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Ignasi Montero Serra

Ignasi Montero Serra

Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Queensland

Ignasi Montero-Serra is an Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow at the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab of the University of Queensland. He is interested in developing and applying quantitative tools understand the responses of marine ecosystems to multiple stressors to inform effective conservation plans. Currently, he is using spatially explicit ecosystem models to explore the role of local management actions in the resilience of coral reefs.

Ignasi received his PhD from the University of Barcelona in 2018. His recent work combined field surveys, population and spatial models, and principles of life-history theory to predict the dynamics of threatened Mediterranean gorgonians. Previously, Ignasi participated in several marine conservation projects on the Galapagos Islands during his undergraduate studies, and worked at The University of Bristol for his Master’s thesis evaluating the effects of recent climate change on European pelagic fish communities. His work has mostly focused on temperate marine ecosystems, but the methods he uses and develops are often applicable to a wider range of systems.

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Selected publications:

Montero-Serra I, Linares C, Doak DF, Ledoux JB & Garrabou J (2018) Strong linkages between depth, longevity, and demographic stability across marine sessile species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Montero-Serra I, Garrabou J, Doak DF, Figuerola L, Hereu B, Ledoux JB & Linares C (2018) Accounting for life-history strategies and timescales in marine restoration. Conservation Letters

Garrabou J, Sala E, Linares C, Ledoux JB, Montero-Serra I, Dominici JM, Kipson S, Teixidó N, Cebrián E, Kersting D, Harmelin JG (2017) Re-shifting the ecological baseline for the overexploited Mediterranean red coral. Scientific Reports

Montero-Serra I, Edwards M, and Genner MJ (2015) Warming shelf seas drive the subtropicalization of European pelagic fish communities. Global Change Biology

Montero-Serra I, Linares C, Garcia M, Pancaldi F, Frleta-Valic M, Ledoux JB, Zuberer F, Merad D, Drap P & Garrabou J (2015) Harvesting effect, recovery patterns and management strategies for a long-lived and structural precious coral. PLoS ONE

Kaplan K, Montero-Serra I, Vaca L, Vinueza L, and Sullivan P. (2014) Concepts of vulnerability as drivers of conservation priorities: an applied study of fish communities in the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Biodiversity & Conservation

Carr LA, Stier AC, Fietz K, Montero I, Gallagher AJ, and JF Bruno (2013) Illegal shark fishing in the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Marine Policy


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