RESEARCH AREAS

My research interests have been focused in the last decade on the effects of man-induced alterations (harbours, aquaculture, pipelines, desalination plants, etc.) on the biodiversity and ecosystem function of the coastal marine assemblages.

In recent years, I am broadly interested in small and large-scale patterns of coastal diversity to understand the role of species diversity, functional traits and interactions between species in the organization of marine benthic communities. Most of this work has focused on the impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems, and how to develop management solutions to help to conserve marine biodiversity.

I integrated approaches from experimental ecology, functional ecology, behavioral ecology, together with taxonomy and quantitative statistical analysis. From these general research interests, my current themes include:

• Use of bioindicators to establish marine health in coastal areas according to WFD (Water Framework Directive) and MSFD (Marine Strategy Framework Directive).

• The influence of biodiversity, food-web structure and environmental change and how they interact to affect coastal ecosystem processes.

• Understand the role of human impacts on coastal reefs (fishes and invertebrates).

• Pristine, including MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) areas, as marine biodiversity hot-spots and baseline for future environmental monitoring studies.

• Resilience of coastal organisms in affected and non-affected coastal ecosystems.

• Taxonomic, ecologic and functional biodiversity on marine ecosystems, with special emphasis comparing affected and non-affected coastal areas.

Contact

  • Rodrigo Riera (PhD)
    Research & Development Manager
    Ph. (0034) 922-31.55.80
    Fax. (0034) 922-31.55.81
    Skype: rodrigo_riera
    email: rodrigo@cimacanarias.com
    web: www.cimacanarias.com

    CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES MEDIOAMBIENTALES DEL ATLÁNTICO (CIMA SL)