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My area of scientific activity is the interface between ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation of Mediterranean reptiles. My PhD focused on the ecology and conservation of the viperine snake Natrix maura, living in a highly altered landscape. This research was conducted following a multidisciplinary vision linking physiological, reproductive, activity, ecotoxicology and ecological patterns. After my PhD, I extended my interest to the Mediterranean reptile community aiming to identify which life-history traits make species vulnerable to extinction.

Since 2006, my research focuses on the response of reptiles and other Mediterranean fauna to wildfires. Due to the expected future increase in fire risk, I am analyzing the effects of repeated-fire regimes on Mediterranean fauna, and which functional traits reduce their resilience in scenarios of high fire frequency. With this approach, I will contribute to understand how species respond to fire at a molecular, physiological and community levels.

In 2011, I moved to CIBIO/UP as a post-doctoral researcher, and I extended my interest to conservation and ecological issues in arid zones participating in several expeditions to the Sahara.

I have published 50 papers in SCI journals as well as 88 papers and book chapters in other scientific publications. I have participated in collective books as Atlases of Amphibian and Reptiles of Spain, Portugal and France, the Spanish Red Book of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Red List of Moroccan Amphibians and Reptiles. I supervised one PhD thesis, five master thesis, and three graduate projects. I have participated in 25 financed projects and 23 contracts with private or public companies, five of them as a principal investigator. My research has developed at the University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Granada (Spain), Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE-CNRS, France) and currently CIBIO/UP.


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Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/L-7748-2013

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4330-4261


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