Marta Muñoz

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Dr. Marta Muñoz Frigola is professor at the Dpt. of Environmental Sciences of the University of Girona and researcher of the Marine Resources and Biodiversity Research Group of the Institute of Aquatic Ecology of the same university. Her lines of research have primarily been related to marine fish reproductive biology and its relationship to several factors as fisheries, marine protected areas, fish condition, parasitism or environmental change. She has published around 40 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals and some book chapters, and also leaded or worked in several research projects dealing with these topics. She has recently co-directed a doctoral thesis on the effect of parasitism on the condition and reproduction of three commercial species (D. Ferrer 2016) and another on the impact of climate change on the thermophilic species (H. Villegas 2015). She previously directed a doctoral thesis on the reproductive strategy of Helicolenus dactylopterus (S. Vila, 2010) that obtained the Extraordinary Doctorate Award (UdG 2011), and another on the reproductive biology of the Scorpaenidae family (M. Sàbat, 2005). Currently co-directs a doctoral thesis on the effects of global change on the condition and reproduction of marine fish from cold waters of the northwestern Mediterranean (A. Serrat).

From the educational point of view, Dra. Marta Muñoz teaches at the University of Girona in the grades of Biology and Environmental Sciences, as well as in the Master of Environmental Change: Analysis and Management, in which she has also been coordinator. In addition to the doctoral theses mentioned above, she has supervised several Master's and Final Degree Research Projects; and she has been member of 12 doctoral thesis tribunals.


Recent selected publications:

Lloret, J., Cowx, I., Cabral, H., Castro, M., Font, T., Gonçalves, J.M.S., Gordoa. A., Hoefnagel, E., Matic-Skoko, S., Mikkelsen, E.., Morales-Nin, B., Moutopoulos D.K., Muñoz, M. et al. 2016. Small-scale coastal fisheries in European Seas are not what they were: ecological, social and economic changes. Marine Policy: DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.11.007.

Brosset P.; Lloret J.; Muñoz M.; Fauvel C.; Van Beveren E.; Marques V.; Fromentin J.M.; Ménard F.; Saraux C. 2016. Body reserves mediate trade-offs between life-history traits: new insights from small pelagic fish reproduction. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160202.

Ferrer-Maza, Dolors.; Lloret, Josep; Muñoz, Marta; Faliex, Elisabeth; Vila, Sílvia; Sasal, Pierre. 2016. Links between parasitism, energy reserves and fecundity of European anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus, in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea.  Conservation Physiology 4. doi: 10.1093/conphys/cov069

Lloret J.; Sabatés A.; Muñoz M.; Demestre M.; Solé I.; Font T.; Casadevall M.; Martín P.; Gómez S. 2015. How Multidisciplinary approach involving ethnoecology, biology and fisheries can help explain the spatio-temporal changes in marine fish abundance resulting from climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24:448-461.

Villegas-Hernández H.; Lloret J.; Muñoz M. 2015. Reproduction, condition and abundance of the Mediterranean bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) in the context of sea warming. Fisheries Oceanography, 24 (1): 42-56.

Ferrer-Maza, D.; Lloret, J.; Muñoz, M.; Faliex, E.; Vila, S.; Sasal, P. 2014, Parasitism, condition and reproduction of the European hake (Merluccius merluccius) in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71 (5);1088-1099.

Muñoz M.; Lloret J.; Vila S. 2013. Effects of artisanal fisheries on the scorpaenids (Scorpaena spp.) reproduction in the marine protected area of Cap de Creus (NW Mediterranean). Fisheries Research, 138: 146-151.

Lloret J.; Faliex E.; Shulman G.E.; Raga J.-A.; Muñoz M.; Casadevall M.; Ahuir-Baraja A.E.; Montero F.E.; Repullés-Albelda A.; Cardinales M.; Ratz H.-J.; Vila S.; Ferrer D. 2012.  Fish health and fisheries, implications for stock assessment and management: the Mediterranean example. Reviews In Fisheries Science, 20 (3): 165-180.

Lloret J.; Muñoz M.; Casadevall M. 2012. Threats posed by artisanal fisheries to the reproduction of coastal fish species of a Mediterranean marine protected area. 2012. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 113: 133-140.

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