Since 2000 and over a decade my professional career has been partially focused in marine conservation. I worked during 12 years as scientific coordinator in the Columbretes Islands Marine Reserve (Spain), being responsible for the coordination of scientific teams and the development of scientific studies, as well as the implementation of scientific monitoring.
The outburst of the first warming-related mass mortalities in the Mediterranean Sea at the beginning of the 2000's woke up my concern and curiosity. In addition there was an urgent need to monitor and assess their impact on marine communities and their association to warming. As a result I started to study the effects of climate change in marine organisms. Among other projects, I set up a monitoring program in the Columbretes Islands to study thermal anomalies in surface waters and their association with the mortalities detected in the Mediterranean endemic coral Cladocora caespitosa. This long-term monitoring series, still running currently, allowed to describe for the first time in the Mediterranean the association between warming and mass mortalities of benthic invertebrates.
I have worked as well as a contracted researcher for the Department of Ecology of the University of Barcelona, where I still collaborate actively, and during the last years as freelance scientific consultant, undertaking studies for the Spanish Ministry of Environment and IUCN, among others.
My PhD, entitled "Ecology and conservation of the Mediterranean endemic coral Cladocora caespitosa" was undertaken from 2008 to 2014, in parallel to my activities as scientific coordinator and freelance scientific consultant.
I am staying currently as Gastwissenschaftler in the working group on Geobiology and Anthropocene Research of the Free University Berlin, where I want to further develop my research on climate change.
My scientific interests are focused on the impact of global change disturbances in marine ecosystems, with special attention to key species and vulnerable communities, as well as in the role of MPAs as laboratories and conservation tools in the current context of global change.
Currently I am highly interested in expanding our knowledge on global warming impacts by combining long-term data series on ecological responses and local water temperature with geochemical and schlerochronological proxies.