I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) of Barcelona. My research interests include taxonomy, biodiversity, ecology and paleobiology.
My current work aims to: 1) deepen current understanding of the skeletal structure, mineralogy and geochemistry of benthic marine calcifiers in order to identify taxa that may be particularly vulnerable to climate change and may make suitable indicators to monitor the effects of near-future changes 2) use their fossil record to reconstruct natural and human-driven changes (e.g. ocean warming and acidification, hypoxia) in coastal ecosystems and be able to make better predictions of the effects of the future climate change on benthic communities
Ocean acidification process. Figuerola et al. in review. Infographic: S. McCormack.
General distribution patterns for Echinodermata and Bryozoa based on Mg-calcite distribution in the Southern Ocean. LMC: low-Mg calcite (0-4 wt% MgCO3); IMC: intermediate Mg calcite (4-8 wt% MgCO3); HMC: high Mg calcite (> 8 wt% MgCO3). Figuerola et al. in review.
Spatial distribution of hypoxia at 5, 10 and 20 m depths in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Figuerola et al. in review.
I am so happy to share with you a new species of shrimp, Triacanthoneus blanca named after me by Arthur Anker, a world-renowned expert on caridean shrimps. Click on the image to see more details about the article!
Do you want to know the potential of the micro computed tomography technique for morphological and estructural studies? Have a look at the following videos I made from 3D images of the Mediterranean bryozoan species Myriapora truncata:
"Anyone who starts to look at bryozoans will continue to do so, for their biology is full of interest and unsolved mysteries". J. Ryland.