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Mercedes González Wangüemert
PhD 2006, Univ. Murcia, Spain
FCT Posdoctoral Research Fellow, (2010- )

Centro de Ciencias do Mar (CCMAR), CIMAR - Laboratório Associado
Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia (F.C.T.)
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Tel : (351) 289 800 900 (ext. 7408)
Fax: (351) 289 818 353
    Research interests
    My research interests have focused on the application of molecular genetics to solve problems in marine ecology and evolution including especially the evolutionary and ecological significance of population differentiation, selection and adaptive processes and fishery genetics. Nowadays, I am very interested in the understanding of the inter-relationship of genetic diversities and genotypic diversities (whether individuals are mainly clonal copies versus genetically distinct individuals) between interdependent functional groups of the community

Research lines

  • Genetic adaptation in coastal lagoons, genetic responses to environmental stress (Elysia timida, Cerastoderma glaucum, Holothuria polii, Holothuria arguinensis, Pomatochistus marmoratus, Diplodus sargus, Caulerpa prolifera, Cymodocea nodosa and Ruppia sp).
  • Spatial and temporal genetic variability and gene flow in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Diplodus sargus andHolothuria mammata populations. Relation of gene flow and open sea circulation model: connectivity.
  • Cryptic biodiversity in the genus Holothuria from the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific populations.
  • Importance of population genetics in the management of marine protected areas. Effects of fishing protection on the genetic structure of target species (fishes and sea cucumbers). Connectivity of Marine Protected Areas.
  • Genetic assessment of restocking in marine ecosystems.
  • Ongoing projects

  • 2012-2014. FCT Project, PTDC/MAR/119363/2010. Sea cucumbers: the new resource for a hungry fishery (CUMFISH). Project leader: Dr. Mercedes Gonzalez-Wangüemert. CCMAR, CSIC, IEO, INVEMAR, Université de La Réunion, Australia Institute of Marine Science and Ordu University
  • 2010-2012. SENECA Foundation, Murcia Government. Molecular ecology and climate change: adaptive differentiation of Cymodocea nodosa and Caulerpa prolifera populations through environmental clines. Project leader: Dr. Mercedes González-Wangüemert. University of Murcia (Spain) and Centro do Ciencias do Mar (Universidade do Algarve, Portugal).
  • 2009-2011. BBVA Foundation. Assessment of population dynamic and mobility to grouper management: Comparison among fishery and biological marine reserves. Project leader: Dr. García-Charton. University of Murcia (Spain), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brasil). Dr. González-Wangüemert`s role: genetic researcher.
  • 2009-2011. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MCI, Spain). GENCONECT: Genetic structure and connectivity in marine species and parameters (biotic and abiotic) determining their evolution. Project leader: Dr. Annie Machordom. MNCN (Spain), University of Roma (Italy), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA, New Zealand), University of Murcia (Spain), Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR, Italy). Dr. González-Wangüemert`s role: genetic researcher.
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