Sergi Sabater was born in Barcelona in 1958, and he obtained a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the same University in 1987. He was permanent lecturer at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Biology (Ecology) from 1991 to 2001 and at the University of Girona’s Department of Environmental Science from 2001 to 2003. Since then, he has been Full Professor of Ecology at the University of Girona. He is Deputy Director of the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) , and Head of the Resources and Ecosystems Research Area of ICRA since 2008. He has worked as a scientific reviewer for several journals and international bodies. He has co-edited several books: Concepts and techniques in fluvial ecology (in Spanish, 2009) with Arturo Elosegi; Hydrology and nitrogen buffering capacity of riparian zones (2010), IAHS Benchmark Papers in Hydrology, with Tim Burt and Gilles Pinay; Water Scarcity in the Mediterranean: Perspectives Under Global Change, 2010 Springer‐Verlag Berlin, with Damià Barceló; Global Change and River Ecosystems – Implications for Structure, Function and Ecosystem Services, Developments in Hydrobiology 15, with RJ Stevenson; River Conservation, Challenges and Opportunities (2013). FBBVA, with Arturo Elosegi; and Emerging Contaminants in River Ecosystems, (2016), Springer, with Mira Petrovic, Damià Barceló and Arturo Elosegi.
He has published 225 papers on ecology in international scientific journals and about 60 other contributions (book chapters and communications to non-SCI journals). His H-index is 40. He has taken part in 42 research projects (25 as PI), and 32 R&D&i contracts with companies and government departments (22 as PI). To date, he has supervised 18 Ph.D. theses and is involved in the supervision or co-supervision of other 6 theses. His research career has been focused on the ecology of fluvial ecosystems. His preferred lines of research are the ecology of river algae and biofilms, the ecotoxicology of biofilms, the metabolism and functioning of fluvial systems, and the effects of global change on fluvial systems, in particular those related with water scarcity and the associated effects of higher nutrient content, hydrological alterations and toxicant occurrence.
Among the whole set of projects he has been a PI there are ”Effects of flow interruption on the structural and functional continuity in river systems” (2007-2009, Spanish Ministry of Science and Education; CGL2007-65549/BOS); “Global changes in fluvial systems: effects on biodiversity, the trophic web and the system functioning” (2006-2009; FBBVA Conservation Programs), “Assessing and predicting effects on water quantity and quality in Iberian rivers caused by global change" (SCARCE), Consolider-Ingenio CSD2009-00065, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, 2009-2013), and "Temporary fluvial ecosystems and global change: effects on ecosystem structure and functioning" (FUNSTREAM)- CGL2014-58760-C3-3-R. Further, he was PI (2005- 2009) of the European Project “Models for Assessing and Forecasting the Impact of Environmental Key Pollutants on Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems and Biodiversity (MODELKEY)”, and he is the ICRA’s PI in the ongoing FP7 project GLOBAQUA (FP7-ENV-2013-603629; 2014-2018).