I am a marine ecologist working on the trophodynamic structure and functioning of intertidal and offshore habitats and communities. My research integrates ecological and biochemical expertise to understand the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on natural systems, and to generate the process knowledge needed to create and implement solutions to these threats. My main focus is to understand how bottom-up and top-down processes impact on primary consumers, particularly macrozoobenthos and pelagic zooplankton. Specifically, I am very interested in understanding how processes that affect phytoplankton communities translate into effects on primary consumers, focusing on the nitrogen (N) cycle. Core pillars of my research integrate field campaigns, laboratory experiments and cutting-edge biochemical techniques such as stable isotope (SI) and fatty acid (FA) analyses. I have used these methods to fill gaps in knowledge on the biodiversity x climate crises such as how natural variability in physical and biogeochemical processes control primary consumers as well as how pollution affects coastal habitats and food webs.
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