Biological invasions: Exploring new challenges in a changing world

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Thursday 28 November 2019

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Ryton Organic Gardens, CV8 3LG

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Biological invasions are among the most important threats to aquatic biodiversity worldwide and represents a unique form of global change.

This is especially true for aquatic ecosystems, which include some of the most vulnerable systems that are subject to multiple anthropogenic stressors and the invasion on non-native species.

This seminar will consider the constraints, emerging challenges, case studies and paradoxes in aquatic science research with a specific focus on riverine ecosystems and the use of aquatic bioindicators and biomonitoring indices. Preliminary results from on ongoing project supported by Royal Society at Loughborough University on non-native invasive species in UK rivers will be explored and discussed.

A high-quality version of this seminar will be uploaded to out YouTube channel.

Simone Guareschi Bio

Academic career:

2019: Post-doctoral fellow: Royal Society-Newton International Fellowship at Loughborough University, Geography and Environment

2018: Researcher at Department of Ecology and Hydrology, University of Murcia (Spain)

2015: PhD (University of Murcia, Spain)

Professional responsibilities:

2016-2017: Freshwater Ecologist at DBO5-AQUABIO Environmental Consulting firm, Seville, Spain (WFD 2000/60/CE monitoring Ebro and Guadalquivir River basins).

I am interested in freshwater biomonitoring, ecological indicators, invasive species, aquatic biodiversity and the distribution of aquatic organism. My research focuses on aquatic macroinvertebrates within different aquatic ecosystems and their use as indicators of ecosystem functioning, ecological status and conservation interest. Current research project: The effects of biological invasions on the ecological integrity of rivers and biomonitoring indices: identifying challenges and predicting the consequences.


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