Dr Isabel Douterelo



Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 9728
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Email : i.douterelo@sheffield.ac.uk

Research Group: Pennine Water Group


  • PhD Physical Geography, the University of Hull (UK)
  • BSc Environmental Sciences, the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain)
  • BSc Biological Sciences, University of A Coruña (Spain)


My main research interest is environmental microbial ecology. Throughout my scientific career I have worked in different microbial-related projects and in multidisciplinary research groups. My interest in microbial ecology started when I was a student at the University Autonomous of Madrid (Spain), where I studied and collaborated in research projects focused on assessing the process of eutrophication in freshwater ecosystem and the use of cyanobacteria as bioindicators. I left Spain and moved to the UK to start my PhD in the Department of Physical Geography at the University of Hull, based on the study of microbial degradation of archaeological remains in wetland soils. After my PhD, I worked as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, in a project based on the study of bacterial adaptative strategies to changing environmental conditions and soon after that in the same University but a different department, the former HRI, investigating the molecular aspects of plant seed vigour and seeds dormancy cycling. I joined the PWG in 2010 and since then I have worked as a Research Associate on the EPSRC funded project known as Pipe Dreams, studying different aspects of the microbial ecology of drinking water distribution systems.

Research Interests

  • Microbial ecology of urban water systems
  • Wetlands soil microbiology & biogeochemistry
  • Eutrophication and biomonitoring of freshwater ecosystems
  • Cultural heritage microbiology: biodegradation and conservation

Research Projects

  • EPSRC-Living with Environmental Change Challenge Fellowship: Uncovering microbial tactics in drinking water supply systems: using advances in genetics for countering the effects of climate change. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | Grant: EP/N02950X/1
  • Impact of corrosion controlling phosphate dosing on microbial biofilm formation in drinking water distribution systems. Royal Society | Grant: RG160654
  • Microbial pollution in water sources under extreme weather conditions: modelling sediment-pathogen interactions. White Rose University Consortium | Grant: RN/151299

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