Diego Fernandez Sevilla PhD CV (Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)

Diego Fernandez Sevilla PhD CV- (Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD)

Diego Fdez-Sevilla PhD. CV english and español.- Resume.- Interdisciplinary Skills applied in the line of research presented.- Index for all analyses published. – Shares at LinkedIn

2013 – Present

Researcher, Editor, Writer and Social Media Liaison. Blog “Filling In or Finding Out the Gaps Around”. Self employed.

Blog dedicated to Research and Communication. https://diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com “Filling in or finding out the gaps around”: https://diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/about-myself

In this blog I search for topics of interest in environmentally related subjects trying to identify and address gaps of knowledge. Based on my career as environmental researcher, I try to explore the questions worth of being identified as to “Find out” and share what I know by “Filling in” with my own knowledge and research skills adding my perspective in the subject. The main goal of this blog is to promote and enhance interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial conceptual exchange. In order to reach a broader audience I also share my publications at Twitter (@SevillaDF) and LinkedIn. The contribution from my research includes original material and data applied to develop innovative approaches towards understanding present and future possible scenarios in environmental developments and atmospheric dynamics. (e.g. Researchgate DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.33915.82726)

  • Oct 2013 to March 2018: +200 Publications. Visitors from more than 1000 scientific centers worldwide among Technical Institutions, Labs, Universities and Agencies.
  • LinkedIn member with a network of +500 followers.


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2010 – Present

Research Analyst
Independent, Ourense (Spain)

Scientific Communicator, elaboration of environmental studies, collaboration with administrative entities as scientific consultant in environmental issues, presentation in relevant conferences of scientific subjects as well as peer reviewer for scientific publications.

Some Activities carried out:

▪ On going. Peer reviewer for scientific journals: “Aerobiologia” (I.F. 1.33); “Int. J. of Biometeorology” (I.F. 2.59) and “Comparative and Integrative Biology” (I.F. 3.02) .
2015 Consultancy. R&D for Escor S.L. (Vitoria-Spain).
2014 Market research. Scientific consultant, interviews transcription and translation for Agalip S.L. Spain.
2013 Report on “Hot topics identified in environmental science from public access media.”
2013 Social Media Liaison and Digital Content Manager. Blog: “Filling in, Finding out.” https://diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
2012 Consultancy “Research priorities in Aerobiology”. Study presented at the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit placed at Worcester University – UK. (unpublished)
2012 Scientific Consultant for Michel Thibaudon (Director of the RNSA Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique- France) designing a new methodology to measure number of pollen grains per gram of pollen. (unpublished)
2011 Campaign content design and dissemination on domestic waste digestors, with the elaboration of a guidebook and slide presentation: “Compost at home”. Ourense- Spain (Nogueira de Ramuin). 26, 27 and 29th November 2011. D. Fdez-Sevilla for Xesmega S.L. (guidebook unpublished)
2011 Full Participant as Delegate at the Marie Curie Researchers Symposium: Science Passion Mission Responsibilities. Warsaw, Poland. 24th – 27th Sep 2011 with the publication of the abstract: 4 years project AEROTOP “Aerotop, Aerobiology to Poznan.” Entities represented in this project were the Aerobiology Laboratory of Poznan (Poland) (Alicja Stach; Fdez-Sevilla, D.); The University of Worcester-UK (Prof. Jean Emberlin); University of Cordoba-Spain (Prof. Carmen Galán).
2011 Honorary Award in the category of Photography. Contest: “Promoting science: let’s be innovative!” Marie Curie Researchers Symposium: Science. Passion, Mission, Responsibilities. 24th – 27th Sep 2011, Warsaw, Poland.

2011 Writer and photographer in the publication “As Árbores do campus de Ourense” (The trees at Ourense University Campus). Publisher “Univ. Of Vigo”. L.D. OU41-2011
2010 Lecture: “Eco-business: creation and management of eco-friendly business.” Organised by the Biodiversity Foundation and City Council of Ourense-Spain. Ourense, Spain. 3 June 2010.


Market Research Analyst
Axencia Galega de Información Profesional. AGALIP.
http://www.linkedin.com/company/agalip/products, 15704 Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

International market research study in collaboration with LMC international aimed to assist a major seed producer to design its next 10-15 years of Research and Development in oilseeds.
Primary and Secondary research, locating and contacting relevant profiles in key positions strategically significant for marketing sectors based in Europe, Canada, United States and South America.


Environmental Coordinator
Environmental Office, Campus of Ourense, Vigo University.
36310 Vigo (Spain)

Acting as Environmental Coordinator for the dissemination and implementation of environmental initiatives within departments. Responsible for formulating, researching, and enforcing environmental policies. Involved in designing strategies to enhance the management of issues such as Toxic waste disposal from labs, pollution, littering, water management, parking planning, energy usage, protection of natural resources, invasive species eradication and public education. Also participating actively in the dissemination and implementation of environmental initiatives within the EU directives and the design of the Agenda21 promoted by the city council of Ourense.

▪ Editor, writer and photographer in the book “Guide of trees”. Publisher “Asociación Medio Ambiental y Universitaria SYME”. Legal Deposit OU 145-2009



Research Associate (Adjunct) Marie Curie fellow.

European Project AEROTOP “Aerobiology to Poznan”. A Marie Curie Actions Development Scheme (TOK-DEV) for the Transferences of Knowledge, funded under the European Union Sixth EU Framework Programme for Technological Development (FP6). Laboratory of Aeropalynology, Institute of Environmental Biology Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland)

My duties were defined towards transferring knowledge, to give assistance enhancing communication and scientific input into international projects such as the MONALISA Project, “Monitoring Network of Allergens by Immuno-Sampling” (designing a methodology to capture and measure the concentrations of airborne allergens using the ELISA method), COST Action “Assessment of production, release, distribution and health impact, of allergenic pollen in Europe” (EUPOL)(development of the concept of biochemical air quality to take into account the interactions of the “classical” pollutants, such as ozone, sulphur and nitrogen oxides, fine particles, etc and their combined impact on human health).

Also representing the project at the European Commission audit held in Warsaw 2007.

Scientific input and contributions as publications and oral presentations:

▪ Rodríguez-Rajo, F.; Fdez-Sevilla, D.; Stach, A(†). & Jato, V. (2010) Assessment between pollen seasons in areas with different urbanization level related to local vegetation sources and differences in allergen exposure.
Aerobiologia, Vol 26-1, 1-14.
▪ Turku, Finland. 12-16 August 2008. 4thEuropean Symposium on Aerobiology. “Assessment of the strength in the relationship between pollen concentrations in urban/rural areas of Poznan (Poland) related to local vegetation sources and differences in allergen exposure.” Fdez-Sevilla, D.; Rodríguez-Rajo, F. J. and Stach, A.
12-16 August
▪ Lecture: “Data collection in Aerobiology. Targets, sampling methods and potential sources of error” at the Workshop “AEROTOP Phenology, Forecasting and Airborne Allergens.” Poznan, Poland. 18-20 May 2007.
▪ Oral presentation: “Comparison of sampling efficiency between filtration and impaction (Hirst mini heads replicates) in a wind tunnel.” IX Conference Day of Pollen Allergy in Cracow- Poland, June 2007.



PhD Researcher
University of Worcester. WR26AJ Worcester (United Kingdom)

The project aimed to assess the impact of pollen aerodynamics and weather conditions in sampling efficiency as well as searching for new application methodologies in automatic image recognition. In order to incorporate the resources offered by the two collaborating institutions I spent several periods of time during the duration of the
project at the DWD labs in Freiburg, Germany.
The methodology designed for my thesis aimed to gather information from controlled environments such as laboratory experiments and wind tunnel experiments as well as from outdoor conditions. In order to perform wind tunnel experiments I obtained the collaboration of Dr. Alastair McCartney (retired) at the Rothamsted Institute, Harpenden-UK.

The outcome of this research has many applications in considering atmospheric particle transport, sampling methods, environmental characterization and data quality control. Furthermore, the aspects discussed through the thesis highlights important issues related to particle dispersion modelling and forecasting as they are related to health impact and agricultural performance. Also it has applications in order to validate sampling methodologies applied in studying the risk associated with the outcrossing of the GM trait into wild plant populations due to unrestrained release of GM pollen into the atmosphere.

Among the techniques used are:
– Data sampling.

– Setting up of different atmospheric particle sampling methods: the Burkard spore trap (Hirst design of a volumetric sampler based on impaction), the GS050-3/C Low Volume sampler (filtration) and the Sigma2 (deposition).
– Setting up and data management. Meteorological stations at the NPARU in UK and Aerobiological Lab. at UAM, Poland.

– Setting up of Wind tunnel experiments held at Rothamsted Institute (UK) testing the influence of wind speed and direction over airborne particle sampling efficiency variations for several methodologies.
– Standardization of the aerodynamic sampling characteristics of the Sigma2 gravimetric sampler.
– Microscopy. Particle identification by bright field, fluorescence and dark field microscopy, digital image capture and mounting media testing.
– Testing filter performance for airborne pollen sampling and counting.
– Designing a new Mounting Procedure for a glass fibre filter with Glycerine Jelly.

Laboratory studies performed at the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit located in UK (NPARU) and German Weather Service (DWD-Freiburg).

Conference Presentations of my thesis at the 8th International Congress in Aerobiology -Neuchatel, Switzerland. August 2006.

▪ Neuchatel, Switzerland. August 2006. 8th International Congress in Aerobiology. “A wind tunnel experiment to investigate the aerodynamic properties of pollen grains and the effects of those on their motion in air streamlines” Fdez-Sevilla, D.; Emberlin, J. and Schultz, E.
▪ Neuchatel, Switzerland. August 2006. 8th International Congress in Aerobiology. “A wind tunnel experiment to investigate the aerodynamic properties of pollen grains, and the effects of those in the relative collection efficiency of the Sigma2 passive sampler and Hirst type sampler for three different airborne pollen types (Gramineae, Ambrosia and Urtica)” Fdez-Sevilla, D.; Emberlin, J. and Schultz, E.



Research Assistant
National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, University of Worcester,
Henwick Grove, WR26AJ Worcester (United Kingdom)

Assisting in academic research making detailed observations, analysing data, and interpreting results. Also preparing technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses. Maintaining familiarity with current scientific literature, as well as investigating, creating, and developing new methods and technologies for new project development.


Grounds Maintenance Assistant
University of Worcester. Henwick Grove, WR26AJ Worcester (United Kingdom)

Carrying out gardening and tidying of the university campus, performing weeding and planting in allocated flowerbeds as well as by participating in implementing the strategies applied on waste management.



Laboratory Technician
Aerobiology Research Group at the University of Vigo  (Campus of Ourense – Spain). Dpto. de Bioloxia Vexetal e Ciencia do Solo, Campus de Ourense, University of Vigo, Vigo (Spain)

Tasks and responsibilities aimed to follow procedures and methodologies applied to analyse samples of atmospheric particle load used to investigate the relationships between meteorological conditions and airborne spore concentrations.

Duties carried out through this period were to follow standardised methodologies at laboratory and on the field conditions in order to produce reliable and precise datasets aimed to support scientific investigations of atmospheric particle load (pollen and spores). Specific skills aimed to perform identification and quantification of pollen and spores by microscopy, to use software tools in order to manage data sets of bibliographic and numerical nature as well as to perform statistical analyses.

Peer Reviewing Feedback.

From Scientific Journals “Aerobiologia” (2, 3 & 4#, I.F. 1.33); “Int. J. of Biometeorology” (I.F. 2.59) and “Comparative and Integrative Biology” (1 #, I.F. 3.02).

  • Editor 1# “Dr. Diego Fernández-Sevilla, provides careful, insightful, analytical, and probing reviews. He pays attention to detail and has a deep grasp of the subject matter. As a result, authors are able to improve their paper greatly. The peer-review system helps maintain high standards. It is careful, critical reviews such as those of Dr, Fernández-Sevilla what has helped the journal rank 8th in the world of the 176 journals in its field.”
  • Editor 2# “Dr. Diego Fdez-Sevilla has provided sincere and insightful comments, and showed his outstanding specialty in aerobiology. We highly appreciate his effort and contribution to the journal.”
  • Editor 3# “People do not usually bother to go so deep as Dr. Diego Fernández-Sevilla does. And it is most valuable for the editorial board.”
  • Editor 4# “Dr. Diego Fernández-Sevilla has proved to be a responsible reviewer helping with his comments to improve the article and keep the quality level of the journal.”





Monitoring Climate from Space. European Space Agency. Online. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/climate-from-space

In this online course, leading experts and scientists from ESA and key European research centres, explore the science that underpins Earth observation. We looked at recent and current satellite missions that are providing an archive of essential data; and learnt how this data is used in local and international policy and planning.


On valid European Commission reserve list Function Group IV. Profile: Agricultural, Environmental and Earth Sciences.

  • ESRA JRC “CAST” call: COM/1/2015/GFIV –Researchers – FG IV. Candidate number: JRC-0001109.
  • EPSO Researchers call: EPSO/CAST/S/5/2013 – Researcher (FG IV). Candidate number: 3558003
  • Also with UK National Insurance Number from previous employment experience in UK as Research Assistant.


Professional Certification for Installation and Maintenance of Gardens and Green Areas. Landscape design and grounds management.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) University of Coventry in collaboration with University of Worcester. United Kingdom.

Thesis entitled: Aerodynamic properties of pollen grains and sampling methods.

Research aimed to evaluate the aerodynamic behaviour of pollen grains and the limitations of methodological approaches applied on defining its spatial distribution. One major application from the output generated applies into assessing spacial security requirements between GMO and non GMO plantations in order to avoid crosspollination. Cofunded by the German Weather Service at Freiburg, and University of Worcester (UK). Supervisors: Prof J. Emberlin, The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, University of Worcester, Worcester, England and Dr Eckart Schultz, German Weather Service, Freiburg, Germany.


Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods University of Worcester. United Kingdom.

  • RTP401: Processes and Skills, Management and Methods
  • RTP402: Academic Writing and Dissemination


Postgraduate Certificate in Education University of Santiago de Compostela. Spain. Spanish equivalent to Postgraduate Certificate in Education. PGCE


“Licenciado” in Biology University of Santiago de Compostela. Spain. 5 years Spanish University Degree in Biological Sciences.

Annual modules. Principal subjects / skills covered:

First Phase 3 years. General Biology. 1st year: Plant Biology, Biostatistics, Physical Chemistry, Geology, Biochemistry I 2nd year: Histology and cytology, Zoology, Cryptogams, Biochemistry II 3rd year: Microbiology, Genetics, Plant physiology, Animal physiology, Phanerogams

Second Phase 2 years. Speciality: Environmental Sciences. 4th year: Ecology, Edafology, Phytopathology, Evolutionary Genetics, Physical Geography 5th year: Ecology II, Geobotany, Plant physiology II, Genetic improvement and Oceanography.