We are a young group of researchers working on solutions for adapting marine systems to the impacts expected from climate change. We apply a wide perspective from social and natural sciences to understand impacts in our oceans and livelihoods and work on solutions for future oceans sustainability.
Our mission is to ethically conduct the best science, and to share the scientific approach and research results to the broader society. We are committed to science dissemination and outreach and feel responsible delivering research outputs to policy-makers.
Elena Ojea, PhD
ERC Starting Grantee
Elena Ojea is a senior researcher at the University of Vigo currently leading the project CLOCK: Climate Adaptation to shifting stocks, funded by the European Research Council with an ERC Starting Grant. Elena holds an undergrad in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Economics, and has experience as a post-doc and research fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). She was a visiting researcher at the Bren School for Environmental Science and Policy (USA) during 2013, continuing visiting over the following years. There she joined the sustainable fisheries group and had the chance to work with experts at UCSB on the set of solutions for sustainable fishery management in many systems that are implemented around the world. To continue this work, Elena joined the University of Vigo in the summer of 2016 and launched the Future Oceans Lab, a Vigo-based research group on marine systems and climate change. She is also supported since 2018 by the Oportunius program from Galician government.
Julia holds a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Vigo. She has wide experience in marine invertebrate larval biology and dispersal. She has participated in several multidisciplinary projects, including ressearch in the Antarctic waters. In her career, Julia has combined science with project management, being responsible for general project coordination, management responsabilities, and human resources in several nationaland international projects. At this moment, she is focussing in project management by coordinating the Future Oceans Lab team and managing the European Research Council funded project CLOCK.
Iratxe Rubio’s research focuses on adaptation to climate change in international fisheries. As a graduate on Environmental Sciences (University of the Basque Country-UPV/EHU), and an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Marine Environment and Resources, Iratxe has gained deep appreciation and respect for the sea and its enormous biological and environmental value, as well as for being a vital source for humans. She is currently conducting her PhD at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) (Leioa, Spain), and is enrolled in Do Mar doctorate program from Campus do Mar (Vigo, Spain). For her PhD, Iratxe is interested in approaching adaptation options for international tuna fisheries from a holistic socio-ecological perspective. This multidisciplinary perspective aims to understand how the Basque international tuna fishery is impacted by climate change to seek integral adaptation solutions that can be later on transferred to industrial fisheries around the globe.
Alba Aguión is a PhD student in Marine Science, Technology and Management in the University of Vigo with particular interest in the role of spatial planning in adapting to Climate Change. For her PhD she will be looking at climate change implications for benthic resources under spatial management, with a case study on the stalked barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes) fishery in Galicia. Prior to enrolling her doctoral studies, Alba completed a MSc in Ecology & Environmental Management at the University of York and a Honours BSc in Marine Biology & Zoology at University of Santiago de Compostela. During her academic career Alba has been involved in different projects such as an oceanographic survey in NAFO and an ecological study of the microbes living in the Arctic. Due to her strong passion for science communication Alba worked for a year as an Outreach Officer sharing her science among schools in several countries. She is also the 2016 winner of Famelab Spain.
Diego Salgueiro is a PhD student at the University of Vigo conducting research on adaptation of artisanal fisheries to Climate Change. Diego has always been amazed by nature, he studied Marine Sciences at the University of Vigo, with student exchange experiences in GEOMAR-Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Christian-Albrechts_Universität zu Kiel and Autónoma Baja California University. After combining social and educational work he became a Master´s student in Biodiversity, Functions and Management of Ecosystems, in the Basque Country University, where he has collaborated with the University of Santiago de Compostela for his Master’s thesis developing the Ocean Health Index at a regional scale. By getting to know different worldviews, Diego derives his main research questions on environmental conservation, social culture and justice, community projects and participatory governance systems. Focusing on adaptation to climate change allows him to understand how feedbacks between oceans and societies work, and lets him share this knowledge with education programs and outreach too.
Elena Fontán is currently part of the FOL team. She completed a MSc in Oceanography at the University of Vigo in the Climate Change module. During her master thesis, Elena was working on the importance of fisheries and how climate change affects populations in socioeconomic and ecologic terms. She is graduated in Marine Science and joined the inter-university MSc of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management in Belgium. There she developed her skills at different institutions, including the University, Parliament and research centres like EAWAG, at the Limnological Research Centre in Switzerland. She is a multidisciplinary worker, with experience in marine resources in the private sector, in engineering using Landsat imagery to identify water swamps, and in fisheries working in a project on protecting marine areas. For this she conducted an internship in a European fisheries organization. Her major interest is in climate change and how our world is always adapting itself.
Sissi is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vigo, joining the ERC Starting project CLOCK: Climate Adaptation to Shifting Stocks in September 2017. Sissi holds a MSc in International Environmental Science from the LUMES program at the Lund University in Sweden and a PhD in Fisheries Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics. She has previously worked as a Post-doc at the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica in Taiwan and a research coordinator at the Greenpeace International in the Netherlands. Broadly speaking, her research interests are environmental and resource economics, more specifically game theory applied in fisheries, empirical fisheries economics and climate change perception surveys. Moreover, Sissi is a keen hiker, enjoying being close to mountains and nature.
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