Comín Sebastián, Francisco A.

Comín Sebastián, Francisco A.




►Research Professor



Most of my work was carried out in the floodplains of the Ebro River (Middle and delta Ebro), and agricultural watersheds (with both dry and irrigated agriculture, in Monegros, Cinco Villas, and Rivers Martin and Piedra). At this time, I am applying the assessment of ecosystem services to plan restoration at large scale. This requires the analysis of spatial and temporal patterns of regulating and support ecological functions and services, as well as the integration of cultural-and provisioning services.


My research activity focus on developing practical tools for the restoration of degraded ecosystems and territories through the integration of ecological, social and economic aspects. It is based on the experience obtained from studies and projects performed to improve the biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services at watershed scale, which can be applied to any piece of a territory, and the restoration of wetlands, rivers and watersheds.

≈  Applications derived from my research activities include:


    • ≈ the restoration of natural ecosystems (wetlands and rivers)

    • ≈ designing wastewater treatment plants based on macrophytes

    • ≈ applying the assessment of ecosystem services to plan rural development

    • ≈ developing strategies for the ecological restoration at global scale.











  •  SCI publications


  • ≈ Darwiche-Criado N.; J. J. Jiménez; F. A. Comín; R. Sorando; J. M. Sánchez-Pérez (2016). Effects of wetland restoration on nitrate removal in an irrigated agricultural area: The role of in-stream and off-stream wetlands. Ecological Engineering, ECOLENG-D-15-00376R3.

  • Comin F. A.;  J. M. Sánchez-Pérez; C. Español; F. Carranza; S. Sauvage;  I. Antiguedad; A. Zabaleta; M. Martinez-Santos; M. Gerino;  J.M. Yao; J. M. Bodoque; J. Ladera; J. L. Yela; S. Teissier; L. Bernard-Jannin;  X. Sun; E. Navarro; E. Pinelli; O. Chamsi; R. Neves; D. Brito; E. Ruiz; J. Uriarte; J. J. Jiménez; M. García; A. Barcos; R. Sorando (2016). Floodplain capacity to depollute water in relation to the structure of biological communities. Ecological Engineering, doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.06.007

  • Español, C.; F. A. Comín; B. Gallardo; .M. Yao; J. L. Yela;  F. Carranza; A. Zabaleta; J. Ladera;  M.Martínez-Santos;  M. Gerino; S. Sauvage;  J.M. Sánchez-Pérez (in press). Does land use impact on groundwater invertebrate diversity and functionality in alluvial wetlands?. Ecological Engineering.

  • Darwiche-Criado, N.; Comín, F.A.; Sorando, R.; Sánchez-Pérez, J.M. (2015) Seasonal variability of NO3 mobilization during flood events in a Mediterranean catchment: The influence of intensive agricultural irrigation. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 200:208-218Felipe-Lucia M.R.; F.A. Comín, F.A. (2015) Ecosystem services–biodiversity relationships depend on land use type in floodplain agroecosystems. Land Use Policy, 46:201-210

  • ≈ Darwiche-Criado N.; J. J. Jiménez; F. A. Comín; R. Sorando;  J. M. Sánchez-Pérez (2015). Identifying spatial and seasonal land use impacts on surface water quality of a semiarid Mediterranean basin under irrigated agriculture. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22:18626-18636.

  • Jiménez, J.J.; N. Darwiche-Criado; F. A. Comín; J.M. Sánchez-Pérez (2015). A methodological approach for spatiotemporally analyzing water polluting effluents in agricultural landscapes using partial triadic analysis. J. Environmental Quality 44(5):1617-1630.

  • Felipe, M.R.; Comín, F.A.; Escalera, F.J. (2015) A framework for the social valuation of ecosystem services (AMBI-D-14-00069R1) Ambio, 44:308-318González-Sanchis, M.; Murillo, J.; Cabezas, A.; Vermaat, J.E.; Comín, F.A.; García-Navarro, P. (2015) Modelling sediment deposition and phosphorus retention in a river floodplain. Hydrological Processes, 29:384-394

  • Felipe-Lucia M.; Martín-López, B.; Lavorel, S.; Berraquero-Díaz, L.; J. Escalera-Reyes, F.; Comín, F.A. Ecosystem services flows: why stakeholders’ power relationships matter. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132232

  • González-Sanchis, M.; Murillo, J.; Cabezas, A.; Vermaat, J.E.; Comín, F.A.;  García-Navarro, P. (2015). Modelling sediment deposition and phosphorus retention in a river floodplain. Hydrological Processes 29:384-394.

  • Comín, F.A.; Sorando, R.; Darwiche-Criado, N.;  García, M.; Masip, A. (2014) A protocol to prioritize wetland restoration and creation for water quality improvement in agriculturalwatersheds. Ecological Engineering,66:10-18.

  • Español, C.; Gallardo, B.; Comín, F.A.; Pino, M.R. (2014) Constructed wetlands increase the taxonomic and functional diversity of a degraded floodplain. Aquatic Sciences, 77 (1):27-44.

  • Felipe-Lucia, M.; Comín, F.A.; Bennett, E.M. (2014) Interactions Among Ecosystem Services Across Land Uses in a Floodplain Agroecosystem. Ecology and Society, 19(1): art. 20.

  • Gallardo, B.; Doládec, S.; Paillex, A.M.; Arscott, D. B.; Sheldon, F.; Zilli, F.; Mérigoux, S.; Castella, E.; Comín, F. A. (2014) Response of benthic macroinvertebrates to gradients in hydrological connectivity: A comparison of temperate, subtropical, Mediterranean and semiarid river floodplains. Freshwater Biology, 59(3):630-648.

  • Miguel Chinchilla, L.; Boix, D.; Gascón, S.; Comín, F. A. (2014) Macroinvertebrate biodiversity patterns during primary succession in manmade ponds in north-eastern Spain. Journal of Limnology 73(3): 428-440.

  • Miguel-Chinchilla, L.; Boix, D.; Gascón, S.; Comín, F.A. (2014) Taxonomic and functional successional patterns in macroinvertebrates related to flying dispersal abilities: a case related to flying dispersal abilities: a case study from isolated manmade ponds at reclaimed opencast coal mines. Hydrobiologia, 732(1):111-122.

  • Miguel-Chinchilla, L.; González, E.; Comín, F.A. (2014) Assessing metal pollution in ponds constructed for controlling runoff from reclaimed coal mines. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 186(8):5247-5259

  • Trabucchi, M.; O’Farrell, P.; Notivol, E.; Comín, F.A. (2014) Mapping Ecological Processes and Ecosystem Services for Prioritizing Restoration Efforts in a Semi-arid Mediterranean River Basin. Environmental management, 53(6):1132-1145

  • Abrahao, R.; Causapé, J.; Moreno-Mateos, D.; Comín, F. (2013) Nitrate and salt water contamination associated with the transition of an agrarian basin into an irrigated area. Water Environment Research, 85(2):105-112.

  • Arroita, M.; Causapé, J.; Comín, F. A.; Díez, J.; Jiménez, J. J.; Lacarta, J.; Lorente, C., Merchán, D.; Muñiz, S.; Navarro, E.; Val, J.; Elosegi, A. (2013) Irrigation agriculture affects organic matter decomposition in semi-arid terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 263:139-145.

  • Cizkova, H.; Kvet, J.; Comín, F. A.; Laiho, R.; Pokorný, J.; Pithart, D. (2013) Actual state of European wetlands and their possible future in the context of global climate change, Aquatic Sciences, 75: 3-26.

  • Comín, F.A.; Sorando, R.; Darwiche-Criado, N.; García, M.; Masip, A. (2013) A protocol to prioritize wetland restoration and creation for water quality improvement in agricultural watersheds. Ecological Engineering. 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.04.059.

  • Español, C.; Gallardo, B.; Pino, M. R.; Martín, A.; Comín, F. A. (2013) Is net ecosystem production higher in natural relative to constructed wetlands? Aquatic Sciences, 75(3): 385-397

  • Keith, D.A.; Rodríguez, J.P.; Rodríguez-Clark, K.M.; Nicholson, E.; Aapala, K.; Alonso, A.; Asmussen, M.; Bachman, S.; Basset, A.; Barrow, E.G.; Benson, J.S.; Bishop, M.J.; Bonifacio, R.; Brooks, T.M.; Burgman, M.A.; Comer, P.; Comín, F.A.; Essl, F.; Faber-Langendoen, D.; Fairweather, P.G.; Holdaway, R.J.; Jennings, M.; Kingsford, R.T.; Lester, R.E.; Nally, R.M.; McCarthy, M.A.; Moat, J.; Oliveira-Miranda, M.A.; Pisanu, P.; Poulin, B.; Regan, T.J.; Riecken, U.; Spalding, M.D.; Zambrano-Martínez, S. (2013) Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, PLoS ONE, 8( 5 ), art. nº. e62111.

  • Trabucchi, M.; Comín, F. A.; O'Farrell, P. J. (2013) Hierarchical priority setting for restoration in a watershed in NE Spain, based on assessments of soil erosion and ecosystem services. Regional Environmental Change, 13(4):911-926.

  • Moreno-Mateos, D.; Power, M.E.; Comin, F.A.; Yockteng, R. (2012) Structural and functional loss in restored wetland ecosystems. PLoS Biology, 10(1):e1001247

  • Aranda, N.; Comin, F.A.; Herrera-Silveira, J. (2011) Nitrogen and phosphorus budgets for the Yucatan littoral: An approach for groundwater management. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 172(1-4):493-505


  • No SCI:

  • Comín, F.A. (2010) Ecological Restoration: A Global Challenge. Cambridge University Press. 318 pp. ISBN: 9780521877114

  • Comín, F.A. (2015) Manual de restauración de humedales en cuencas agrícolas. Comarca de Los Monegros, Sariñena (Huesca), 84 pags.





  • Soil fauna: key to soil carbon dynamics and soil organic matter models. COST Action ES1406. (2014-2018). Investigador principal: Jiménez Jaén, J. J.

  • Análisis multi-escalar de los servicios de los ecosistemas bajo escenarios de uso del suelo para el desarrollo socio-ecológico en zonas rurales. CGL2014-53017-C2-1-R.  (2016-2018). Investigador Principal. Juan J. Jiménez. Entidad financiadora: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Plan Nacional), Programa: Retos de la Sociedad.

  • Desarrollo de una plataforma de gestión de recursos hídricos durante estiaje en el territorio SUDOE (AGUAMOD). Investigador principal: Jose M. Sánchez-Pérez/Enrique Navarro. Interreg-SUDOE (SOE1/P5/F0026).