Gómez-Gras, Daniel


PhD student (ICM-CSIC)

Daniel is a PhD candidate at the Institut de Ciències del Mar and University of Barcelona. His PhD Project aims to shed light on the response of the coralligenous assemblages to climate change, improving our capacity to predict the future trajectories of this habitat in the NW Mediterranean Sea. To achieve these goals, his work focuses on three main aspects 1) Conducting thermotolerance experiments on representative species of the coralligenous community, 2) Studying their capability to recover against different impacts, and 3) Analysing the linkages between functional and demographic traits of these species, and their vulnerability to ocean warming. Taken together, this information will help to improve the management and conservation strategies for the coralligenous in the current framework of recurrent marine heatwaves.

His research is supported by a FPU scholarship granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and and advised by Dr. Joaquim Garrabou (ICM-CSIC) and Dra Cristina Linares (UB).

Daniel is graduated in Biology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (July 2014), with a Master degree in Microbiology and Parasitology; Research and Development obtained in the same university (July 2015). In addition, thanks to a JAE-Intro fellowship, he participated in a project at IMEDEA institute, located in Balearic Islands, where he evaluated the response of seagrass meadows to global warming and ocean acidification. Eventually, he also worked on conducting and supervising recreational diving activities in Mabul Island, (Malaysia), where he played an active role in raising awareness in local communities on coral reef conservation.

Selected articles:

  • Gómez-Gras D, Linares C, de Caralt S, Cebrian E, Montero-Serra I, Pagès-Escolà M, López-Sendino P, Garrabou J (2019) Response diversity in Mediterranean coralligenous assemblages facing climate change: Insights from a multispecific thermotolerance experiment. Ecology and Evolution. 9(7): 4168-4180. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5045
  • Garrabou J, Gómez-Gras D, Ledoux J-B, Linares C, Bensoussan N, López-Sendino P, … Harmelin JG (2019) Collaborative Database to Track Mass Mortality Events in the Mediterranean Sea. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:707. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00707
    Pagès-Escolà, M., Hereu, B., Garrabou, J., Montero-Serra, I., Gori, A., Gómez-Gras, D.,… Linares, C. (2018) Divergent responses to warming of two common co-occurring Mediterranean bryozoans. Scientific Reports., 8, 174555. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36094-9

Contact: danielgomez@icm.csic.es
Twitter: @danigomezgras
ResearchGate: Daniel Gómez Gras

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