Assist. Prof. Andrea Martín Pérez, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor at master study (2nd cycle) Earth and Environmental Sciences and doctoral study (3rd cycle) Enviornmental and Regional Studies at Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

Course principal:




  • Sc. Geology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2004)
  • Sc. Education (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2005)
  • Sc. Earth Processes and Resources (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2006)
  • D. Geology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2012)


Research interests

  • formation and diagenesis of continental carbonates;
  • dolomite and dolomitization processes;
  • role of geobiological interactions in sedimentation;
  • study of speleothems of varied mineralogy (calcite, aragonite, dolomite, Mg-clays, gypsum…)
  • calcretes, palustrine and lacustrine deposits

Main visiting appointment

  • April–June 2007. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Socorro, New Mexico, USA. Collaboration with geomicrobiologists P. Boston and D. Northup.


  • Associate Editor of Sedimentology (2020–)
  • Manuscript reviewer: International Journal of Speleology (2011), Estudios Geológicos (2011–2014), Geogaceta (2012–2017), Acta Carsologica (2015–2018), Sedimentary Geology (2017), Sedimentology (2020) and Marine and Petroleum Geology (2021).
  • Member of the International Association of Sedimentologists (2007–present), the Spanish Geological Society (2014-present) and the European Association of Geochemisrtry (2018-present).
  • 2020-2021: Co-convener of the session “Microbial imprint on the sediment record: from organomineralization to global biogeochemical cycling” on the 35th IAS meeting of Sedimentology
  • 05/2017: Organizer of the postgraduate short course “Advanced Methods in Sedimentary Petrography”, by L. González Acebrón. Erasmus+ program and ZRC SAZU Postgraduate School, Ljubljana.
  • 09/2016: Co-convener of the symposium “Continental carbonates: a multidisciplinary approach” during the 9th Geological Congress of Spain.
  • Special PhD award “Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado”, for the best 2011–2012 thesis defended at the Faculty of Geology UCM.
  • 2003–2013. Scientific advisor in projects of the management of the Castañar Cave Natural Monument and its visitor centre.
  • Collaborator in the project “Geopark Villuercas-Ibores-Jara” of the European Geoparks Network by UNESCO in 2011.
  • Organiser of geological field trips for the general public during “Geolodía” (2012) and “Madrid Week of Science” (2009 and 2010).

Selected publications

  • Martín-Pérez, , La Iglesia, Á., Almendros, G., González-Pérez, J.A., Alonso-Zarza, A.M., 2021: Precipitation of kerolite and sepiolite associated with Mg-rich carbonates in a cave environment. – Sedimentary Geology, 411: 105793.
  • Lipar, M., Martín-Pérez, A., Tičar, J., Pavšek, M., Gabrovec, M., Hrvatin, M., Komac, B., Zorn, M., Zupan Hajna, N., Zhao, J.X., Drysdale, R.N., Ferk, M. 2021: Subglacial carbonate deposits as a potential proxy for a glacier’s former presence. – The Cryosphere, 15, 17–30.
  • Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Rodríguez-Berriguete, Á., 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.
  • Huerta, P., Martín-Pérez, A., Martín-García, R., Rodríguez-Berriguete, Á., La Iglesia Fernández, Á., Alonso-Zarza, A.M. 2019: Gypsum speleothems in lava tubes from Lanzarote (Canary Islands): ion sources and pathways. – Sedimentary Geology, 383,136–147.
  • Martín-Pérez, A., Košir, A., Otoničar, B., 2015. Dolomite in speleothems of Snežna Jama, Slovenia. – Acta Carsologica, 44/1, 81–100.
  • Huerta, P., Rodríguez-Berriguete, Á., Martín-García, R., Martín-Pérez, A., La Iglesia Fernández, Á., Alonso-Zarza, A.M., 2015. The role of climate and aeolian dust input in calcrete formation in volcanic islands (Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, Spain). – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 417, 66–79.
  • Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Meléndez, A., Martín-García, R., Herrero, M.J., Martín-Pérez, A., 2012. Discriminating between tectonism and climate signatures in palustrine deposits: Lessons from the Miocene of the Teruel Graben, NE Spain. – Earth-Science Reviews, 113/3–4, 141–160.
  • Martín-Pérez, A., Martín-García, R., Alonso-Zarza, A.M., 2012. Diagenesis of a drapery speleothem from Castañar Cave: from dissolution to dolomitization. – International Journal of Speleology, 41/2, 251–266.
  • Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Martín-Pérez, A., Martín-García, R., Gil-Peña, I., Meléndez, A., Martínez-Flores, E., Hellstrom, J., Muñoz-Barco, P., 2011. Structural and host rock controls on the distribution, morphology and mineralogy of speleothems in the Castañar Cave (Spain). – Geological Magazine, 148/2, 211–225.
  • Herrero, M.J., Martín-Pérez, A., Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Gil-Peña, I., Meléndez, A., Martín-García, R. 2011: Petrography and geochemistry of the magnesites and dolostones of the Ediacaran Ibor Group (635 to 542 Ma), Western Spain: Evidences of their hydrothermal origin. – Sedimentary Geology, 240, 71-84.
  • Martín-García, R., Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Martín-Pérez, A. 2009: Loss of primary texture and geochemical signatures in speleothems due to diagenesis: Evidences from Castañar Cave, Spain. – Sedimentary Geology, 221/1–4, 141–149.
  • Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Zhao, Z., Song, C.H., Li, J.J., Zhang, J., Martín-Pérez, A., Martín-García, R., Wang, X.X., Zhang, Y., Zhang, M.H. 2009: Mudflat/distal fan and shallow lake sedimentation (upper Vallesian-Turolian) in the Tianshui Basin, Central China: Evidence against the late Miocene eolian loess. – Sedimentary Geology, 222, 42-51.
  • Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Martín-Pérez, A. 2008: Dolomite in caves: Recent dolomite formation in oxic, non-sulfate environments. Castañar Cave, Spain. – Sedimentary Geology, 205/3–4, 160–164.
  • Alonso-Zarza, A.M., Genise, J.F., Cabrera, M.C., Mangas, J., Martín-Pérez, A., Valdeolmillos, A., Dorado-Valiño, M. 2008: Megarhizoliths in Pleistocene aeolian deposits from Gran Canaria (Spain): Ichnological and palaeoenvironmental significance. – Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 265/1–2, 39–51.