Joan Moranta

Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Spain


I obtained my degree in biology from the University of Balearic Islands, Spain in 1992; and I completed my doctoral research at the same university in 2007 working on deep western Mediterranean demersal fish communities. Between 1992 and 2006 I worked at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (CSIC-UIB IMEDEA) passing through different types of contracts, from laboratory assistant to technician but always associated to research projects (EU and national projects). My current role is senior researcher in the Oceanographic Centre of the Balearic Islands, one of the coastal centres of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, since 2006. From October 2008 to July 2009 I was a visiting researcher at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University (UK). Finally, from 2010 and 2012 I was the Scientific Coordinator of the Coastal and Marine Research Station Jaume Ferrer placed in the Mahón harbour in Menorca. Most of my work is about the study of fish populations, fish communities and ecosystem ecology. I am particularly interested in the influence of environmental and anthropogenic factors on marine ecosystems and the ecosystem effects of fishing. However, my research interest spreads to other aspects of marine systems, so I enjoy working collectively with other biological and physical oceanographers and marine geologist. I really believe that the interdisciplinary approach is the way to better understand the ecosystem functioning and promote the conservation of the biological diversity. I sincerely expect that my research is helpful to achieve these goals.

Biography Updated on 13 August 2012

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