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

Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Rodríguez-Berriguete, A., Martín-Pérez, A., Martín-García, R., Menéndez, I., Mangas, J., 2020. Unravelling calcrete environmental controls in volcanic islands, Gran Canaria Island, Spain. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 554, 109797.

Báez-Hernández, M., García, N., Menéndez, I., Jaramillo, A., Sánchez-Pérez, I., Santana, A., Alonso, I., Mangas, J., Hernández-León, S., 2019. Interaction of sinking behaviour of Saharan dust and lithogenic and biogenic fluxes in the Canary Basin. Scientia Marina 83:2.

Menéndez, I., Campeny, M., Quevedo-González, L., Mangas, J., Llovet, X., Tauler, E., Barrón, V., Torrent, J., Méndez-Ramos, J., 2019. Distribution of REE-bearing minerals in felsic magmatic rocks and paleosols from Gran Canaria, Spain: Intraplate oceanic islands as a new example of potential, non-conventional sources of rare-earth elements. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 204, 270-288.

Menéndez, I., Mangas, J., Tauler, E., Barrón, V., Torrent, J., Betancort, J.F., Santana, A., Recio, J.M. Quevedo-González, L.A., Alonso, I., Méndez-Ramos, J. 2018. Aeolian influx and related environmental conditions on Gran Canaria during the early Pleistocene. Quaternary Research, 1-16.

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.