(Molluscs taxonomy and ecology, University of Santiago de
Compostela, Spain 1996). Mention level: cum laude.
(Biology/Zoology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain,
Pilgrimage through science
Since I completed
my Ph.D. at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in
1996, I have been working on patterns of distribution of molluscs
and processes causing these patterns. This research has been focused
on mollusc living in shallow waters and intertidal areas. Since then
I have been doing a little bit of travelling...
First, I was
working in a Cooperative Programme in Mexico from 1997 to 1999. Then
I moved to Australia where I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities,
University of Sydney, from 1999 to 2001 (www.eicc.bio.usyd.edu.au).
Whilst at the Centre, I studied the ecology of microgastropods,
especially their spatial distribution and the factors limiting their
patterns of distribution. My work focussed on the life stories of
small molluscs, including feeding, coexistence with other species
and longevity. This basic biological information is essential to
understanding their patterns of abundance from place to place and
time to time and the potential effects that disturbances may have on
In 2001, I gained
a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union to
work in Southampton Oceanography Centre
(www.noc.ac.uk). My work there focussed on
the study of biological diversity of deep-sea molluscs on the
European Atlantic Margin. The specific objectives were:
a) Determining the
abundance of the keystone mollusc species from the continental
slope of Porcupine Seabight using acoustically monitored epibenthic
b) Studying the
biodiversity of molluscs in the European Atlantic continental slope,
identifying material to species level and applying standard
spatial changes of mollusc species, particularly in relation to
depth, and relate the bathymetric distributions to the environmental
parameters and the distribution of potential predators. The
objective was to elucidate the dominant factors controlling
distribution of molluscs on the continental slope.
biology (reproduction, population structure etc.) of the main
research at the University of Vigo focuses on the study of the
processes responsible for spatio-temporal patterns of distribution
of species on sandy beaches. Moreover, I am working on the effects
of an invasive seaweed species Sargassum muticum on the
biodiversity of local communities at different habitats.
Most relevant courses
Taxonomy Workshop (2002) James Watt Centre, Edimburgh (UK).
techniques (2002) Safety at Sea, Warsash Maritime Centre (UK)
and analysis of biological experiments (2000)
for Research in Ecological Impact of Coastal Cities, University
of Sydney (Australia).
Environmental Impact Assessment of coastal ecosystems (1996).
University of Cantabria (Spain).
Structural Ecology of marine communities (1994) University of La
Salinity and pollution by residual waters (1990) University
Menendez Pelayo (Spain).
Integrated management of Aquatic Ecosystems (1990) Basque Country
Diving certificate (second class) (1989) Spain.