Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades Presidencia Española del Consejo de la Unión Europea IEO, CSIC


Técnica Superior Especializada

Moll de Ponent, s/n.
07015, Palma de Mallorca.
Illes Balears. España.
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CV Summary

In June 2015 I obtained my PhD in Marine Science at the Balearic University (UIB) after the viva voce of the PhD Thesis: “Multiscale environment-ichthyoplankton assemblage relationships in the Balearic Sea”.

My scientific interest focuses on the relationship between external factors (environmental effects at all scales, including global change) and internal factors (reproduction, behavior) and the recruitment processes in marine species. Although I am a specialist on ichthyoplankton, the fact that ecosystems are compound by open compartments interrelated among them makes it necessary to also investigate on the closer compartments such as marine fito- and zooplankton. Most of my scientific production focuses on the diverse relationships among these three compartments and their relationship with variations on environment such as seasonality, distance to coast or ocean circulation, among others.

In addition, as a combined method to infer past events on the fish life, I have performed several work related to schlerochronology mainly focused on daily growth (larvae and juvenile in most cases) to relate changes in somatic growth with environmental variability. In other cases I have also worked with seasonal rings following other objectives. I have participated in more than 30 ocean surveys, from months spent on oceanographic vessels to day trips on small boats.

The main research activity of the Larval Ecology Unit (ECOLARV) involves several areas of the marine ichthyology, biology and ecology, from basic sciences to applying to the fishery activities and management. My background in the study of larval fish relationships with the environment will contribute to the implementation of the projects that are currently underway in the group. The group’s high specialization in medium and big pelagic fish such as tuna (with great commercial interest in fisheries) will allow me to develop strategies to better combine the use of biology and oceanography for a better management of the fisheries resources.

If you are interested in more information you can check the Web page in Larvae Ecology group (ECOLARV).

Itziar Álvarez está contratada por las ayudas para contratos Juan de la Cierva-formación, cofinanciado por el Ministerio de Economía, Industría y Competitividad, convocada por Resolución de 21 de noviembre de 2016, de la Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación.

Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) 

Update in February 2018