CRISTINA SANDU                                                                                                                           Back

PhD, researcher

 

 

Ecology, Taxonomy and Nature Conservation Centre

Institute of Biology - Bucharest

Romanian Academy

296 Splaiul Independentei, 060031 Bucharest, POBox 56-53, ROMANIA

Phone + 4 021 2219202, Fax + 4 021 2219071

email: cristina.sandu@ibiol.ro       sanducri@yahoo.com

 



Research interests                                                                                                          Up

Aquatic ecology (hydrochemistry)

-          Evaluation of physico-chemical parameters with essential role in the development of aquatic biocenoses

-          Role of nutrients in eutrophication: trophic state assessment

-          Water quality assessment (freshwater ecosystems) according to WFD

-          Correlations between nutrients, chlorophyll-a and phytoplankton biomass

-          Impact of pollution on aquatic biocenoses (community level)

-          Effects of hydromorphological alterations on aquatic biodiversity

-          Assessment of global warming effects on freshwater ecosystems 

 


Background                                                                                                                    Up

 

Diploma in Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute Bucharest (1984-1989).

PhD in Biology (Aquatic Ecology), Institute of Biology Bucharest, R.A.  (1997-2005).

Positions: Research assistant (1994 – 2006), researcher (2006 – 2007), researcher grade III (2007 - 2009).


Publications                                                                                                                    Up

                                                                                                                         

A.     Books

1.       Teodorovic I., Bloesch J., Sandu C. (eds.) (2008): IAD Limnological Reports 37, 259 pp. ISBN 978-86-911997-0-8.

2.       Zinevici, V., Ionică, D., Parpală, L., Sandu, C., Mușa, R., Dobre D. (2006): Biodiversity in lacustrine ecosystems of riverine origine. Ed. Ars Docendi, 302 pg.

B. Articles

ISI listed journals

  1. Sandu, C., Boroneant, C., Trifu, M.C., Gabor, B., Bloesch, J. (2009): Global warming effects on climate parameters and hydrology of the Mures River Basin. Verh.Internat.Verein.Limnol, Stuttgart, Germany, 30, in press

  2. Kalchev R., Ionica D., Beshkova, M., Botev, I., Sandu C. (2008): Long-term and seasonal changes of nutrients, seston and phytoplankton concentrations in the Lower Danube (Bulgarian-Romanian stretch). Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, Suppl. Large Rivers, vol.18, (1-2), 25-44.

  3. Sandu C., Bloesch, J., Coman, A. (2008): Water quality in the Mures catchment and its impact on the aquatic biodiversity. Transylv. Rev. Syst. Ecol. Res., 6: 99-111.

  4. Sandu, C., Bloesch, J. (2008): The transboundary Mures/Maros catchment – a review. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, Suppl. Large Rivers, vol.18, (1-2): 7 – 23.

  5. Sandu, C., Farkas, A., Musa-Iacob, R., Ionica, D., Parpala, L., Zinevici, V., Dobre, D., Radu, M., Presing, M., Casper, H., Buruiana, V., Wegmann, K., Stan, G., Bloesch, J., Triebskorn, R., Köhler, H.-R. (2008): Monitoring Pollution in River Mureș, Romania, Part I: The limitation of traditional methods and community response. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, Suppl. Large Rivers, (1-2): 91-106.

  6. Triebskorn, R., Telcean, I., Casper, H., Farkas, A., Sandu, C., Stan, G., Colărescu, O., Dori, T. & Köhler, H.-R. (2008): Monitoring Pollution in River Mureș, Romania, Part II: Metal accumulation and histopathology in fish. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 141(1-3): 177-188. 

  7. Köhler, H-R., Sandu, C., Scheil, V., Nagy-Petrică, E.M., Segner, H., Telcean, I., Stan, G. & Triebskorn, R. (2007): Monitoring Pollution in River Mureș, Romania, Part III: Biochemical Effect Markers in Fish and Integrative Reflection. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 127: 47-54.

   8.       Sandu C. (2006): Relationships between chlorophyll-a and abiotic factors in Danube Delta lakes. Verh.Internat.Verein.Limnol, Stuttgart, Germany, 29 (4): 1857-1860.

  1. Sandu, C., Iacob, R., Nicolescu, N. (2003): Chlorophyll-a determination – a reliable method for phytoplankton biomass assessment – Acta Botanica Hungarica, Budapest, vol. 45 (3-4): 389-397.

 

International journals and conference volumes

  1. Bloesch J., Sandu C., Kutzenberger, H., Suciu, R. (2008): Sturgeon migration through the Danube Green Corridor: an application of the Sturgeon Action Plan. IAD Limnol. Rep. 37, 1-5.

  2. Ionica D., Zinevici, V., Moldoveanu, M., Parpala, L., Sandu, C., Florescu, L., Dobre, D., Coman, A., Petrisor, A.I. (2008): Energy flow pathways in Musura Lagoon in 2005-2007 interval. IAD Limnol. Rep. 37, 87-91.

  3. Sandu C., Wehrli B., Bloesch J., Lyashenko A., Afanasiev S., (2008): Anthropogenic impact on aquatic ecosystems in Danube River Basin – lessons from the past. In: Environmental safety: issues and solutions, vol.2: 270 – 275, Harkov, Ukraine.

   13.    Edinger M., Hein, T., Kalchev R., Mihaljevic M., Merdiæ E., Sandu C., Vujic A. (2008): Midterm report Biowetman: A science based approach to understand biodiversity driven functions and services for wetland management. Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (ASO Ljubljana, ASO Sofia), 13 p.

  1. Sandu C., Koehler, H. (2006): Mures catchment – a potential outdoor lab for IAD? Bull. of the Internat. Assoc. for Danube Res. (IAD) Danube News, No 13 – 14: 13-14

  2. Sandu, C., Bloesch, J. (2006): The River Mures ecosystem – scientific background information as the basis for a catchment approach. Limnological Rep. IAD, 36, 36-40, Vienna, ISBN 13: 978-3-9500723-2-7

  3. Zinevici, V., Ionica, D., Parpala, L., Musa, R., Sandu, C. (2006): Plankton structure in the Musura Bay (Danube-Black Sea system) in the conditions of 2005 year. Limnological Rep. IAD, 36, 422-427, Vienna ISBN 13: 978-3-9500723-2-7

  4. Kalchev, R., Beshkova, M, Musa, R., Sandu, C. (2006): Seasonal and long-term changes of phytoplankton abundance in the Bulgarian-Romanian Danube River stretch. Limnological Rep. IAD, 36, 189-193, Vienna, ISBN 13: 978-3-9500723-2-7.    

  5. Kalchev, R., Sandu, C., Ionica, D., Botev, I. (2006): Long-term and seasonal variations of nutrients in the Lower Danube: Bulgarian-Romanian stretch. Limnological Rep. IAD, 36, 371-375, Vienna, ISBN 13: 978-3-9500723-2-7     

  6. Kohler, H.R, Triebskorn, R., Sandu, C. (2005): Monitoring pollution in river Mures. Bull. of the Internat. Assoc. for Danube Res. (IAD), 11:1-6      

  7. Sandu C. (2005): The side-effect of river regulation – loss of biodiversity. In: Bloesch, J., Gutknecht, D., Iordache, V. Hydrology and Limnology – another boundary in the Danube River Basin. UNESCO IHP-VI Technical Documents in Hydrology, 75: 60-65

  8. Ionică D., Zinevici V., Sandu C., Parpală L., Mușa R. (2004): The influence of hydrological regime on plankton communities in the Danube Delta ecotonal areas of lentic-terrestrial type. Limnological Reports, Internat.Assoc.Danube Res., 35, 571-576, Novi Sad.

  9. Ionică D., Zinevici V., Sandu C., Parpală L., Mușa R (2004): The influence of hydrological regime on plankton communities in the Danube Delta ecotonal areas of lentic-terrestrial type. IAD, 35, 571-576, Novi Sad.

  10. Ionica D., Sandu C. (2002): Microbial Communities in the Ecotone Areas of the Danube Delta. Limnological Reports, Internat.Assoc.Danube Res.Vol.34, p 677-687, Tulcea.

  11. Sandu C.  (2000): Nutrient dynamics in correlation with chlorophyll-a concentration in lakes Rosu and Tataru (Danube Delta). Limnol. Rep. , Osijek., 33: 420-430.

  12. Ionica D., Sandu C. (2000): The efficiency of organic matter destruction in the sediment of various lakes in the Danube Delta during the period 1996-1998. Limnol. Rep. , Osijek., 33: 445-450.

National journals and conference volumes

  26.    Parpală L., Zinevici, V., Ionica D., Moldoveanu M., Sandu C. (2008): Modificari ale parametrilor ecologici ai comunitatii planctonice in ecosisteme de tip lacustru din Delta Dunarii sub impactul eutrofizarii. Lucr. Conferinței Naționale de Ecologie „Protectia si restaurarea bio si ecodiversitatii” Ed.Ars Docendi, 61-63.

  1. Ionica, D., Zinevici, V., Sandu, C., Parpala, L., Musa, R., Dobre, D. (2005): Decomposition of organic matter in the Danube Delta ecotonal zones. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol., Ann. Scient Sess., VII: 57-67, Bucharest.

  2. Sandu C. (2004): Physico-chemical aspects of lentic terrestrial ecotones of Danube Delta. Rev.Roum.Biol., S.Biol.Anim. 48, 1-2: 45-54, Bucarest.

   29.    Sandu C., Puky M., Görögh Z. (2004): Water chemical characterization of Upper Tisza oxbow lakes after a long flood-free period. Proceedings of the Institute of Biology, VI: 133-148.

  1. Zinevici V., Ionică D., Parpală L., Sandu C.,  Nicolescu N. (2004): The plankton biomass and productivity in Danube Delta lakes being in ecological succession. Rev.Roum.Biol., S.Biol.Anim. 48, 1-2: 39-43, Bucarest.

   31.    Sandu C. (2003): Estimation of trophic status of some aquatic ecosystems from Danube Delta. Ocrot. Nat. și a Med. Inconj., tom 44-45, nr.1-2, p.105-111, Ed. Acad., București (in Romanian).
  1. Sandu C.  (2003): Physico-chemical characterization of some lacustrian ecosystems of Danube Delta in different successional stages. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol., Ann. Scient Sess., vol.V, p. 223-230, Bucharest.

  2. L. Parpală, Zinevici V., Sandu C., Iacob R. (2003): Ecological parameters of zooplankton in the Danube Delta ecotone zones. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol., Ann. Scient Sess., vol.V,p. 137-146, Bucharest.

   34.    Zinevici V., Ionica D., L. Parpală, Sandu C., Nicolescu N. (2003): Trophic structure of lacustrian plankton of Danube Delta in the conditions of ecological succession. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol., Ann. Scient Sess., vol V, p. 249-258, Bucharest.

  1. Nicolescu D., Ionica D.,  Simon-Gruita A., Sandu C.,  Nicolescu N., Zinevici V., Laura Parpala, Dobre D., David C. (2001): The microbial communities in Danube Delta lakes in the conditions of the 1998 year. International Geographical Symposium “ The Delta’s:  State-of-the-art Protection and management”, Tulcea-Romania 1999; Conference volume p.142-154.

  2. Ionica D., Sandu C., Simionescu S. (2001): The impact of the urban waste water of the Pitesti town upon microbial communities from Golesti lake (Arges river) in 1999-2000 period. Rev.Roum.Biol., Biol.Veget. tom 6, no 1.

  3. Ionica D., Sandu C. (2001): Output of the bentonic microbial population to decompose the organic matter in lakes with different trophicity in the Danube Delta. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol. Ann. Scient Sess.  Bucharest, p 15-20.

  4. Sandu C. (2000): Contribution to the physico-chemical characterization of aquatic ecosystems Rosu and Tataru from the Danube Delta. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol. Ann. Scient Sess. Bucharest, II, p.109-115.

  5. Nicolescu D., Ionica D., Simon-Gruita A., Sandu C., Nicolescu N., Zinevici V., Parpala L., Dobre D. (2000): Microbial degradation of the organic matter from the Danube Delta lakes. 1. Biotic and abiotic factors controlling the microbial degradation. . Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol. Ann. Scient Sess.  Bucharest, II, p.73-83.

  6. Nicolescu D., Ionica D., Sandu C., Simon-Gruita A.,Gheordunescu V. (2000): Microbial degradation of the organic matter from the Danube Delta lakes. 2. Extracellular enzymatic activity. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol. Ann. Scient Sess.  Bucharest, II, p.85-90.

  7. Ionica D., Stoianovici E., Zinevici V., Parpala L., Nicolescu D., Simon-Gruita A., Sandu C., Izvoranu V., Brezeanu Gh. (2000): Research on the effects of urban pollution reflected in the structure and functionality of the main biocoenotic components of the anthropized aquatic ecosystems of Arges river. Proceedings of the Inst. of Biol. Ann. Scient Sess.  Bucharest, II, p.91-98.


Projects                                                                                                                          Up

 

 International      

    1.       BIOWETMAN: A science based approach to understand biodiversity driven functions and services for wetland management (2008-2009).  Finanțat de Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office – coordinator.

  1. Assessing the impact of environmental change on aquatic ecosystems in the Danube Delta. Finanțat de Swiss National Science Foundation (2005 – 2008) – coordinator.

  2. Mureș River Catchment Approach – scientific background information. Finanțat de International Association for Danube Research (IAD ) și Swiss Federal Institute of aquatic Science and Tehnology (EAWAG) (2005 – 2006) - coordinator.

  3. Monitoring of pollution in a Danube tributary (Mures-Tisza system) using biomarkers techniques. Finantat de International Association for Danube Research ( IAD) (2004) - coordinator.

 National

  1. The impact of hydrotechnical alterations on ecological systems from Saint George branch, in view of sustainable development (2008-2010).
  2. The role of populations/species of resources and services providers as fundament of politics and strategies of biodiversity conservation. CEEX  Project (2005-2008).
  3. The structural and functional diversity of aquatic communities from Musura Bay (Danube Delta) (2005-2007).
  4. Control and stagnation of aquatic vegetation development in navigation channels Danube – Black Sea and White Gate – Midia Năvodari.  IPTANA (2005–2006).
  5. The role of microbial communities in lentic-terrestrial ecoton areas of Danube Delta in the orgamic matter decomposition. CNCSIS grant (2003-2005).
  6. Analysis of structural and functional diversity of some aquatic communities in lakes of riverine origine (Erenciuc and Gorgostel), their hydrographic network and the neighbouring reed areas (2002-2004).
  7. Zooplankton state parameters in lacustrine ecosystems of Danube Delta being in distinct ecologic succesional stages. CNCSIS grant (2002-2003).
  8. Influence of hydrological regime on physico-chemical and biological parametrs in lentic-terrestrial ecoton areas of Danube Delta. 2000 RA grant, CNCSIS grant (2001-2002).
  9. Trophic interactions in plankton and benthos communities of lacustrine ecosistems from Danube Delta (1999-2001).
  10. Biocenotical research to assess the trophic status in shallow lakes. ANSTI grant (1999–2001).
  11. Effects of urban pollution on fundamental ecological processes in aquatic ecosystems. ANSTI grant (1999-2000).

 


Other scientific activities                                                                                                 Up

Short-term visits in similar laboratories from: Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland.

International cooperation agreements:

  1. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and  Institute of Hidrobiology of National Academy of Sciences Ukraine - Assessment of ecological status of transboundary aquatic ecosystems between Ukraine and Romania (2009-2011) – coordinator.
  2. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and  Institute of Hidrobiology of National Academy of Sciences Ukraine – Comparative assessment of environmental impact upon aquatic ecosystems from Danube Delta (2005-2008) – coordinator.
  3. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and Hungarian Danube Research Station Göd, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Planktic and benthic microscopic communities in oligotrophic-eutrophic aquatic ecosystems in Hungary and Romania in nature protection point of view (2005-2008) – coordinator.
  4. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and Balaton Limnological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences –  The relationships between the physico-chemical parameters and the function of invertebrate fauna in shallow lakes, 2005-2009.
  5. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and Institute of Zoology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Impact of Iron Gates reservoirs, of hydraulic river structure, of tributaries and adjacent wetlands on ecological interactions, water quality and biodiversity in the Lower Danube, 2005-2006.
  6. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and Bulgarian Central Laboratory of General Ecology – Structural and functional dynamics of microbial communities in transient aquatic ecosystems, 2006-2009.
  7. Scientific Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy and Balaton Limnological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Comparative study of the heavy metal load of different rivers in Hungary and Romania, 2004 – coordinator.

Lectures at the Institute Post-graduation Class:” Achievements and perspectives in Biology”

 (2007):  Sandu C. – Impact of global warming on aquatic ecosystems – effects and adaptations.

 (2008): Sandu C. – Anthropogenic impact on aquatic ecosystems – effects and feed-back.

 

 


Important achievements                                                                                                  Up

 

- emphasize the correlations between physico-chemical parameters and phytoplankton biomass in aquatic ecosystems of Danube Delta.

- assessment of the anthropogenic impact effects on  aquatic ecosystems of Danube Delta

- literature review including the available information on Mures River catchment (hydrology, geography, geology, chemistry, biology) and emphasize the effect of global warming on climate parameters in this area.

 


Membership in scientific organizations                                                                            Up

 

- International Association for Danube Research (IAD)

- International Society of Limnology (SIL)

- Romanian Ecological Society (SRE)

- Vicepresident of ENVIRES IAD ROMANIA

 

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