila (IRNAS-CSIC); D. Manning and E. López-Capel (Newcastle University), 2006-2007.
  • Fire effects on soils: Biogeochemical markers. Ref: CGL2006-12730-C03-01. Spanish national call for research projects (Earth Sciences and Global Change). I.P. PhD. J.A. González- Pérez (IRNAS-CSIC), 2006-2008.
  • Organic matter in andosols: Model for C stabilization through mineral interactions. Bilateral project Spain-France. Ref: HF2006-0160. I.P. Prof. A. Rodríguez Rodríguez (La Laguna University). PhD. C. Rumpel (INRA Versailles-Grignon), 2007-2008.
  • CO2-Binding of ammonoxidized lignins and their use as soil improvers ("COBAL"). European Science Foundation-ERA Chemistry. I.P. PhD. F. Liebner (BOKU-Vienna) and Prof. I. Kögel Knabner (Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde-TUM Freising-Weihenstephan), 2008-2010.
  • Recent evolution of Portuguese W-coast estuaries: high resolution studies from marshes geological record” (WestLog). Portuguese national call for research projects. Ref: PTDC/CTE-GIX/105370/2008. I.P. PhD. F. Fatela (Lisbon University), 2009-2011.
  • WildFIRE effects on topsoil Carbon and NUTrient Stocks, dynamics and exports (FIRECNUTS). Portuguese national call for research projects. Ref: PTDC/AGR-CFL/104559/2008. I.P. PhD. J. Keizer (Aveiro University), 2009-2012.
  • Impact of soils amendments in the Nitrogen partitioning and potential Carbon sequestration in Mediterranean soils. Spanish national call of research projects. Ref: CGL2009-10557. I.P. Prof. H. Knicker (IRNAS-CSIC). 2011-2014.
  • Biochemical recalcitrance of biochars from sewage sludge plants and their use as slow release N and P-fertilizers. Ref. PCGL2012-37041. I.P. Prof. H. Knicker (IRNAS-CSIC), 2013-2016 (recently approved for funding).


  • 2003-2007. PhD scholarship for future researcher staff (FPI). Funding Agency: Spanish Ministry of Science and Education (Spain).
  • 2008. PhD Extraordinary Award of the University of Seville for the best PhD Thesis in Sciences of the academic course 2006/2007.
  • 2008. PhD Theses selected by the University of Seville for electronic publication (open access; ISBN-9788469109403).
  • 2008. Best poster award of the 18th International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis.
  • 2010. Short-term travel grant (4 months), awarded by the ESF Research Networking Programme MOLTER (
  • 2011. Fuegored meeting award to participate in the 3rd International Meeting on Forest Fire Effects on Soils (III FUEGORED-2011) (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

Scientific Works

  • PhD thesis: "Isolation and analytical characterization of refractory organic matter forms from marine sediments. Environmental Implications. Seville University, Spain.
  • Author or co-author of 21 original publications in Refereed Journals included in the SCI.
  • 7 book chapters and co-editor of 1 book.
  • 65 lectures, oral presentations and posters presented to international meetings.

5 Selected Publications

  • Bioavailability of N released from pyrogenic organic matter: An incubation study. J.M. De la Rosa, H. Knicker. (2011) Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43, 2368-2373 (2011). Impact Factor 3,2.
  • Organic matter sources in tidal marshes over the last two millennia in the Minho River estuary (NW Iberian Peninsula). J. M. De la Rosa, M. F. Araújo, J. A. González-Pérez, F. J. González-Vila, A. M. Soares, J. M. Martins, E. Leorri, R. Corbett, F. Fatela. 2012. Organic Geochemistry. In press. DOI:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2012.06.014. 2012. Impact factor 2,875 (2011).
  • Direct detection of black carbon in soils by Py-GC/MS, 13C NMR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric techniques. J.M. De la Rosa, E. Lopez Capel, F.J. Gonzalez-Vila, J.A. Gonzalez-Perez, D.A.C. Manning (2008). American Journal of Soil Science Society 72, 258-267.
  • Determination of refractory organic matter in marine sediments by chemical oxidation, analytical pyrolysis and solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. J.M. De la Rosa, J.A. González-Pérez, P.G. Hatcher, H. Knicker, F.J. González-Vila (2008). European Journal of Soil Sciences 59, 430-438.
  • Comparison of black carbon quantification methods using reference materials from soil, water, sediment and the atmosphere, and implications for the global carbon change. K. Hammes, M.W.I. Schmidt, Ll.A. Currie (Ret), W.P. Ball, T.H. Nguyen, F.J. González-Vila, J.A. González-Pérez, J.M De la Rosa, D.A.C. Manning, E. Lopez Capel et al (2007). Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 21: GB3016. DOI: 10.1029/2006GB002914.