Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança



CIMO - Mountain Research Center. See video HERE


Zulimar Hernández

Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
ORCID: 0000-0002-7790-8397
Scopus Author ID: 36084226300


  • 2023 - 2023: Auxiliary Researcher, Area of Natural Resources and Agriculture, SusTEC - Associated Laboratory for Sustainability and Technology in Mountain Regions, CIMO - Mountain Research Center, IPB - Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 2019 - 2019: Auxiliary Researcher, Area of Mountain Environment and Ecosystem Management, Colaborative Laboratory MORE (Colab MORE), Portugal
  • 2015 - 2015: Professorship positions in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Area of Soil Science of Dpt. Geology and Geochemistry, and Area of Physical Geography (Geomorphology and Biogeography), Dpt. Geography, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain.
  • 2014 - 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dpt. Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology, Laboratory of Humus Chemistry, National Museum of Natural History (MNCN), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) State Agency, Madrid, Spain
  • 2011 - 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Postdoctoral contract with companies of the agri-food sector, University-business agreement, Area of Food and Agricultural Chemistry, Dpt. Chemistry, University of La Laguna (ULL), Tenerife, Spain
  • 2009 - 2009: Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Humus Chemistry, Centre of Environmental Sciences (CCMA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain


  • Since 2023: “Honorary professor”, Dept. of Geography, Area of Physical Geography, Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain
  • 2019 - : Technical-Scientific Director of Mountain Environment and Ecosystem Management Area, Colaborative Laboratory MORE (Colab MORE), Bragança, Portugal.
  • Since 2018: Academic management of the European Copernicus Academy Network for the dissemination and promotion of activities of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain
  • 2011 - 2011: Responsible for the R & D Committee for the Feder Funds management in the wine sector. 2011. Canarian Foundation Grape and Wine Institute, Tenerife, Spain.


  • 2014 - First degree University courses in Chemistry Degree (4º and 5º courses). University of La Laguna, S/C Tenerife, Spain.
  • 2009 - PhD. in Biologic Sciences. Doctorate program in Global Change and Sustainable Development, Dpt. Ecology at the University of Alcala (UAH); Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain, 2006-2009. (prof.G. Almendros, CSIC and prof. A. Gómez Sal, UAH)
  • 2007 - MSc. in Global Change and Sustainable Development (Diploma of Advanced Studies), Dpt. Ecology at the University of Alcala (UAH), Madrid, Spain.
  • 2004 - MSc. in Tropical Ecology. Institute of Environment Sciences at the University of Los Andes (ULA), Mérida, Venezuela.
  • 2000 - PhD. in Biology. University of La Laguna, S/C Tenerife, Spain, 1995-2000.

Awards and Honors

  • 2007 - MSc thesis qualified as the best dissertation thesis from this doctorate program. Publication Services of UAH, Madrid.
  • 2004 - MSc thesis nominated to Ramsar awards. Publication Services of ULA, Mérida, Venezuela.


  • Products and processes based on Circular Economy principles: Optimizing the composting process of agro-industrial residues, production of organic fertilizers, soil conditioners or biostimulants, and the elaboration of biochar/activated carbon for agricultural use.
  • Functional Soils to decarbonize Europe: In-depth analysis of C stock in major mountain ecosystems, focusing on soil C fraction, assessment of fluxes and storage, and C stabilization processes based on molecular analysis of soil organic matter.
  • European Green Deal: the “Farm to Fork” strategy: Develop field trial efficacy experimental in order to test their potential as soil conditioners or biostimulants in providing ecosystem services: C sequestration and climate action.
  • Combating desertification and drought: a Soil Deal for Europe: Determine which management measures to implement in the territory to monitor and reduce soil losses, using remote sensing (Copernicus program).


INOVÁGUA - Permeable Reactive Barriers as an Innovative Solution to Improve the Quality and Reuse of Water Leaving Wastewater Treatment Plants
Funding body: LA CAIXA - Programa Promove 2024
Reference: PL24-00141
Principal Investigator:Hélder Teixeira Gomes
Start: 2024-09-01
End: 2027-08-30
iCarbono - Prevenção de riscos naturais, reforço da capacidade de adaptação às alterações climáticas e gestão eficiente dos recursos
Funding body: LA CAIXA - Promove - Projetos Piloto 2023
Principal Investigator:João Carlos Martins Azevedo
Start: 2023-10-01
End: 2026-09-30

Total results: 25
Royer A.C.,de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Lado M.,Hernández Z.
Short-Term Effects of Olive-Pomace-Based Conditioners on Soil Aggregation Stability
Agronomy, 14, , 2024

Fernández-Alonso F.J.,Hernández Z.,Torres-Costa V.
A Cost-Effective Portable Multiband Spectrophotometer for Precision Agriculture
Agriculture (Switzerland), 13, , 2023

Fonseca F.,Silva D.,Bueno P.,Hernández Z.,Royer A.C.,de Figueiredo T.
Temporal dynamics of carbon storage in a Mediterranean mountain scrubland managed by prescribed fire
Catena, 212, , 2022

de Figueiredo T.,Poesen J.,Fonseca F.,Hernández Z.
Long term erosion rates in Douro Vineyards, Portugal: Effects of rainfall characteristics and plant density
Soil Conservation: Strategies, Management and Challenges, 67-105, 2021

de Figueiredo T.,Royer A.C.,Fonseca F.,Schütz F.C.d.A.,Hernández Z.
Regression models for soil water storage estimation using the ESA CCI satellite soil moisture product: A case study in northeast Portugal
Water (Switzerland), 13, , 2021

De Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Hernández Z.
Terraced vineyards of the douro wine region, Portugal: A soil and water management perspective
Pirineos, 175, , 2020

Hernández Z.,Almendros G.,Álvarez A.,Figueiredo T.,Carral P.
Soil carbon stabilization pathways as reflected by the pyrolytic signature of humic acid in agricultural volcanic soils
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 137, 14-28, 2019

Jiménez-González M.A.,Álvarez A.M.,Hernández Z.,Almendros G.
Soil carbon storage predicted from the diversity of pyrolytic alkanes
Biology and Fertility of Soils, 54, 617-629, 2018

Almendros G.,Hernández Z.,Sanz J.,Rodríguez-Sánchez S.,Jiménez-González M.A.,González-Pérez J.A.
Graphical statistical approach to soil organic matter resilience using analytical pyrolysis data
Journal of Chromatography A, 1533, 164-173, 2018

de Figueiredo T.,Fonseca F.,Lima E.,Fleischfresser L.,Hernandez Z.
Assessing performance of post-fire hillslope erosion control measures designed for different implementation scenarios in NE Portugal: Simulations applying USLE
Wildfires: Perspectives, Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century, 201-228, 2017

García‐Tomillo A.,De Figueiredo T.,Almeida A.,Rodrigues J.,Dafonte J.D.,Paz‐González A.,Nunes J.,Hernandez Z.
Comparing effects of tillage treatments performed with animal traction on soil physical properties and soil electrical resistivity: Preliminary experimental results
Open Agriculture, 2, 317-318, 2017

Álvarez A.M.,Carral P.,Hernández Z.,Almendros G.
Hydrocarbon pollution from domestic oil recycling industries in peri-urban soils. Lipid molecular assemblages
Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, 695-703, 2016

Almendros G.,Hernández Z.,Sanz J.,González-Vila F.J.,Knicker H.,González-Pérez J.A.
Computational screening of environmental proxies in spectrometric patterns from humic acids
Functions of Natural Organic Matter in Changing Environment, 9789400756342, 251-254, 2013

Hernández Z.,Almendros G.,Sanz J.,Pérez-Trujillo J.P.,González-Pérez J.A.,González-Vila F.J.
Assessment of agricultural practices on volcanic ash soils assisted by automated interpretation of mid-infrared spectra and partial least squares multivariate statistical approach
Functions of Natural Organic Matter in Changing Environment, 9789400756342, 255-258, 2013

González-Vila F.J.,Almendros G.,González-Pérez J.A.,Hernández Z.,Knicker H.,Piedra-Buena A.,De La Rosa J.M.
Structural features of humic substances as biogeochemical proxies for soil carbon stabilization and ecosystem functions
Functions of Natural Organic Matter in Changing Environment, 9789400756342, 391-395, 2013

Álvarez A.M.,Carral P.,Hernández Z.,Almendros G.
Assessment of Soil Organic Matter Molecular Characteristics Related to Hydrophysical Properties in Semiarid Soils (Central Spain)
Arid Land Research and Management, 27, 303-326, 2013

Fernández-Getino A.P.,Hernández Z.,Piedra Buena A.,Almendros G.
Exploratory analysis of the structural variability of forest soil humic acids based on multivariate processing of infrared spectral data
European Journal of Soil Science, 64, 66-79, 2013

Hernández Z.,Almendros G.,Carral P.,Álvarez A.,Knicker H.,Pérez-Trujillo J.P.
Influence of non-crystalline minerals in the total amount, resilience and molecular composition of the organic matter in volcanic ash soils (Tenerife Island, Spain)
European Journal of Soil Science, 63, 603-615, 2012

González-Pérez J.A.,González-Vila F.J.,Almendros G.,Knicker H.,De La Rosa J.M.,Hernández Z.
Revisiting structural insights provided by analytical pyrolysis about humic substances and related bio- and geo-polymers
Functions of Natural Organic Matter in Changing Environment, 9789400756342, 3-6, 2012

Hernández Z.,Almendros G.
Biogeochemical factors related with organic matter degradation and C storage in agricultural volcanic ash soils
Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 44, 130-142, 2012

Pérez-Trujillo J.,Hernández Z.,López-Bellido F.,Hermosín-Gutiérrez I.
Characteristic phenolic composition of single-cultivar red wines of the Canary Islands (Spain)
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59, 6150-6164, 2011

Fernández-Getino A.P.,Hernández Z.,Piedra Buena A.,Almendros G.
Assessment of the effects of environmental factors on humification processes by derivative infrared spectroscopy and discriminant analysis
Geoderma, 158, 225-232, 2010

Hernández Z.,López-Pérez J.A.,González-López M.R.,Díez-Rojo M.A.,Buena A.P.,Bello A.,Almendros G.
Monitoring humic acid formation processes and soil physical properties in semiarid calcic soil treated with wine vinasses
Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 41, 1850-1862, 2010

López-Cepero J.,Piedra Buena A.,Díez-Rojo M.A.,Regalado R.,Brito E.,Hernández Z.,Figueredo M.,Almendros G.,Bello A.
Evaluation of soil biodesinfestation with crop and garden residues in the control of root-knot nematodes populations.
Communications in agricultural and applied biological sciences, 72, 703-711, 2007