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Aina Garcia Raventós

Aina Garcia Raventós

Research Technician

Research Technician
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Former Members
CIBIO-InBIO, Jardim Botânico Tropical (IICT, Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical) Travessa Conde da Ribeira 9, 1300-142 Lisboa, Portugal

I am a biologist graduated in 2014 at the University of Barcelona. As an undergraduate, I did the student internship in the Granollers Museum of Natural Science, where I also carried out my Bachelor’s Degree Final Project, through which I realised that integrating species composition obtained from field sampling across environmental gradients was essential for understanding diversification, and how apply this knowledge in order to design an accurate management is still persuading me.

For this reason, I continued my specialization studying for a MSc in Ecology, Environmental Management and Restoration, which I received in 2015 also from the University of Barcelona. The aim of my Master Thesis Project was to integrate biogeography with character evolution and community niche structure for understanding the diversity patterns of caddisflies in Europe. This approach allowed me to distinguish the contribution of environmental filters and biotic interactions in the communities’ assembly process after the cyclic glaciations during Pleistocene.

Since then, I am really passionate in studying biodiversity and its conservation, so I continued my scientific training and expertise collaborating with some projects about Macroecology and Evolution at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences within the Freshwater Ecology and Management (FEM) Research Group, which research focuses on the field of river ecology, studying the stability and quality of habitats to preserve and conserve their ecosystems.

Currently, I am working as a field and lab technician at CIBIO-InBIO under the Freshing Project, which aims to apply metabarcoding approaches using environmental DNA in water samples along the Douro basin in order to detect invasive and threatened species of fish. I believe this novel genetic tool will improve freshwater ecosystems management and it perfectly fits with my interests.

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