My research focuses on global change ecology and marine biodiversity conservation, with a special emphasis on investigating the long-term trends in key environmental and biological variables in the world’s oceans; identifying those marine areas most at risk due to climate and human-driven environmental changes; evaluating wildlife responses to environmental changes in highly-impacted marine systems; and designing suitable management alternatives to enhance ecosystems’ resilience to climate change and to ensure a sustainable balance between marine biodiversity conservation and human use of ecosystem services. Over the last several years, my research has contributed to advancing the state-of-the-art in these fields by producing the most spatially explicit assessments on climate and human impacts in the marine environment; providing new insights on the biological consequences of climate change and overfishing; and devising new approaches to identifying key areas for marine biodiversity conservation. To accomplish these goals, I have worked at different levels of ecological complexity (from individuals to communities and ecosystems), with different study models (e.g. seabirds, cetaceans and waterbirds), and in various biogeographical areas (from template to polar regions).
Funding: MINECO – Plan Nacional // Generalitat de Catalunya – FEMP EU
Expertise: Conservation ecologist specialized in trophic ecology, spatial ecology and marine conservation planning of marine top and mesopredators, mastering trophic, spatial, and abundance techniques. These skills are central to study the ecology of wildlife and predict the impact of environmental changes and anthropogenic actions to design precise management programs. He has special interest in understanding the ecological role of marine organisms, their distribution patterns and their trophic links in the marine food web that allows their persistence and how natural factors and human activities may change these processes. His research is developed within a multi technique framework to provide holistic solutions to manage conservation problems in an ecosystem-based approach. He obtained his PhD degree in Biodiversity at University of Barcelona with an Excellent Cum laude with the dissertation of “Ecology and Conservation of cetacean in southern Iberian Waters”.