Marine Biologist, expert on Systematics, Sustainable Uses and Conservation of Marine Biota. Ph.D. on Biological Sciences from La Laguna University, Master in Management of Aquatic Resources by Tokyo University of Fisheries and Professor at the Biology Department of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 1990. Published more than 100 scientific publications: articles and book chapters related to marine plants, ecological processes and sustainable use of marine resources, including one book about marine plants of the Canary Islands. Expert of IUCN on Aquaculture & Environment, expert for the Canarian Regional Government on Convention of Biological Diversity, PoW on Island Biodiversity, reviewer of several scientific journals such as Botanica Marina, Aquaculture Research, Cryptogamic Algology, Journal of Biogeography, European Journal of Phycology, Journal of Marine Biology, etc.
At present time, actively working on aquaculture and environment interactions, climate change and its effects on benthic communities, ecological services of marine communities (i.e., seagrass meadows) and the effects of marine alien species. Since May 2014, Principal Researcher of the European ERA-Chair Project ECOAQUA: Research and Technology to enhance excellence in Aquaculture Development under an Ecosystem Approach.
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Research and Technology to enhance excellence in Aquaculture development under an Ecosystem approach (EcoAqua) 2014 - 2019
The overall objectives of the EcoAqua Project are to foster research excellence in Sustainable Aquaculture under an Ecosystem Approach, strengthening the development of existing research lines to enhance research capacities on Aquaculture and its integration within the environment taking into account diverse associated interactions.
Sustainable aquaculture research and technology have to be further developed to initiate innovative approach for aquaculture development within the Ecosystem-based approach to improve European marine animal-food- production and design an effective and innovative research governance framework based on sound scientific knowledge.
In order to comply with the established actions, it was recognised as necessary to consolidate a network of concerned partners inside the ERA (including the Outermost Regions, ORs, and Overseas Countries and Territories, OCTs) to coordinate the scientific efforts and promote synergies as well as knowledge transfer.