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Dr. Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer

Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer is a researcher in the multidisciplinary ecology group of the University of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Spain). Her research is focused on the consequences global change on marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. She has centered part of her research on oxygen and nutrient dynamics and global warming effects on modulating these dynamics. She is particularly interested on human impacts on marine and coastal ecosystems. Her research is focused on the effects of eutrophication and warming on dissolved oxygen content and on ecosystems functioning. She has assessed the role of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) on modulating planktonic metabolic rates and their responses to global warming on the Baltic Sea. She worked in collaboration with microbiologists to assess changes in microbial community composition with DON inputs. She also collaborates with marine chemists using state of the art techniques for characterizing dissolved organic matter. Currently she is working on the environmental modulation of nitrogen fixation rates on seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) meadows in the Mediterranean Sea. She has measured metabolic rates (net community production, respiration rates and gross primary production) on international research cruises in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific, Arctic, and Southern Oceans. She has also worked in coastal areas mainly in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. She is teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of the Balearic Islands. Throughout her career, Dr. Vaquer-Sunyer has developed a broad international network, through collaborations with scientists in several countries, including Sweden, USA, Germany and Denmark.

Talk Title : Effects of hypoxia on marine biodiversity

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