About the Author
Emeritus Professor Soil Science of Barcelona University (UB), Catalona, Spain. Dr. Bech holds a PhD in Biology, an M.A. in Geology, and a PhD in Pharmacy. Dr. Bech was Associated Lecturer of Soil Science, University of Barcelona (1974-83) and Professor of Soil Science (1983-2007) where he directed 50 PhD students. Dr. Bech has published approximately 400 papers in the areas of pedology, mine soils pollution and phytoremediation. Dr. Bech was the first to find metallophytes in Peru and Ecuador. Claudio Bini is Professor of Soil Science, University of Venice, Department of Environmental Sciences where he teaches Environmental Science, Geodynamics, Applied Geology, Soil Genesis and Evolution and Applied Pedology. Dr. Bini holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Florence (1969). Dr. Bini is a member of numerous Scientific Societies, both national (SIMP; SGI; SISS; SIPE; AIPEA) and international (AFES, IUSS, ISTEB) and is the current editor of Soil Research. He is the author of approximately 200 papers and books published in national and international journals, and in proceedings of international congresses in basic and applied Soil Science. His research is mostly devoted to soil landscape, trace elements in soils and plants and paleopedology Mariya A. Pashkevich received her Ph.D. in Hydrogeology at Mining. Pashkevich held a 10-month internship at the Geological School of Lorraine Polytechnic Institute (France) and received a diploma of international engineer-expert in the field of Geology and Geoecology. In 1995-1996 she won the contest of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, and had a 10-month internship at Geological Faculty of the University of Liege (Belgium). During this internship, the methodology developed by Pashkevich was tested and implemented for assessment of environmental hazards of sulfide mining waste. In 2002, Pashkevich was elected as professor of National Mineral Resources University (Mining University). In 2005, she took on leadership in the new Department of Geoecology and became a Head of the Department. Pashkevich is the author of more than 180 scientific papers, including three monographs: "Technogenic massifs and their impact on the environment" (2000), "Ecology of the geological environment" (2002), "Rational remediation methods for technogenic pollution focuses of hydrocarbon compounds" (2008), she also had 11 patents for inventions.