Figuerola, Laura


PhD student (UB)

Laura Figuerola Ferrando is a Ph.D. aspirant student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona. Her proposed Ph.D. supervisors are Dra. Cristina Linares and Dr. Joaquim Garrabou, and it will be developed under the National Project “Mediterranean coastal ecosystems in the Anthropocene: how marine heat waves are transforming marine benthic habitats? (HEATMED)”. The thesis project aims to contribute to the comprehension of the biological impacts of Marine heatwaves - one of the recurrent impacts of global warming - in the Mediterranean Sea. It will quantify these biological impacts at different taxonomic levels and geographic scales, as well as the ecosystems resilience and the long-term response of the habitat-forming marine species affected by mass mortality events. It will also investigate the role and efficiency of Marine Protected Areas in front of this scenario of extreme climate events, evaluating the resilience and genetic diversity of these structural species. This work will involve the role of marine citizen science, through different platforms, as Seawatchers, and enhancing communicative campaigns and awareness events.

She is actually working in a database of the distribution and demographic data of habitat-forming marine invertebrate species from Mediterranean coralligenous assemblages, under the project “European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODNet)”, with the supervision of Dra. Cristina Linares. Furthermore, she is working in a metanalysis of the global genetic patterns of habitat-forming marine species.

Previously, Laura collaborated with Dr. Ignasi Montero Ph.D.’s, doing experiments with Corallium rubrum and Paramuricea Clavata in the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM – CSIC), analyzing photography’s, and calculating C. rubrum height.

Selected articles:

  • Montero-Serra I, Garrabou J, Doak D. F, Figuerola L, Hereu B, Ledoux J. B, Linares C (2018) Accounting for life‐history strategies and timescales in marine restoration. Conservation Letters, 11(1), e12341.


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