Ecosystem services

At the present moment, I am doing research on the quantification of three services provided by coastal vegetated ecosystems (seagrasses, saltmarsh and algae beds): carbon sequestration, nursery habitat and water purification.

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Seagrass Ecology

I use observational, mesocosms, and flume-tank approaches to investigate the responses and acclimation of temperate and tropical seagrasses to stressful conditions of hydrodynamics, light, nutrients, metal pollution, and ocean acidification. My research is focused at the plant level, especially integrating morphology and mechanical principles on the ecology of these plants. I have also expertise in monitoring seagrass meadows, having been involved in local (Cádiz-FAMAR) and global (Colombia-SeagrassNet) programs.

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Ecological Modelling in Ecotoxicology

During a short time of my career, I carried out research to assess the effects of chemical pollution on the marine environment. By bridging toxicological data and agent-based models, I translate effects at the individual level to ecological relevant levels such as populations. I used this approach to assess the effects of chronic exposure of marine amphipods to a pharmaceutical and to hazardous and noxious substances at the population level. This field is not part of my research interests at the present moment, but I am willing to share the ABM model I developed for further applications.

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