Andrea GoriPrincipal investigator
Postdoctoral researcher Beatriu de Pinos
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Andrea Gori is Beatriu de Pinos researcher at the Department of Ecology of the Universitat de Barcelona. His research focusses on the study of the ecology and ecophysiology of marine ecosystem engineering species (primarily gorgonians and corals) to provide understanding for the sustainable management and conservation of marine ecosystems located from the coastal area to the continental shelf and slope. His research is based on the combination of SCUBA diving with the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and manned submersibles for the extensive study of benthic species over their entire spatial distribution, as the best way to achieve a comprehensive understanding of their ecology and the variability of their responses to environmental features and human induced stressors.

Cristina LinaresPostdoctoral researcher Ramón y Cajal
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Cristina Linares is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Ecology of the Universitat de Barcelona. Her research focuses on the study of the structure and dynamics of coastal benthic communities and their response to global change. From the beginning of her scientific career, she has been involved in long-term biological monitoring in several Mediterranean marine reserves such as Medes Islands, Port-Cros National Park and Columbrete Islands, among others. Currently, her main research topics are: (1) the biology and ecology of long-lived and structural species; (2) the response of benthic communities to disturbances (fishing, diving, climate change, invasive species, acidification); (3) the role of marine reserves in the conservation of coastal benthic ecosystems; and (4) the development of demographic models for endangered species. She teaches courses at undergraduate and master level related to population ecology, marine ecology and conservation biology.

Josep-Maria GiliResearch professor
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Josep-Maria Gili is research professor at the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona where he created the Group of Marine Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation. For 40 years he has been working in different fields from the marine ecology between which they stand out: the integrated study of coastal ecosystems, the structure and dynamics of benthic communities, zooplankton ecology, trophic ecology of marine invertebrates and biodiversity and taxonomy of cnidarians. He has centred part of his work in the formation of young students as professor of ecology at the University of Barcelona, teaching doctorate courses, as well as organizing and participating in conferences, international meetings and courses for students and doctors. At the present time it develops research projects of investigation in the Mediterranean, Antarctic, South Pacific and North Atlantic.

Christine Ferrier-Pagès

Researcher in chief of the ecophysiology team
Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM)

Christine Ferrier-Pagès is the leader of the Ecophysiology Team at the Centre Scientifique de Monaco. Her research is focussed on the study of the relationships between corals and the environment, with more than 100 articles published in international peer reviewed journals. The team has investigated (1) the response of tropical and temperate corals to environmental changes, in particular increases in temperature, UV radiation and carbon dioxide concentration. This response has been measured for various processes, such as photosynthesis, calcification, coral tissue and skeleton isotope signatures, (2) the interactions between autotrophic and heterotrophic nutrition, in particular the use of nutrients by symbiotic dinoflagellates, (3) the coral carbon budget and the transfer of photosynthetic products between the symbiont and the host and (4) the interactions between prokaryotes and scleractinians or octocorallia.


Jordi GrinyóPhD student
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Jordi Grinyó is a PhD student at the Department of Marine Biology of the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona. His thesis project aims to characterize the benthic communities and gorgonian populations in the Menorca Channel, at a depth range from 40 to 400 m. He is also studying several ecological and biological aspects of the gorgonian Paramuricea macrospina, as well as the main environmental factors that drive benthic communities in the study area. By means of a multidisciplinary approach, the final aim of his thesis is to generate the knowledge for the management of the Menorca Channel.

Alejandro OlariagaTechnician
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Alejandro Olariaga is a technician at the Department of Marine Biology of the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona. He has a vast experience on different kind of technical work supporting marine scientific research including field work in polar environments. He has work on the invention and development of equipment as aquaria systems with controlled temperature, mesocosms systems and sampling devices. He has experience also in the planning and logistic of research expeditions. He has worked with several sampling methodologies utilized in scientific cruises as CTD, nets, drags and also remotely operated vehicles and submersibles. He has participated in 7 oceanographic long-term expeditions and in many short coastal surveys. These cruises have been carried out in the Antarctic, Arctic, North Sea, South America and Mediterranean Sea.

Carlos Dominguez-CarrióPhD student
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Carlos Domínguez-Carrió is a PhD student at the Department of Marine Biology of the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona. He is interested in the ecology and conservation of marine benthic species, mainly suspension feeders. His current research involves the characterization of benthic communities dwelling on the continental shelf and slope areas of the Mediterranan Sea by means of ROVs and manned submersibles, providing new insights about the spatial and bathymetrical distribution of such assemblages. He is also interested in understanding the relationship between the benthic communities and different environmental parameters, both physical and anthropogenic, in order to provide tools for a sustainable management of marine resources. He is also working in the study of general aspects of the biology of shelf-dwelling gorgonians, such as their distribution, growth and reproduction.

Maria MontsenyMaster student
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Maria Montseny is graduated in environmental biology from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona and is currently pursuing a master in oceanography and management of marine environment at the Universitat de Barcelona. Her master project is framed in the project ShelfReCover, specifically conducting feeding experiments with gorgonians.

PhD student
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Stefano Ambroso is a PhD student at the Department of Marine Biology of the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona. His research focuses on the identification of megabenthic species by means of video analysis, the assessment of distribution patterns and abundances by means of specific softwares and the use of spatial statistics to ecological data. His thesis project aims to understand the structure and dynamics of the Antarctic megabenthic communities of the Weddell Sea.

Postdoctoral researcher
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Núria Viladrich recently obtained her PhD at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a research focused on corals and gorgonians’ reproduction and energetics, primarily about their relationship with species resilience and resistance to environmental and human induced stressors. Her work addresses the role that sexual reproduction plays in the maintenance of coral and gorgonian populations. She is also interested in the energetic and metabolic impact that the reproductive activity has on the viability of larvae, as well as on the vulnerability of parental colonies. This research is developed by combining the study of the ecology of coral and gorgonian populations together with the biochemical study of their energetic (lipid, protein and carbohydrate content) and metabolic state, fatty acids and stable isotopes composition.

Master student
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)

Andreu Santín Muriel graduated in environmental biology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and he is currently taking part in the Master of Oceanography and marine environmental management at Universitat de Barcelona. His Master thesis aims to characterize the sponge communities inhabiting the Menorca Channel by using images and videos obtained by means of ROVs and manned submersibles. As part of his collaboration with ICM-CSIC, he has taken part in the ShelfReCover restoration surveys in Cap de Creus.