Project: Assessment of potential interactions between the purse SEINErs fishery of Castellón and Endangered, Threatened, Protected species (2023) // Aproximaciones científicas en la implementación de estrategias marinas: herramientas de gestión (ACCION) (2024-2025)
Funding: Ocean Stewardship Fund MAVA Grant // Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico (MITERD) – Fondos de Recuperación.
Project: Margarita Salas postdoctoral position (2022-2024)
Funding: Ayudas para contratos Margarita Salas 2022 financiadas por el Ministerio de Universidades y la Unión Europea Next GenerationEU/PRTR y por el Plan de recuperación, transformación y resiliencia, y por la convocatoria complementaria de ayudas para la recualificación del sistema universitario español para 2021-2023
Expertise: I am a marine biologist specialised in the occurrence, distribution and abundance of marine litter and its impact on marine fauna. I’m focused on the analysis of plasticizers, microplastics, trace elements, the monitoring of floating marine macro-litter and marine vertebrates using drones and vessels, and the modelling of microplastics through the marine food web. These skills are key to assessing the impact of anthropogenic activities on marine wildlife and designing specific management programs. I obtained my PhD in Biodiversity at the University of Barcelona with an Excellent Cum Laude with a dissertation entitled “Interdisciplinary evaluation of the presence and distribution of marine litter (floating macro-litter, microplastics and plastic additives), and its impacts on marine vertebrates”.
Funding: Ayudas para contratos Juan de la Cierva-formación 2020 MCIN/AEI y Unión Europea “NextGenerationEU/PRTR”.
Expertise: I am a marine ecologist specialised in trophic ecology and historical ecology, mastering trophic (Stable Isotopes Analysis), temporal (SIBER), and genetics (DNA extraction and amplification) 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. I have special interest in understanding the ecological role of marine organisms and their trophic links in the marine food web and how natural factors and human activities may change these processes. My research is developed within a multi-interdisciplinary framework to provide holistic solutions to manage conservation problems in an ecosystem approach. I obtained my PhD degree in Biology at National University of Mar del Plata and it was focused in marine ecosystem from South-Western Atlantic Ocean. After my PhD, I have done more research at the University of Barcelona studying the trophic ecology of Magellanic Penguins and Mediterranean turtles from different periods. I am a member of Q-MARE international group from Past Global Changes as a leader. The aim is to disentangle climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems and I collaborate with scientists from all around the world. Apart from this historical ecology research I am also interested in maritime spatial planning, because I was involved in set the foundations from the maritime spatial planning for the Catalan Government.
Project: Mejora del conocimiento científico-técnico para la sostenibilidad de las pesquerías demersales del Mediterráneo occidental – SOSMED (2022-2023) // JdC postdoctoral position (2023-2025)
Funding: Ministerio de Agricultura, Ramaderia y Pesca (MAPA) – Fondos de Recuperación Europeos // Ayudas para contratos Juan de la Cierva-formación 2021 MCIN/AEI y Unión Europea “NextGenerationEU/PRTR”.
Expertise: food web modelling, small pelagic fish, fisheries management
Project: South and Tropical Atlantic – climate-based marine ecosystem prediction for sustainable management (2022) // Fostering the capacity of marine ecosystem models to PROject the cumulative effects of global change and plausible future OCEANS (2023)
Funding: Horizon EC 2020-Topic: BG-08-2018-2019-RIA- SEP-210482854 // Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Proyectos de I+D+I (RETOS-PID2020-118097RB-I00)
Expertise: I am a physical oceanographer and my work is mainly concerned with the dynamics of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean, focusing on the strong western boundary currents. My current research focuses on Marine Heat Waves along the South American coast. I’m particularly interested in their predictability and their impacts on marine ecosystems. I wish to contribute to our understanding of ocean dynamics and their role in climate and marine ecosystems.
Project: Climate Change and Future Marine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (FutureMares) – 2022-2023 // Achieving good environmental status for maintaining ecosystem services by assessing integrated impacts of cumulative pressures (Ges4Seas) – 2023-2024
Project: Juan de la Cierva-incorporación 2019 (2020-2022) // Ramon y Caja Fellowship (2023-2027)
Funding: Ayudas para contratos Juan de la Cierva-incorporación 2019 MICINN // MICINN
Expertise: I am an integrative marine ecologist with a strong interdisciplinary interest in fisheries. My current integrative line of research can be subdivided in two major branches. The first one focuses on behavioural ecology and fisheries-induced evolution. In particular, I aim to understand how animal behaviour affects fisheries and ecological processes, and vice versa, how fishing affects animal behaviour and thus ecological and evolutionary dynamics. The second one aims to integrate citizen science and digital data from social media into marine ecology and fisheries management. In particular, I am using the emerging approaches of conservation culturomics and iEcology (use of digital data for studying human-nature interactions and ecological processes) in a marine recreational fishing context.
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).
Project: PELWEB & PELCAT (2018-2019) // JdC postdoctoral position (2021-2023)
Funding: MINECO – Plan Nacional // Generalitat de Catalunya – FEMP EU // Ayudas para contratos Juan de la Cierva-formación 2020 MICINN
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”.