Ricard Guerrero - Biography#

Ricard Guerrero is Full Professor at the University of Barcelona, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

He is a Member of the Institute for Catalan Studies and its Scientific Secretary. President of the Spanish Soc. for Microbiology and external curator of the permanent exhibit of the Natural History Museum in Barcelona.

He has been president of the Catalan Soc. for Biology and founder and first vicepresident of the Spanish Soc. for Biotechnology.

His studies on the ecology of photosynthetic microbial communities of the karstic area of the Banyoles Lake and the microbial mats of the Ebro Delta have contributed, in an outstanding way, to the understanding of the first stages of the communities that evolved on Earth in the Archean Eon. These works have also promoted the study of minimal ecosystems by the international scientific community.

He has authored more than 380 articles on ecology and environmental microbiology, many of which have been published in international journals.

He has organized (as president) several international Congresses: the Internat.l Symp. on Microbial Ecology (1992), the Internat. Symp. for the Study of the Origin of Life (1993), the Internat. Federation of Scientific Editors meeting (1995), and the Internat. Symposium of Phototrophic Prokaryotes (2000).

He has collaborated in educational and popular science books and projects, and has written popular science articles on biology. He is a member of the editorial board of national and international scientific journals, editor of two book collections and has translated more than a dozen books from English into Spanish or Catalan.

He has efficiently promoted relationships among Spanish microbiologists and European, Latin American and American (USA) microbiologists, collaborating with the international activities of FEMS (European Federation of Microbiological Societies), ALAM (Latin American Association of Microbiology) and ASM (American Society for Microbiology).

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