María Najarro de la Parra
Profesor/a Contratado/a Doctor/a
Director/a del Proyecto URJC-2030
Sexenios investigación


E.S. CC. Experimentales y Tecnología


Biología y Geología, Física y Química Inorgánica


Geodinámica Externa
Información general
Información general
  • I have a PhD in Geology and more than 15 years of research experience. My research career has been carried out in numerous research national and international centers. In 2001, I was granted with a European competitive fellowship to take a Master in Science in the U.K. during one year. Next, in 2003, I obtained a two years predoctoral grant from the MEC (Spain) to continue my research training at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2005, I got another grant to participate during one year in a research project at the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) and from 2006 to 2010 I obtained a four-year grant from the MEC (Spain) to complete my PhD at the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME-CSIC). From 2010 to 2016 I have worked as a research consultant for several national and international companies and institutions and as a tutor-teacher at the Open National University (UNED). Apart from being granted with 4 competitive grants, my PhD obtained the Extraordinary Doctorate Award by the Complutense University of Madrid, and I have been awarded twice with the best oral communication. Since 2017, I occupy a lecturer professor position at the King Juan Carlos University.

    From 2017 to the present, I have taught in different degrees at the URJC, such as Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering, Experimental Sciences and Water Resources. At present, I am the coordinator of the first course of Water Resources degree and from 2020 to 2022 I have overseen the international mobility program of the same degree. Since 2022 I am the director of the URJC 2030-agenda programme belonging to the vice-rectorate for planning and strategy.

    My main research focuses on basin analysis, sedimentology, stratigraphy, petrology diagenesis, paleoclimatology and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. I work, both in siliciclastic and carbonate deposits of continental and marine origin. Among my fundamental research aims figure the study of abrupt climate changes from isotope chemostratigraphic analysis and 2D and 3D reservoir modeling for its use as CO2 storage.

    I am author of 62 scientific publications, of which 14 are international publications (SCI, peer-reviewed articles), 11 are published in peer-review national journals, 5 are books chapters and 33 are congress abstracts. I have participated in 11 research projects with public and private funding, 6 of them funded by the National Plan I+D+I, being the co-IP of the last research project founded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. Additionally, I have participated in several contracts with nationals and internationals companies, acting as chief investigator of some of them.

    Currently, I collaborate as a researcher in the geohazards, active processes and global change department at the IGME-CSIC institution and I am part of the high-performance research group of Global Earth Change and Environmental Geology (GECEG-URJC).  

Docencia y asignaturas impartidas en el curso actual
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Listado de proyectos (Últimos 10 años)
Códigos de investigador
  • Schlagintweit, F., Rosales, I., Najarro M. (2021). The upper Aptian¿middle Albian Simplorbitolina lineage: an example of nepionic acceleration in Lower Cretaceous Orbitolinidae (Foraminifera). Historical Biology. DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2021.1940998.

    Matamales-Andreu. R., Anton Moreno-Bedmar, J., Martínez, R., Grauges, A., Najarro, M., Rosales, I. (2018). Review of the late Aptian ammonoids of the Reocín área (Basque-Cantabrian Basin, Cantabria, Spain), stratigraphic implications and correlation to the third-order Ap 4 sequence. Journal of Iberian Geology. Online. Doi: 10.1007/s41513-018-0071-5. Q2 (WOS).

    Schlagintweit, F., Rosales, I., Najarro M. (2017).  Cantabriconus reocinianus n.gen., n.sp. a new conical agglutinating benthic foraminifera from the upper Aptian-lower Albian of Cantabria, N-Spain. Cretaceous Research, Submitted. v. 77, 93-101. Doi.10.1016/j.cretres.2017.05.010. Q1.

    Schlagintweit, F., Rosales, I., Najarro M. (2017). An interesting orbitolinid assemblage from the early Albian of Cantabria. Journal of Iberian Geology. 1-13. 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s41513-017-0004-8. Q2 (WOS). 4 citations (WOS) 5.                  Schlagintweit, F. Rosales, I., Najarro M. (2016). Glomospirella cantabrican. sp., and other benthic foraminifera from Lower Cretaceous Urgonian-type
    carbonates of Cantabria, Spain.
    Geologica Acta. v. 14 (2), 113-138. doi:10.1344/GeologicaActa2016.14.2.3. Q3 (WOS).

    Barrón, E., Peyrot, D., Rodríguez-López, J.P., Meléndez, N., López del Valle, R., Najarro, M., Rosales, I., Comas-Rengifo, M.J. (2015).
    Palynology of Aptian and upper Albian (Lower Cretaceous) amber-bearing outcrops of the southern margin of the Basque-Cantabrian basin (northern Spain). Cretaceous Research, (2015), v. 52, 292-312. Q1 (WOS).

    Quijano, M.L., Castro, J.M., Pancost, R.D., de Gea, G.A., Najarro, M., Aguado, R., Rosales, I., Martín-Chivelet, J. (2012). Organic Geochemistry, stable isotopes, and facies analysis of the Early Aptian OAE-New records from Spain (Western Tethys). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 365-366, 276-293. Q1 (WOS).

    Najarro, M., Rosales, I., Moreno-Bedmar, J.A., de Gea, G.A., Barrón, E., Miquel Company, M., Delanoy, G. (2011). High-resolution chemo- and biostratigraphic records of the Early Aptian Oceanic Anoxic Event in Cantabria (N Spain): Palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic implications. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 299, 137-158. Q1 (WOS).

    Najarro, M., Rosales I., Martín-Chivelet, J. (2011). Major palaeoenvironmental perturbation in an Early Aptian carbonate platform: prelude of the Oceanic Anoxic Event 1a?. Sedimentary Geology, 235, 50-71. Q2 (WOS).

    Najarro, M., Peñalver, E., Pérez-de La Fuente, R., Ortega-Blanco, J., Menor-Salván, C., Barrón, E., Soriano, C., Rosales, I., López del Valle, R., Velasco, F., Tornos, F., Daviero-Gomez, V., Gomez, B. and  Delclòs, X. (2010). Review of the El Soplao amber outcrop, Early Cretaceous of Cantabria, Spain. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 84, 801-818.

    Menor-Salván, C., Najarro, M., Rosales, I., Velasco, F., Tornos, F. and Simoneit, B.R.T. (2010). Biological diterpenes preserved in Lower Cretaceous amber from the Basque-Cantabrian basin (El Soplao, Cantabria, Spain): Paleochemotaxonomical aspects. Organic Geochemistry, 41, 1089-1103.