I am a biologist interested in systematics, biodiversity informatics, global change biology and conservation biology. During my PhD research, I have focused on the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) as model organisms. At present, I am an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc, working on spatial conservation planning across Cuba considering freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem services under present-day conditions and global change scenarios.
“Protecting the future of freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem services across Cuba”.
Freshwater ecosystems are among the most biodiverse and the most important providers of services to humans globally. Unfortunately, these ecosystems are also among the most threatened in the world. In Cuba, the main threats to freshwater ecosystems are climate change and habitat loss and fragmentation induced by land use/land cover change (LULC). Cuba’s National System of Protected Areas (in short SNAP for Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) is the main tool to protect biodiversity across the country. However, SNAP was not explicitly designed to account for freshwater biodiversity, ecosystem services, river’s connectivity and future scenarios of climate and LULC.
The main goal of the present project is to assess the protection offered by SNAP to freshwater biodiversity and to the provision of freshwater ecosystem services, considering the present conditions and future climate and land use/land cover change scenarios across Cuba. We expect to identify a hypothetical network of protected areas that should assure targets for biodiversity and ecosystem services in the present and future environmental conditions, at the lowest possible cost.
2021-2023 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin and Department of Geocology, TU Braunschweig. Germany.
2006 – 2020 Lecturer at Department of Biology, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.
June 2017 PhD in Biological Science, Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba. Molecular phylogeny, morphology and distribution of Hypolestes (Odonata: Hypolestidae): conservation implications.
2011 MSc. in Zoology and Animal Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba. Sperm removal in Hypolestes trinitatis (Odonata: Megapodagrionidae).
2006 B.S. in Biological Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Oviposition behaviour of Protoneura capillaris (Odonata: Protoneuridae) in Dos Bocas, Santiago de Cuba.