EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.



Short name: CSIC
Contact name: Miguel Matias
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Partner Description

This Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the world's 12th highest-cited (private or public) institution according to research performance, innovation outputs and societal impact across scientific disciplines worldwide (Source: Scimago). The National Museum of Natural Sciences, a research unit of CSIC, is the oldest and the largest ‘life sciences’ research institution in Spain, receiving >250.000 visitors annually. Its origin dates back to 1771, standing as one of the oldest natural history museums in the world together with the Natural History Museum in London. The main objectives of the MNCN are to describe the biological and geological diversity of the planet, to study the processes that generate and maintain such diversity, and to promote biodiversity conservation.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Miguel Matias (PhD 2011 at Univ. Sydney) is an independent early-career ecologist (Ramón y Cajal at MNCN-CSIC) with (1) extensive international experience (Post-docs at CNRS, Imperial College and University of Évora); (2) multidisciplinary publications in leading journals; (3) track-record with competitive research fellowships (e.g. Marie Curie) and research grants (€450k as PI; >€1M in total); (4) teaching and supervision experience at leading Universities (University of Sydney, Imperial College London); and (5) a global network of collaborators. His main research goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of how natural ecosystems respond to global warming using a multidisciplinary approach that combines theoretical, experimental and computational techniques. Miguel Matias has published 20 papers in prestigious journals (14 as first author), including leading ecological publication such as Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Nature Communications, Ecology, Oikos, J. Animal Ecology and Frontiers in Microbiology. He is Subject-Editor at Ecography since October 2014. Additionally, he has reviewed manuscripts for 17 different journals including Nature Communications, Oikos among others.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Coordinator of the CSIC team and co-coordinator of the Iberian Ponds Network. Contributor to WP1, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6 and WP8.

David Vieites is a Research Scientist at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), and associate researcher at the University of Barcelona within the "Grupo de Investigaci n de Excelencia de Biolog a de Vertebrados de la Generalitat de Catalu a". During the last years he has been working in the integration of different fields such as evolutionary biology, historical biogeography, genomics or taxonomy, to answer different key questions about the diversification, evolutionary history and speciation of different organisms, mainly vertebrates. In the last years he has initiated a research line on spatial biology, integrating landscape genetic models, connectivity analyses and population genomics. Since he started his lab at the CSIC in late 2008, he has participated in 10 research projects, being PI in 6 of them. From his work, he has published 86 papers, including 2xNature, 2xScience, 4xPNAS, 1 PloS Biology, 1 Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and 2 Systematic Biology, among others. According to Google Scholar, he has 3126 citations (2472 in the last 5 years), H index= 27 and I10 index= 45. David Vieites’s contribution to this JdC: David Vieites will be directly involved in this JdC through ongoing collaborative projects using Environmental DNA techniques for conducting high- resolution Biodiversity assessments. David Vieites is heavily committed in training young researchers and will provide additional mentoring and training opportunities at MNCN.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Team member of CSIC. Contributor to WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6 and WP8.

Ivan Acevedo is a staff research technician AT MNCN-CSIC specialized molecular ecology and Environmental DNA approaches.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Team member of CSIC. Contributor to WP3, WP4, WP6 and WP8.