Ortuño Candela, María


PhD researcher and teacher

Knowledge area: 

External Geodynamics






Personal data: 

María Ortuño studied Geology at the Universities of Granada (Spain) and Washington (Seattle, USA). She got her PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Barcelona, where she is currently working as a post-doc researcher and teacher, as part of the RISKNAT group and Geomodels Institute. The main topics of her research are neotectonics, paleoseismology and mass movements, with special focus on slow gravitational landslides. Her field experience includes stays in Kamchatcka, Italy, Canada, Nicaragua and Mexico (where she worked as a post-doctoral researcher during 2 years at CGEO, UNAM-Queretaro). At the Iberian Peninsula, she has worked mainly at the Eastern Betics Shear Fault Zone and the Central Pyrenees.




SHAKE (SP1) "Registro de terremotos prehistoricos en el sur de iberia: Tecnologias avanzadas en paleosismologia terrestre y marina". CGL2011-30005-C02-01. Programa Nacional de Proyectos de Investigación Fundamental, subprograma de Proyectos de Investigación Fundamental no Orientada. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación de España. Team leader: Eulalia Masana Closa

Caracterización de fallas sismogenéticas en el centro del cinturón Volcánico mexicano: Implicaciones para la peligrosidad sísmica y la inestabilidad de laderas. Convocatoria de Ciencia Básica CB-2009-01. CONACyT , México. Team leader: Ramón Francisco Zúñiga Dávila-Madrid

Published papers: 




Ortuño, M., Zúñiga, F.R., Aguirre-Díaz, G.J., Carreón-Freyre, D., Cerca, M., Roverato, M. (2015). Holocene paleo-earthquakes recorded at the transfer zone of two major faults: The Pastores and Venta de Bravo faults (Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt). Geosphere, v. 11(no. 1):p. 1–26. DOI: 10.1130/GES01071.1


Ferrater, M., Silva, P.G., Ortuño, M., Rodríguez-Pascua, M.A., Masana, E. (2015). Archaeoseismological Analysis of a Late Bronze Age Site on the Alhama de Murcia Fault, SE Spain. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 30 (2015) 151–164, DOI: 10.1002/gea.21505


Rodés, A., Pallàs, R., Ortuño, M., García-Melendez, E., Masana, E. (2014). Combining surface exposure dating and burial dating from paired cosmogenic depth profiles. Example of El Límite alluvial fan in Huércal-Overa basin (SE Iberia). Quaternary Geochronology special issue in Quaternary Landforms, vol. 19, 127-134. doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2013.10.002.


Ortuño, M., Martí, A., Martín-Closa, C.,  Jiménez, G., Martinetto, E., Santanach, P. (2013). Palaeoenvironments of the Upper Miocene Prüedo basin: implications for the uplift of the Central Pyrenees. Journal of the Geological Society of London. 170:79-92. DOI: 10.1144/jgs2011-121


Ortuño, M., Masana, E., García Meléndez, E., Martínez-Díaz, J., Štěpančíková, P., Cunha, P.P., Sohbati, R., Canora, C., Buylaert, J.P., Murria, A.S. (2012). An exceptionally long paleoseismic record of a slow-moving fault: the Alhama de Murcia fault (Eastern Betic Shear Zone, Spain). Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 124 (9-10) 1474–1494. DOI: 10.1130/B30558.1


Lacan, P. and Ortuño, M. (2012). Active Tectonics of the Pyrenees: A review.  Journal of the Iberian Geology, 38 (1) 9-30. http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/JIGE/article/view/39203/37800


Martínez-Díaz, J., Masana, E., Ortuño, M. (2012). The Alhama de Murcia Fault: seismotectonic, structural and paleoseismic analysis of the source of the Lorca 2011 earthquake, Betic Cordillera, Spain. Journal of Iberian Geology 38 (1) 253-270. http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/JIGE/article/view/39218/37814


Ortuño, M., Queralt, P., Martí, A., Ledo, J., Masana, E., Perea, H., Santanach, P. (2008). The North Maladeta fault (Spanish Central Pyrenees) as the Vielha 1923 earthquake seismic source: recent activity revealed by geomorphological and geophysical research. Tectonophysics (453), 246-262. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2007.06.016.


Teaching experience: 


Seismic and Volcanic Risk ( Master degree on Mineral Resources and Geologic Hazards)

Structural Geology (Geology Bachelor degree)

Geologic Risks (Engineering geology Bachelor degree)