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Dr. Francisco Ramírez

Born in Barcelona in 1980, I studied Biology at the University of Barcelona –UB– (1998-2003). I also conducted my PhD (2005-2010) at the UB (former Department of Animal Biology), initially under the supervision of Prof. Xavier Ruiz (who died in 2008) and subsequently with Drs. Carola Sampera and Lluís Jover as supervisors. My research background focused on evaluating the impact human-caused environmental changes on the feeding ecology of target species and, ultimately, on their exposure to certain pollutants and pathogens. To deal with these investigations, during my PhD thesis I specialized in the use of different intrinsic tracers, mainly fatty acids and stable isotopes. The resulting dissertation was selected by the Spanish Society of Ethology as one of the works that have contributed the most to the ethological research in our country (Etologuía, No.23, 2011).

In 2011, I moved to Seville (Spain) to work at the “Estación Biológica de Doñana-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas” –EBD-CSIC– as a postdoctoral researcher. Since then, I have dealt with multidisciplinary ecological studies aimed at investigating the response of wildlife to global-change related environmental stressors. In particular, I have used multidisciplinary approaches based on animal tracking, remote sensing and GIS procedures, species distribution modelling or stable isotopes to investigate the interactions between different environmental stressors affecting marine communities, their ecological or demographic responses and their ability to buffer environmentally-driven impacts in oceanic trophic pathways.

I came back to the UB in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher within the Program “Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación”. I incorporated to “Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals”, "Facultat de Biologia". In 2020, I moved to the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) where I am farther developing my research activity; first within the EU project "TRIATLAS: South and Tropical Atlantic climate-based marine ecosystem prediction for sustainable management", and then through a Severo Ochoa Contract (Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, CEX2019-000928-S) and a Ramón y Cajal contract (RYC2020-030078-I).

Academic achievements:


Master Universitat de Barcelona: “Màster en Docència Universitaria per a Professorat Novell (bienni 2017-2019)”



PhD thesis: Ecological applications of intrinsic tracers to the study of waterbirds. University of Barcelona (Spain). Excellent Cum Laude. Advisors: C. Sanpera and L. Jover. This thesis dissertation was awarded by the “Sociedad Española de Etología” as one of the best ethological studies in Spain (Etologuía, Bulletin of the Spanish Society of Ethology Nº 23, 2011)


BSc in Biology, University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

Professional activity



Full time Postdoctoral Researcher, “Ramón y Cajal contract, RYC2020-030078-I”. Centre: Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain.


Full time Postdoctoral Researcher, “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, CEX2019-000928-S”. Centre: Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. Supervisor: Marta Coll.



Full time Postdoctoral Researcher, “TRIATLAS: South and Tropical Atlantic climate-based marine ecosystem prediction for sustainable management”. Centre: Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. Supervisor: Marta Coll.



Full time Postdoctoral Researcher, “Subprograma Juan de la Cierva-Incorporació”. Centre: Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Supervisor: Carolina Sanpera.



Full time Postdoctoral Researcher. Centre: EBD-CSIC, Seville, Spain. Supervisors: M.G. Forero and Javier Bustamante


FPU Predoctoral Contract. Centre: University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. Supervisor: C. Sanpera and  L. Jover

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