Aquatic Ecology

Theoretical Ecology


Nowadays, aquatic ecosystems are being disrupted at increasing rates as a consequence of global change. Therefore, aquatic biodiversity is under serious threat in many regions of the globe. In addition, many ecosystem services provided by lakes, rivers, wetlands and other aquatic systems are essential or highly valuable for human life, and they are supported by the web of life inhabiting water bodies. Ecology as a science has a lot to do in order to prevent further damage to aquatic life and recover some already disturbed systems. In the current scenario, society must anticipate the changes produced in aquatic communities. To do this, scientist must understand the functioning of aquatic communities; identify the keystone processes, species and interactions, and project the structural changes likely to occur after the incidence of environmental perturbation or after conservation or restoration actions.


Zooplankters such as cladoceransand rotifers are used in our lab as model organisms for performing experimental research on aquatic ecology.


We focus our studies on shifts in life historical, morphological and demographic traits in response to abiotic and biotic influences, either natural or anthropogenic ones. Our research interests span from the individual to the ecosystem level.


Our current research includes empirical assessment of:

  • Changes in life history traits in response to infochemicals from conspecifics and heterospecific natural enemies.

  • Organisms’ responses to environmental variability of biotic and abiotic factors.
  • Individual, demographic, population and community responses of zooplankton to pollutants.

  • Complex interactions among individuals and populations in aquatic systems.





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