I am a researcher in the field of empirical ecology, grounded in theory, with a particular focus upon spatial population dynamics and species interactions (including us, the humans, in the equation).
My early fascination with ecology lead me to become an undergraduate research assistant in population ecology and afterwards in behavioural ecology in the University of Valencia (Spain). These two experiences were complemented in the University of Barcelona (Spain) by my Master’s thesis on population dynamics of the European mink (Mustela lutreola). This work gave me the opportunity to gain invaluable insights from multidisciplinary research, underpinning the direction I gave to my subsequent PhD project focused on ecology and management of the American mink (Neovison vison).
In parallel to my thesis work, I have taken an active part in several projects undertaken by my colleagues at the University of Barcelona, as well as by colleagues based at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC, USA), Università degli studi di Trieste (Italia) and Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC (EBD, Spain).
On September 2011, I was awarded by the “Beatriu de Pinós-A” postdoctoral fellowship followed on October 2012 by a Marie Curie IEF Fellowship to work with Prof. Lambin and his team. Our research project aimed to determine the demographic and dispersal dynamics of mammal populations, in relation to the rate of (re)colonisation at low density and to test hypotheses about the roles of compensation and depensation (also known as Allee effects) in these dynamics.
Currently I am working in the CREAF as a “Beatriu de Pinós-B” postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Joan Pino in our fellowship awarded project “GREEN-BIOMET”. We aim to evaluate the viability and persistence of populations of a pool of species (mainly butterflies) under different metropolitan landscape scenarios by means of Individual Based Models (IBMs). We collaborate with BCNEcologia to help then with the metropolitan urban planning.
I also belong to the research group BEEMed Biodiversitat i Evolució en Ecosistemes Mediterranis and the Biology and Parasitology of Terrestrial Mammals leaded by Prof. Joaquim Gosàlbez; and co-founded the Spanish European mink Association (AVE).