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María Acevedo joins FOL for a short internship

She will work with Elena Ojea and Juan Bueno on the design of a climate risk assessment (CRA) using ocean acidification as the hazard component

19/06/2024 -

María joins FOL for a short research stay to learn about the development of climate risk assessments to  evaluate socio-economic and ecological impacts of coastal acidification on Galician small scale fisheries (SSF) within the framework of the ACID project, under the supervision of Elena Ojea and Juan Bueno. During her stay, she will be selecting a set of social and ecological indicators from literature and previously conducted risk and vulnerability assessments. Furthermore, she will be working on building up a comprehensive database of acidification related impacts on ecological and economically important species for SSF in the region.

She is currently an Erasmus scholar from the International Master of Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) coordinated by Ghent University, where she is specializing in marine spatial planning and remote sensing in aquaculture and fisheries. So far, she has studied in the University of Algarve and University of Oviedo. Prior to joining FOL, she conducted an internship as part of her studies at the Marine and Freshwater Research Center (MFRC) from the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) in Galway, Ireland. There, she collaborated with the TRACE-fish project and learned about the application of Trace Elemental Fingerprinting (TEF) in the development of traceability tools for Irish shellfish of economic and conservation concern, such as oysters and blue mussels.

María is originally from Guatemala City and holds a BSc. in Biology from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). Before starting her graduate studies, she collaborated with different consultancy projects in Guatemala related to coastal management and conservation, as well as biological monitoring for industry related projects. She also had the opportunity to work with small-scale fishermen in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala in the assessment of a proposal for a fisheries recovery zone

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