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


Científica Titular

Moll de Ponent, s/n.
07015, Palma de Mallorca.
Illes Balears. España.
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Telephone: +34 971 133 720
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CV Summary

Dra. Maite Vázquez Luis is a permanent researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO, CSIC). Marine Biologist and PhD on Marine Sciences (2011), main research topics are coastal benthic ecology, invasive species, amphipods, marine protected areas, benthic sessile invertebrates, marine biodiversity and conservation of vulnerable species under anthropic impacts threatened into the coastal zone.

She started the postgraduate research in the Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology at the University of Alicante (Spain). She developed her PhD Thesis about the effects that invasive seaweed Caulerpa cylindracea causes to the Mediterranean benthic community, specifically on amphipods and higher trophic-level taxa. While doing the thesis, she participated in several research projects focused on the study and evaluation of several protected and vulnerable benthic invertebrate species included in Barcelona Convention at Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in several places throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, she participated in the EU Water Framework Directive through the monitoring of macrophytes and sea grasess (Posidonia oceanica). Since 2011, she has been working at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares-IEO) involved in diverse national and international projects about the conservation and monitoring of coastal benthic populations, acquiring a strong background on sessile invertebrates, such as the endemic bivalve Pinna nobilis, anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems, and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. In 2016 she was awarded with a postdoctoral contract of Govern de les Illes Balears, and consecutively with a Juan de la Cierva- Incorporación fellowship. During this last period, she have been directly involved in international projects related to the management and conservation of the Pinna nobilis populations in the Mediterranean Sea, re-cataloguing the species, developing genetic techniques, and coordinating national activities in close collaboration with Government authorities. She is actually in the advisor of the “Grupo de trabajo para la nacra” coordinated by the MITECO; and is a member of Scientific Committee regulated by RD 139/2011: Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO), coordinates an independent Scientific Committee regulated by Royal Decree 139/2011 (Listado de Especies Silvestres en Régimen de Protección Especial, Catalogo Español de Especies Amenazadas y Catálogo Español de Especies Exóticas Invasoras).

Wide experience coordinating and developing scientific projects and studies, as well as coordinating field samplings and surveys on-board and by scuba diving. Strong knowledge on data management, statistical analysis and writing reports and papers. Published 63 scientific peer-reviewed papers at international ISI journals on marine ecology. Participation in 47 research projects, in 5 as main researcher and another 2 as internal responsible of the sub action in the IEO, 86 works presented at national and international conferences. Teaching experience at Biology and Marine Science degree (UA), postgraduate Master courses (Marine Sciences UA; Marine Ecology UIB; Analysis, Planning and Management of Coastal Areas UIB); but also in courses and seminars for university and high school teacher training and tutorization of stays of foreign students. Direction of one PhD thesis (another ongoing), 2 bachelor’s thesis (another ongoing) and 13 master’s thesis. Regular reviewer of scientific papers. Participation in citizen science projects and transfer of knowledge activities, as well as media dissemination.

Pinnarca project

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Update in February 2024