Research group Limnology of Mediterranean lagoons and wetlands - Stéphanie Gascón

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Stéphanie Gascón

Stéphanie Gascón

My research deals with the ecology of aquatic communities in Mediterranean wetlands, including temporary ponds but also coastal marshes. I’m mainly interested on biotic and abiotic control of aquatic communities,from local to regional scale. To address this issue I use taxonomic but also functional approaches. I’m particularly interested in metacommunity dynamics, and how this dynamics coupled to biotic and abiotic factors shapes biodiversity patterns. I’m also interested in how external factors(e.g.nutrient inputs) can affect theenergy transferalongthe food web, and so influence the food webstructure. In this sense, I’m coordinating a project that analyzes the environmental key factors affecting food web structure and biomass size spectra in Mediterranean temporary ponds (RETROMED, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Project CGL2011-23907)).Although this project is mainly based on a field survey, I also have experience performing field experiments. I also like the statistical part of our work, since trying to find the best analysis to our different study designs is always a challenge. Finally, and as a member of the LIMNOLAM research group, I’m involved in some applied projects for the restoration of Mediterranean salt marshes. The aim of these projects is to recover the ecological values of some coastal areas located in touristic zones.

 

 

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Studied Ecosystems

Studied Ecosystems

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Institute of Aquatic Ecology
Faculty of Sciences
University of Girona
Campus Montilivi
E-17071 Girona
Spain

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