Biodiversity patterns in Mediterranean coralligenous outcrops


Cristina Linares

Cristina Linares Prats is postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva program) at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Ecology. She began her scientific career with biological monitoring of the Medes Islands Protected Area. For her thesis, she developed demographic models such as population viability analysis (PVA), which is a fundamental tool for understanding the resilience of endangered populations in conservation biology. She has undertaken postdoctoral stages at the University of California (USA), the Centre d’Oceanologie de Marseille (France) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Australia). Her research mainly focuses on the population ecology of long-lived and fragile species, understanding the effects of the main disturbances (diving, overfishing, climate change and invasive species) that affect them, and assessing the role of marine reserves in the conservation of marine benthic communities.