Inmaculada Menéndez González


Inmaculada Menéndez is an accomplished Earth scientist currently placing her research on the mineralogy and geochemistry of wind-blown natural dust, specifically in Saharan dust plumes, and its potential impact on human health.

Research interests: 
  • Recognition of the soils and the edaphic processes developed in volcanic and sediments substrates of the island of Gran Canaria.
  • Impact of the Saharan dust in the soils of Gran Canaria.
  • Study of the possible atmospheric dust deposits, defined as loess.
  • Impact of the Saharan dust in the Ocean.

Recent publications

Menéndez, I., Derbyshire, E., Carrillo, T., Caballero, E., Engelbrecht, J. P., Romero, L. E., Mayer, P. L., Rodríguez de Castro, F., Mangas, J., 2017. Saharan dust and the impact on adult and elderly allergic patients: the effect of threshold values in the northern sector of Gran Canaria, Spain. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 27:2, 144-160.

Jaramillo-Vélez, A., Inmaculada Menéndez, I., Alonso, I., Mangas, J., Hernández-León, S., 2016. Grain size, morphometry and mineralogy of airborne input in the Canary basin: evidence of iron particle retention in the mixed layer. Sci. Mar. 80(3): 395-408.

Menendez, I., Pérez-Chacón, E., Mangas, J., Tauler, E., Engelbrecht, J. P., Derbyshire, E., Cana, L., Alonso, I., 2014. Dust deposits on La Graciosa Island (Canary Islands, Spain): texture, mineralogy and a case study of recent dust plume transport. Catena.

Engelbrecht, J. P., Menendez, I., Derbyshire, E., 2013. Sources of PM2.5 impacting on Gran Canaria, Spain. Catena, 117, 119-132.

Hernández-León, S., Franchy, G., Moyano, M., Menéndez, I., Schmoker, C., Putzeys, S., 2010. Carbon sequestration and zooplankton lunar cycles: Could we be missing a major component of the biological pump? Limnology and Oceanography, 55, 2503-2512.

Menéndez, I., Cabrera, L., Sánchez-Pérez, I., Mangas, J., Alonso, I., 2009. Characterisation of two fluvio-lacustrine loessoid deposits on the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. Quaternary International, 196 (1-2), 36-43.

Menéndez, I., Silva, P. G., Martín-Betancor, M., Pérez-Torrado, F. J., Guillou, H., Scaillet, S., 2008. Fluvial dissection, isostatic uplift, and geomorphological evolution of volcanic islands (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain). Geomorphology, 102, 189-203.

Menéndez, I., Moreno, G., Gallardo, J. F., Saavedra, J., 2007. Hydrogeochemical balance of forest umbrisol profiles (‘Sierra de Gata’, central western Spain). Hydrological Processes, 21, 1949–1956.

Menéndez, I., Díaz-Hernández, J. L., Mangas, J., Alonso, I., Sánchez-Soto, P. J., 2007. Airborne dust accumulation and soil development in the North-East sector of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). Journal of Arid Environments, 71, 57-81.

Menéndez, I., Caniego, J., Gallardo, J. F., Olechko, K., 2005.Use of fractal scaling to discriminate between and macro- and meso-pore sizes in forest soils. Ecological Modelling, 182, 323-335.

Menéndez, I., Gallardo, J. F., Vicente, M. A., 2003. Functional and Chemical Calibrates of Ceramic Cup Water Samplers in Forest Soils. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 34, 1153-1175.

Menéndez, I., Moreno, G., Gallardo, J. F., Saavedra, J., 1995. Soil solution composition in forest soils of sierra de gata mountains, Central?Western Spain: Relationship with soil water content. Arid Soil Research and Rehabilitation, 9, 495-502.