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Research group


Research Group on Environmental Management and Modeling - GAIA

Academic Unit: Faculty of Engineering

Colombian Ministry of Science








Engineering and technology


Environmental engineering

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Strategic Focus

The GAIA research group engages in interdisciplinary research formation, at both an undergraduate and a graduate level, focused on the comprehension of environmental dynamics. We use various channels for presenting our research results. The group provides laboratory and extension services, thus contributing to the solution of environmental issues.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Ecology of coastal aquatic ecosystems
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology
  • Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Soils, and Paleoecology
  • Basic and applied limnology
  • Environmental and Applied Microbiology
  • Environmental Systems Modeling
  • Biological treatment of waste and wastewater

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Group Coordinator

Francisco Molina Perez, PhD

PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

The GAIA research group performs academic activities related to research and extension in collaboration with:

  • Empresas Públicas de Medellín.
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Internationally, it collaborates with universities such as:

  • Universidad Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
  • The University of Giessen (Germany). 
  • The University of Leeds.
  • The IRTA Institute (Instituto IRTA, Spain).
  • The Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain).
  • The University of Colorado (USA).

Notable Projects

  • Study of the environmental problems of the La Fe, Riogrande II, and Porce II dams owned by Empresas Públicas de Medellín E.S.P for the integral management of hydric resources
  • Estimation of cancer risk caused by exposure to known carcinogens associated with breathable particulate material in the Metropolitan Area of the Aburra Valley (AMVA), Antioquia
  • Combining administrative, technical, and scientific efforts of EPM and Universidad de Antioquia for the implementation of an integral management of biodiversity, which will constitute the process of planning, execution, and monitoring of actions aimed at the conservation of areas of interest for energy generation

Main Research Results

  • Contribution to the comprehension of the dynamics of dams, lakes, and swamps in tropical environments, with special interest in cyanobacteria
  • Assessment of environmental impact due to mining-derived pollution; specifically, the assessment of the effects of mercury accumulation in fish and vegetables
  • Assessment of atmospheric pollution-derived risks for public health
  • Assessment of populations of fish, otters, and other animals in aquatic environments

Research Portafolio

Advises and provides consulting on:

  • Design, optimization, and implementation of wastewater management systems
  • Energetic valorization of waste
  • Nutrient recovery
  • Environmental impact studies
  • Assessment and optimization of environmental sampling networks

Laboratory Services:

  • Environmental and Applied Microbiology
  • Physical–Chemical Analyses
  • Biological assays

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