Marta Pages

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Marta Pagès is a PhD student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona under the supervision of Dr. Bernat Hereu and Dra. Cristina Linares. Her PhD projects aims to determine the effects of global change on the most representative bryozoan species of the Mediterranean Sea, as Pentapora fascialis or Myriapora truncata, in order to use them as indicators of human impacts in coralligenous community. To achieve this, she focuses on three main goals: (1) To estimate life-history traits through monitoring natural populations and analyzing long-term datasets of different species. (2) To predict the winners and losers species under climate change scenario using experimental designs and thermal tolerance models. (3) To study spatial population structures and the connectivity patterns to improve the current network of marine protected areas. Her research is funded by Trainee research staff grants awarded by the University of Barcelona (APIF). Previously, she worked in biological monitoring of the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Nature Park, and she had the opportunity to participate in a project to determine the vulnerability of white gorgonian Eunicella singularis to climate warming in the Port-Cros National Park (France).

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