Line of research
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current and extreme environmental conditions have represented an effective barrier to isolate the biota of different regions of the Southern Ocean. However, Antarctica is no longer a physically isolated continent and the colonization of exotic species on its coasts is one of the central issues of current scientific research. Phenomena such as the displacement and arrival of species to this continent are exacerbated by climate change and the increase in human presence. Potential colonization, such as toxin-producing algae, new competitors or new predators, could generate drastic ecological changes in the Antarctic ecosystem, including the loss of biodiversity of native species.
Through the use of molecular tools and physiological studies, this line of research focuses on answering critical questions about bioinvasions: What are the physiological barriers to the colonization of Antarctica? And how will the new climate change scenarios determine the frequency and impact of bioinvasions on the Antarctic ecosystem?
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Research group / Bioinvasions and endemism
The research, published in the prestigious Scientific Report Magazine, revealed critical sectors in relation to the genetic diversity of the algae Macrocystis pyrifera. With the aim of knowing how changes in marine biodiversity are structured, in particular of the...
Various international investigations on this phenomenon were published in the prestigious scientific journal Progress in Oceanography. Seeking to explain how the presence of Harmful Algae Blooms, also known by its acronym HABs, can generate various negative effects in...
Research recently published in the journal Aquatic Conservation estimated that there were just over 2,000 individuals. “This is a very low number compared to other species of the same genus,” says marine biologist Dr. Luis Bedriñana-Romano, who led the scientific...