Coastal Marine
Ecology Research

Marine Ecologists
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CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
CURRENT STATUS
2018-NowPostdoctoral researcher at Cadiz University with a project about carbon dynamics and climatic change in seagrass meadows.
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
2013-2017Ph.D. student of the doctoral program “Ciencias y Tecnologías Marinas” from “Escuela Internacional de Doctorado en Estudios del Mar (EIDEMAR)” at Cadiz University (Spain). Project title: Carbon metabolism and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) fluxes on seagrass communities: insights from plant colonization states, eutrophication and global change related factors. Advisors: Dr. Ignacio Hernández and Dr. Fernando G. Brun.
2012Oceanography Master, Cadiz University (Spain).
2006-2012B.A. Environmental Science, Cadiz University (Spain).
2006-2011B.A. Marine Science, Cadiz University (Spain).
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
2018Circular Seas Competition with the project: “Dynamics, characterization and reuse of marine plastic debris in the seagrass meadows of Cádiz Bay” (PLASTICFAM). Funding: Chelonia Association.
2017PhD Thesis distinguished by Cum Laude qualification and international accreditation.
2012Extraordinary award for the best final degree in Environmental Sciences.
2011Extraordinary award for the best final degree in Marine Sciences.
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
2013-2017FPU fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of education culture and sport to do PhD in projects on production and destination of carbon in the marine meadows in the Biology Department of Cadiz University, Spain.
2009-2010Collaboration grant from the Spanish Ministry of education culture and sport to work in projects on stress and feeding in marine teleosts in the Biology Department of Cadiz University, Spain.
RESEARCH PROJECTS
2019IP - “Dynamics, characterization and reuse of marine plastic debris in the seagrass meadows of Cádiz Bay” (PLASTICFAM).
2018-2020Participant – “The role of global stress factors in the carbon metabolism and production of dissolved organic carbon in benthic shallow communities (PAVAROTTI)” CTM2017-85365-R.
2018-2019Participant - “Carbon dynamics in vegetated coastal communities of Cadiz bay (CADYCCO)”.
2017-2018Participant - “Preliminary study of the structural complexity of the rhizome-root (rhizosphere) of benthic marine macrophytes in infauna biodiversity, and its effect on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) fluxes and carbon sink” PR2016-095.
2014-2017Participant - “Carbon production and fate of seagrass in Cadiz bay (PRODESCA)” P12-RNM-3020.
2012-2015Participant - “Seagrass feedbacks and trade-offs: the cost of living in the aquatic ecosystem (Sea-Live)” CTM2011-24482.
RESEARCH CENTERS STAY
2019Three months in the research center Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) governed by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).
2015Three months in Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR), La Paz (Mexico). Additional collaborations in Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR) (La Paz, Mexico).
2014Three months in Neederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO-KNAW), Yerseke (Holland).
2011One month in Neederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO-KNAW), Yerseke (Holland).
2011One month in Centro de Ciência do Mar, Faro (Portugal).
CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONFERENCES
10-2018I Congreso de Jóvenes Investigadores del Mar. Campus de Excelencia Internacional del Mar (CEI·MAR). Cádiz (Spain).
  • Poster: “Efectos de la acidificación oceánica y las condiciones hidrodinámicas en el metabolismo del carbono y flujos de COD en fanerógamas marinas". Authors: L.G. Egea, R. Jiménez-Ramos, I. Hernández, T.J. Bouma, F.G. Brun.
  • Poster: “Dinámica del carbono en las comunidades vegetadas costeras de la bahía de Cádiz (CADYCCO)”. Authors: R. Jiménez-Ramos, L.G. Egea, F.G. Brun, I. Hernández, J.L. Pérez-Lloréns, C.B. de los Santos.
11-2016La conservación de los sumideros de carbono costeros. Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de UICN. Málaga (Spain).
  • Oral communication: “Fanerógamas marinas, un pulmón submarino en la bahía de Cádiz”. Authors: L.G. Egea.
10-2016XIV Congreso de la Asociación de Investigadores del Mar de Cortés y VII Simposium Internacional sobre el Mar de Cortés (AIMAC). La Paz (Mexico).
  • Oral communication: “Metabolismo y flujo de carbono orgánico disuelto en parches de diferentes edades del pasto marino Halodule wrightii”. Authors: L.G. Egea, C. J. Pérez-Estrada, R. Jiménez-Ramos, S. López-López, E. Morales-Bojórquez, I. Hernández, F.G. Brun.
  • Poster: “Cuantificación de la productividad primaria de Halodule wrightii en el área natural protegida de Balandra, Baja California sur, México”. Authors: C. J. Pérez-Estrada, L.G. Egea, S. López-López, R. Jiménez-Ramos, F.G. Brun, E. Morales-Bojórquez, R. Rodríguez Estrella.
  • Oral communication: “Variabilidad en las respuestas a procesos de herbivoría en parches de Halodule wrightii con diferentes edades de colonización”. Authors: R. Jiménez-Ramos, C.J. Pérez-estrada, L.G. Egea, E.F. Balart, J.J. Vergara, F.G. Brun.
07-2016IX International Congress on University Teaching and Innovation (CIDUI). Barcelona (Spain).
  • Oral communication: “Famar Environmental Volunteering: From the sea to the classroom”. Authors: L.G. Egea, R. Jiménez-Ramos, C. Ramírez-Jiménez, F. G. Brun, J.J. Vergara.
  • Oral communication: “Environmental Monitoring Program Famar. A scientific project that supports university teaching innovation”. Authors: R. Jiménez-Ramos, L.G. Egea, F. G. Brun, C. Ramírez-Jiménez, J.J. Vergara.
05-2016II Simposio Cintífico de Alumnos de Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales (SACMA). Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales de la Universidad de Cádiz.
  • Oral communication: “Metabolismo de carbon y flujo de carbon orgánico disuelto en los ecosistemas bentónicos de la Bahía de Cádiz”. Authors: L.G. Egea, F.G. Brun, I. Hernández.
02-2015Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives-North Meets South (ASLO). Granada (Spain).
  • Poster: “Playing with a future scenario: response of the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa to the joint action of climate change stressors”. Authors: L.G. Egea, R. Jiménez-Ramos, J.J. Vergara, F.G. Brun.
  • Poster: “Climate change affects leaf palatability in the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa”. Authors: R. Jiménez-Ramos, L.G. Egea, J.J. Vergara, F.G. Brun.
11-2014The 11th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW11). Sanya, (China)
  • Oral Communication: “Carbon matabolism and Carbon Sequestration ability of major marine communities in Cadiz Bay (Southern Spain)”. Authors: L.G. Egea, R. Jimenez-Ramos, C. Barrón, J.J. Vergara, I. Hernández, F.G. Brun.
  • Oral Communication: “Palatability of marine macrophytes influenced by tissue properties, diversity and abundance”. Authors: R. Jiménez-Ramos, L.G. Egea, I. Hernández, J. J. Vergara, F.G. Brun.
03-2014Seagrasses in Europe: Threats, Responses and Management. COST Action ES0906. Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR). Algarve Univeristy, Olhao (Portugal).
  • Oral Communication: “Seasonal variation of carbon metabolism of major marine communities in Cadiz Bay. Authors: L.G. Egea, C. Barrón, R. Jiménez-Ramos, J.J. Vergara, I. Hernández, F.G. Brun.
  • Poster: “Resilience in Cymodocea nodosa community under nutrient enrichment” Authors: F.G. Brun, R. Jiménez-Ramos, M. Mancilla, L.G. Egea, V. González-Ortiz, J.J. Vergara, J.L. Perez-Llorens.
07-2012ASLO Aquiatic Sciences Meeting. Otsu (Japan)
  • Oral Communication: “Hydrodynamic driven food supply for filter-feeders in fragmentedseagrass landscapes”. Autores: V. González-Ortiz, F. Moreno-Marín, R. Jiménez-Ramos, L.G. Egea, T.J. Bouma, J.L. Pérez-Llores, F.G. Brun.
OUTREACH
Coordinator of a Local Volunteer Program for the monitoring of seagrasses in the Cadiz Bay (called FAMAR), which aims to know the state of conservation of the seagrass beds in the bay and to do a citizen science (2013-2017). This volunteer program is carried out within the research group of Ecofisiología y Dinámica de Ecosistemas Acuáticos (EDEA). Website: https://famar.wordpress.com.
Science disseminations workshops and oral communications about marine life and caring the oceans for elementary and high school students (35 hours):
03-2019Colegio San Felipe Neri (Cádiz, Spain).
02-2019IES Santo Domingo (Puerto de Santa María, Spain).
06-2017IES Pinar Hondo (Puerto de Santa María, Spain).
03-2015IES Almunia (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain).
02-2015IES Francisco Javier de Uriarte (Puerto de Santa María, Spain).
01-2015CEIP Huerta del Rosario (Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain).
12-2014IES Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain).
03-2014CEIP La Inmaculada de Cádiz (Cádiz, Spain).
05-2013CEIP Ernesto Olivares. San José del Valle (Cádiz, Spain).
Scientific dissemination events for the general public:
11-2018Workshop about the scientific work and outreach the scientific career for high-school students called “Coffee with Science”. Organized by “Secretariado de Actividades de Proyección Científica de la Universidad de Cádiz”. Constitution Building (Cádiz, Spain).
2014-2015Adviser for the first edition "Scientific of the Future". Program of Approach to Science (PACE). Centre for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR) (La Paz, Mexico).
03-2015Oral communication: “Los pastos marinos: un pulmón bajo el mar” in Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR) (La Paz, Mexico).
10-2014Oral communication: “Fanerogamas marinas: Un pulmón submarino en la bahía de Cádiz”. Organized by Ecophysiology and Dynamics of Ecosystems Aquatic (EDEA) group from Cadiz University. Visitors Centre of Cadiz Bay Natural Park (San Fernando, Spain).
09-2013Workshop about coastal marine science in “European Researchers’ Night”. Organized by the European Commission within the Marie Sktodowska-Curie Actions of Horizon 2020. Constitution Building (Cádiz, Spain).
05-2013Workshop about marine macrophytes identification of Cadiz Bay for elementary school students in “Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas de Barbate, Spain”.
03-2013Oral communication: “Seguimiento y difusión de los valores de los bosques marinos gaditanos”. Organized by Ecophysiology and Dynamics of Ecosystems Aquatic (EDEA) group from Cadiz University. Visitors Centre of Cadiz Bay Natural Park (San Fernando, Spain).
TEACHING
Supervised/co-supervised student:
“Effect of feeding frequency in the production of seabreams and its consequence in communities dominated by seagrasses”. Marine Science Degree and Environmental Science Degree. University of Cádiz. December 2018. Student: David Sánchez Ruiz.

07-2017Ecology teacher on CEI.Mar Summer Scientific Campus. Cádiz University.
2014-2016Teaching in accredited studies: Marine ecosystems, primary production, marine ecology, oceanogrpahy and limnology. Cádiz University.
COURSES ASSISTED
10-2018Workshop: International Workshop about Marine Spatial Planning. The role of the United Nations and the Spanish and Portuguese Experiences: Progress and Next Steps. Organized by the University Research Institute for Sustainable Social Development–INDESS and MarSP–Project in collaboration with International PhD School in Ocean Studies (EIDEMAR) the Master of Integrated Management of Coastal Areas and the Marine Sciences and Environmental Sciences Faculty of Cadiz University. Duration: 12 hours.
07-2018Course: Ecology of the African savanna and its large mammals. Organized by the association for education and conservation Bio-mas. Duration: 11 days.
07-2018Course: Three useful web tools in the classroom: Kahoot, Socrative and Surveyanyplace. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 25 hours.
06-2018Course: “First scientific-technical course on quantification of blue carbon in seagrass meadows”. Organized by Center of Avanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB CSIC). Duration: 16 hours.
06-2018Course: “References rating and impact factor and quality indications in academic publications for accreditation and sexenios processes”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 25 hours.
05-2018Course: “Workshop about dynamization of meetings and work groups”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 5.5 hours.
05-2018Course: “Verbal communication techniques in the classroom”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 25 hours.
02-2016Course: “Creativity in the classroom”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 6 hours.
01-2016Course: “Use of stable isotopes in marine ecology”. Organized by International PhD School in Ocean Studies (EIDEMAR). Duration: 50 hours.
01-2016Course: “Transfer of research results to companies. European Projects”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 5 hours.
11-2015Course: “How to communicate, disseminate and give visibility to our publications through the Internet”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 4 hours.
12-2014Course: “Conservation and sustainable management of marine species and habitats of Andalusia Region (Spain)”. Organized by Chelonia Association and Cadiz Univeristy. Duration: 7 hours.
06-2014Course: “Design of Experiments by Techniques of Multivariate Analysis for the Optimization of Experimental Variables”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 12 hours.
05-2014Course: “Nature photography”. Organized by Cadiz University. Duration: 25 hours.
04-2013Course: “Introduction to Latex”. Organized by teaching innovation unit of Cadiz University. Duration: 8 hours.
02-2012Course: “Multivariate Analysis Techniques with R Software”. Organized by Cadiz University. Duration: 45 hours.
VOLUNTEER WORKS
Participation in nocturnal sampling of the common chameleon in the Natural Park of the Cadiz Bay. This volunteer program was organized by the Vicerrectory of Social Responsibility, Cultural Extension and Services of the Cadiz University (05-2016).
Collaborating student in the Ecology Area in the Biology Department of Cadiz University about projects on seagrass ecosystems (2010-2011). Supervised by Dr. Juan José Vergara Oñate.
Collaborating student in the Zoology Area in the Biology Department of Cadiz University about projects on stress and feeding in marine teleosts (2009-2010). Supervised by Dr. Juan Miguel Mancera Romero.
Participation in citizen science on online platforms such as INaturalist and Seawatchers.
Boat Captain in Cruz Roja Española in Cádiz (Spain) (2008-2009).
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Collaborator as a lecturer in Biomas Association. www.bio-mas.org
Head of “Association of Oceanographers of Andalucia” (AOA) (2018) www.oceanografosandalucia.es
Journal referee: Estuarines and Coasts.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Asociación de Investigadores del Mar de Cortés y del Desierto Sonorense (AIMAC).
Next generation sonoran desert researchers (N-GEN).
Red Internacional para la Sostentabilidad de Las Zonas Áridas (CONACyT).
RELEVANT SKILLS
Research
Experience in both field and mesocosm experiments about coastal ecology (especially in tropical and temperate seagrass ecosystems). Laboratory experience: Analysis of different variables in seawater (e.g. nutrients, total alkalinity, dissolved organic carbon, oxygen concentration, light intensity). Knowledge in analysis of coastal communities production using both Punching and Winkler methods. Analyses of different macrophytes variables such as enzymes by electrophoresis, reserve compounds, natural products, morphological and biomechanical properties or nutrient uptakes.

SCUBA Diving
CMAS 1 Star Diver from Federación Española de Actividades Subacuáticas (FEDAS). 2008.

Recreational Boat Licence (Ministerio de Fomento, Spain Government, 2009)

Computer literacy
Proficiency in R programming language. Literature searching and management (ISI Web of Knowledge, RefWorks, Mendeley). Adobe Photoshop.
LANGUAGES

Spanish as mother tongue.
English: upper-intermediate (B2) level.