Rodriguez Gil, Jose Luis


Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil

Centre for Toxicology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1


Academic Degrees


Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Keith Solomon at the Centre for toxicology in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph (Canada). He started his scientific career at Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain), where he obtained his BSc in Environmental Sciences and his MSc in Environmental Science and technology. As an undergraduate student he joined Dr. Catalá’s lab, participating in the development of a toxicity bioassay based on the measurement of the mitochondrial activity of fern spores. After graduation, he stayed in Dr. Catalá’s lab first as a research assistant and later on as a MSc student. During the four years spent in Dr. Catalá’s lab, he collaborated on the further development of this model, and other bioassays using fern gametophytes and fish embryos for the assessment of the toxicity of emerging pollutants (i.e. pharmaceuticals) and environmental water samples. His MSc’s thesis centred on the application of all those newly developed methods to the routine monitoring of water quality in irrigated areas.

Current and Recent Research Projects

Pulsed exposure toxicity of Glyphosate formulations to freshwater organisms


alcárce Y, González Alonso S, Catalá M, Rodríguez-Gil JL,Castaño A, Criado JJ, Mirón I, Montero JC.  (2012) Seasonal variation of pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) in surface water (Tagus River) and tap water of a western Mediterranean area (Central Spain). Environmental Science and Pollution Research. In Press 

Brodersen J, Rodriguez-Gil, J.L., Jönsson, M., Hansson, L-A., Brönmark, C., Nilsson, P.A., Nicolle, A., Berglund, O. 2011 Temperature and resource availability can interactively affect over-winter success of young-of-the-year fish in a changing climate. PLoS ONE. 6 (10), e24022.

Valcárcel Y, González Alonso S, Rodríguez-Gil JL, Gil A, Catalá M. 2011.Detection of pharmaceutically active compounds in the rivers and tap water of the Madrid Region (Spain) and potential ecotoxicological risk. Chemosphere. 84 (10) 1336–1348

Valcárcel, Y; González Alonso, S; Rodriguez-Gil, J.L.;Romo R; Gil, A; Catalá, M. 2011. Analysis of the presence of cardiovascular and analgesic/anti-inflammatory/antipyretic drugs in fluvial and drinking water of the Madrid Region in Spain. Chemosphere. 82 (7), 1062-1071

Rodriguez-Gil JL, Catalá M, González Alonso S, Romo Maroto R, Valcarcel Y, Segura Y, Molina R, Melero JA, Martínez F. 2010 Heterogeneous photo-fenton treatment for the reduction of pharmaceutical contamination in Madrid rivers and ecotoxicological evaluation by a miniaturized fern spores bioassay. Chemosphere. 80 (4) 381–388

Gonzalez-Alonso S, Catala, M, Romo-Maroto, R, Rodriguez-Gil, J.L., Gil de Miguel, A., Valcarcel, Y. 2010. Pollution by psychoactive pharmaceuticals in the Rivers of Madrid metropolitan area (Spain). Environment International 36 (2): 195–201.

Catala M, Esteban M, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Quintanilla LG. 2009. Development of a naturally miniaturised testing method based on the mitochondrial activity of fern spores: a new higher plant bioassay. Chemosphere 77 (7):983-8.