Dña. Margarita López Rivas

Dña. Margarita López Rivas

Investigadora, Centro de Investigación de Colecciones Científicas (CECOUAL) de la Universidad de Almería

EDUCATION

2013-2016      PhD in Fundamental Biology and systems:Biology, Conservation, and Wildlife  Management. Granada University. Spain.

2011-2012      Master in Secondary Education and languages. Granada University. Spain

2010-2011      Master Sciences in Biodiversity and Conservation biology. Pablo de Olavide. Sevilla. 

2001-2005      Specialty in Marine Biology (Universidad de La Laguna) Spain

1998-2001      Bachelor´s degree in Biology (Universidad de Granada) Spain

 PUBLICATIONS 

Y. Álvarez,M.L. Rivas,R. Serrano, M.B. Vergara, E. Quintero, F.S. Tortosa, A.J. Carpio (2021).By-catch of sea turtles in Pacific artisanal fishery: Two points of view, observers’ vs fishermen’s (Under revision in Conservation Biology) (IF: 4.71).

Rivas, M.L., Rodriguez-Caballero, E., et al., Ortega, Z. (2021). Uncertain future for global sea turtle populations in face of sea level rise (Under revision in Global change Biology) (IF: 9.0).

Rivas, M.L., Guirado E., Mendivil, O.(2021). Counting Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) in the Arctic from satellite imagery with deep-learning. (Under preparation).

Lopez-Martínez, S., Morales, C., Kadar, J., Rivas, M.L.(2020). Overview of global status of plastic presence in marine vertebrates, Global Change Biology https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15416(IF: 8.5)

Hogg, C.J. et al., (2020). Protect the Antarctic Peninsula – before it is too late. Nature comment, 586, 496-499.https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-02939-5

Palomino, A., Lopez-Martínez, S., Rivas, M.L. (2020). Influence of climate and tides on the nesting behavior of sea turtles. J. Marine ecology and biology.S0022-0981(19)30419-8.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2020.151378 (IF: 2.4)

Rivas, M.L. Esteban, N, Marco, A. (2020). Potential male leatherback hactlings exhibit higher fitness which might balance sea turtle sex ratios in the face of climate change, Climatic change, 156, 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02462-1. (IF: 4. 99)

William J Ripple,  Christopher Wolf,  Thomas M Newsome, et al. (2019). World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency. BioScience, biz088, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz088

Guirado, E., Tabik, S., Rivas, M.L, Alcaraz-Segura,D., Herrera,F. (2019). Automatic whale counting in satellite images with deep learning. Scientific reports 9, 1-12. (IF: 5.12)

Rivas, M.L., Spínola,M., Arrieta,H., Faife, M. (2018). The effect of extreme climatic events resulting in prolonged precipitation on reproductive output of sea turtles, Animal conservation,21(5), 387-395.DOI: 10.1111/ACV.12404. (IF: 3.05)

Rivas, M.L. & González-García, F. (2016). Do students understand and accept biological evolution? A study on high school and university students. Revista eureka sobre enseñanza y educación de las ciencias, 13,12, 248-263.

Rivas, M., Marco, A. (2016) The effect of dune vegetation on leatherback hatchling sea-finding ability. Marine Biology,163, 13. Doi:10.1007/s00227-015-2796-4(IF: 2.39)

Rivas, M.L., Santidrián Tomillo, P., Diéguez Uribeondo, J., Marco, A. (2016) Potential impact of dune scarps caused by beach erosion on nesting behaviour of leatherback turtles.  Marine Ecology Progress Series,555, 239-248 (IF: 2.68)

Rivas, M.L., Fernandez, C., Marco, A. (2015) Nesting ecology and population trend of leatherback turtles Dermochelys coriaceaat Pacuare Nature Reserve, Costa Rica. Oryx, 50, 274-282. doi:10.1017/S0030605314000775 (IF: 1.85)

Rivas, M.L., Santidrián Tomillo, P., Diéguez Uribeondo, J., Marco, A. (2015) Leatherback hatchling sea-finding in response to artificial lighting: Interaction between wavelength and moonlight. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 463, 143–149. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2014.12.001 (IF: 1.87)

Santidrián Tomillo, P., Saba, V.S., Lombard, C.D., Valiulis, J.M., Robinson, N.R., Paladino, F.V., Spotila, J.R., Fernández, C., Rivas, M.L., Tucek, J., Nel, R., Oro, D. (2015) Global analysis of the effects of local climate on the hatchling output of leatherback turtles. Scientific Reports, 5, 16789 (IF: 5.58)

GRANTS AWARDED

2020            Participant at Women scientific leader expedition to Antarctica by Homeward bound#5 project.

2019            Postdoctoral fellowship at University of Faro, Algarve, Potugal, by ERASMUS + cei-mar (International campus of Excellence of the Sea) for PDI.

2017            Postdoctoral fellowship at CAESCG. Andalusian Center forthe Assessmentand Monitoring of Global Change. University of Almería. Spain. (3 months) by cei-mar (International campus of Excellence of the Sea) grant for mobility of prestigious researchers at cei-mar institutions.

2016            Postgraduate internship in Marta Abreu de las Villas University, Cuba by (AUIP “Iberoamerican University Society of Postgraduate”). Spain. (1 month).

2015-2016   PhD international mobility program in Marta Abreu de las Villas University, Santa Clara, Cuba by (EUREKA SD ERASMUS MUNDUS, ACTION 2). (6 months).

2015            PhD international mobility program in Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica by (UGR and CEI Bio Tic). Granada. Spain. (3 months)

2011            Postgraduate internship in Costa Rica University by (AUIP “Iberoamerican University Society of Postgraduate”). Spain. (3months).

2010-2011   Internship as PhD Student in Estación Biológica de Doñana. CSIC (The Spanish 

                     National Research Council).   Sevilla. Spain

2011             Beca soñadores “Behaviour, Navigation and  Survival of released Sea Turtles in Dispersion Nesting Programs: the first experience in Cabo de Gata (Almería)”, by National Geographic Channel. Spain

 2008-2009   Leonardo Da Vinci Grant, for the “(EWT) Endangered Wildlife Trust” Costa 

Rica, and the Mediterranean Foundation of the University of Almería (Spain), London, England and Galway, Ireland.

MERITS IN TEACHING AND SUPERVISION

2019-now        Assistant professor at CECOUAL, University of Almeria. Spain.

2018- now       Professor in Master ”Biodiversity Conservation” at Marta Abreu de las Villas University, Santa Clara, Cuba.

2019                Phd supervision: Sergio López Martínez. Characterization and presence of macro and microplastics on marine biota.

2019                Master supervision: Pedro Sánchez. Characterization and presence of macro and microplastics on marine fishes.

2017                Teaching certification from the Education Ministry of Spain as assistant professor at private and public Universities. Madrid, Spain.

2015-2016       Bachelor supervision: Albert Palomino, “Potential changing environmentalparameters influence the nesting behavior of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, at Pacuare    nature reserve, Costa Rica. Alicant University. Spain.

Invited reviewer at scientific journals

2021               Journal of Climatic Change, Endangered Species Research

2020               Journal of Coastal Conservation

2020               Global Ecology and Conservation; Journal of Frontiers of marine science

2015-2019      Journal of Nature Conservation

2017               Bulletin of marine science

2016-2020      Chelonian Conservation and Biology 

Research funding as PI or collaborator 

Funding: Red española de grupos de pesca. Proyectos FEMP.

  Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): IP partner

  Title Descarpesc: Caracterización de descartes na pesca artesanal da flota de Bueu.  7.388€

    Expected start date: 15/05/2021 Expected end date: 15/05/2022

Funding: LIFE 2020LIFE Environmental Governance and Information project   

  Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): IP partner

  Title:  Saving SeaBirds from marine Litter. LIFE20 GIE/FR/000114.  960.908€

    Expected start date: 04/10/2021 Expected end date: 30/09/2024

2. Funding: Junta de Andalucía. Spain 2021                                               

    Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): IP

   Title:  "La importancia del bosque sumergido como reserva de especies de interés pesquero" por Consejería de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Andalucía. 26.841€

3.  Funding: Junta de Andalucía. Spain 2021                                                          

    Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): IP

   Title: “Jornadas de concienciación sobre macro y microplásticos en medio marino del poniente almeriense”, por Consejería de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Andalucía. 27.948€

4.  Funding: Homeward bound. Australlia 2019      

    Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): collaborator

   Title: “Women in STEMM leadership programme and expedition to Antarctica”, by 

  Homeward bound. 30.000€

5. Funding: Fundación Biodiversidad. Ministry of  transitional energy. Spain 2019         

    Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): IP

   Title: “Caracterization of macro and microplástics in Mediterránean marine biota”, por 

   Fundación Biodiversidad. 151.171,14€

   Fecha: 02/02/2020-31/09/2021

6.  Funding: Junta de Andalucía. Spain 2019                                                          

    Rol (PI, collaborator, etc): IP

   Title: “Proyecto Caretta”, por Consejería de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de    

   Andalucía. 15.000€

7. Funding: European Spatial Agency 2017

    Role: PI

    Title: Resilience of sea turtle grounds to sea level rise projections

     Reference: 39692

    Goal of the funded grant: Access to satelital imagery data

8. Funding Agency European Commission 2013-2015                                                      

   Role (PI, collaborator, etc): collaborator

   Title: Global Fungi.

   Goal of the funded grant: (one sentence) Characterizing fungal emergence diseases

9. Funding Agency Junta de Andalucía. Spain 2011-2013                                                 

    Role (PI, collaborator, etc): collaborator

   ScientificProject “Scientific statements for restoration of loggerhead nesting in 

   the South of Spain”, by the collaboration between Consejería de Medio Ambiente de la Junta 

   de Andalucía and The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)2004-2013, Dr. Adolfo     

   Marco Llorente.

Mentoring of graduate students 

Name:                         Sergio López Martínes

Degree Granted:         Doctoral degree          year 2019

Program:                     PhD in Environmental science.Almeria University. Spain.

Thesis title:                  “Characterization of macro and micro plastics in the marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean”.

Name:                         Albert Palomino

Degree Granted:         Bachelor degree          year 2015-2016

Program:                     Oceanography.Alicant University. Spain.

Thesis title:                 “Potential changing environmentalparameters influence the nesting behavior of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, at Pacuare    nature reserve, Costa Rica.

Coordinating activities

2021                International Master in Ecology and Wildlife Management at Santo Domingo Autonoma University UASD, Dominican Republic.

2021                International IberoAmerican network for research and postgrade training in biodiversity conservation and climate change.

2016-2019       Director of organizing committee of “I-IV Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation: Dissemination and transfer of knowledge among all society sectors”. 2016-2017, Almería, 2018, Murcia, 2019, Cádiz, Spain. 

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PRESENTATIONS, SYMPOSIUMS AND MEETINGS

(O) Microplastic international Congress. 2020. Lanzarote. Spain. Marga L Rivas& Sergio 

Lopez-Martinez. Global presence of macro and microplastic in marine biota.

(P) IX SIMPOSIO DE INVESTIGACIÓNde Ciencias Experimentales, Almeria, Spain. 

2020. C. Pérez-Rubín, S. López-Martínez, L. Hidalgo-Oller, J.J. Herrera-González, y 

M.L. Rivas. Estudio de macro y microplásticos en peces pelágicos y bentónicos de la 

costa almeriense.

(O) 4th International Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Cádiz, Spain. 

2019. Rivas, M.L. Proyecto Homeward Bound.Expedición a la Antártida de

científicas líderes en la lucha contra el cambio climático.

 (O) 3rd International Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Murcia, 

Spain. 2018. Bonet, Z.,Rivas, M.L. Restauración de bosque Mediterráneo frente a la 

desertificación en el P.N. de Sierra Nevada-Almócita.

(P) 3rd International Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Murcia, Spain. 2018. 

Antonio Salinas Cervi, Celia Martín Ramírez, Celia D. Serrano, Luis Delgado Mayoral, Daniel 

Sánchez, Rosa Carrión, Héctor Julián Pula Moren, Luis Morales Fernández, Marga L Rivas, 

Luciano Vílchez-Gómez.Club Universitario Buceo de Granada: Ciencia ciudadana y 

conservación de la costa de Granada a través de la estructura de club deportivo sin ánimo de lucro. Un caso práctico. 

#somosCUB #somosMar. 

 (O) 2nd International Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Almería, Spain. 2017. Palomino, A., Rivas, M.L. Mitigation of sea turtles against global warming by higher fitness of male hatchlings.

 (P) 37thInternational Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Las Vegas, EEUU, 2017. Palomino, A.,Rivas, M.L. Potential changing environmental parameters might alter the nesting behaviour of leatherback turtles.

(O) 1st International Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Almería, Spain. 2016. Palomino, A., Rivas, M.L. Potential changing environmental parameters influence the nesting behavior of leatherback turtles.

 (P) 1stInternational Symposium on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation, Almería, Spain. 2016. Rivas, M.L. Potential effects of extreme climatic events resulting in prolonged precipitation on reproductive output of sea turtles. 

(O) Encuentro “Conservación de la diversidad biológica en Cuba-2015”, La Habana, Cuba. 2015. Marga L Rivas. Potencial impacto del cambio climático en especies de Tortuga marina.

(P) 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Dalaman, Turkey, 2015. Rivas, M.L., Santidrián Tomillo, P., C., Diéguez, J., Marco, A. The effect of artificial lights on leatherback hatchling behavior.

(O) 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Dalaman, Turkey, 2015. Santidrián Tomillo, P., Saba, V., Rivas, M.L., Lombard, C., Paladino, F., Spotila, F., Tucek, J., Nel., J., Oro, D.Global effect of climate change on the hatchling output of leatherback turtles at different nesting sites .

 (P) 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, New Orleans, USA, 2014. Rivas, M.L., Santidrián Tomillo, P., Fernandez, C., Diéguez, J., Marco, A. Effect of climate change on Caribbean leatherback turtles: Erosion and dune vegetation

(P) 34th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, New Orleans,     USA,   2014. Martinez-Bartolomé, M.L., Rivas, M., Sarmiento-Ramírez, M., Marco, A., and Diéguez-Uribeondo, J. A Potential Emerging Threat to Leatherback Nesting Areas.

(P)30th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Goa, India, 2010. Rivas M. L., Rueda L, Fernandez C, Denham J L. Hatchling success of Dermochelys coriaceathroughthe translocation of eggs.

(P) 29thAnnual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Brisbane, Australia, 2009. Rivas M.L., Danks D L, Fernandez C, Denham J L. Distribution and biology of Dermochelys coriaceaon the Caribbean Coast.

(O) Seminario“Área marina costera protegida, Chiloè-Corcovado y su implicancia en el desarrollo turístico de la zona” Seguimiento científico de ballenas azules”.2007. Quellón. Chiloé. Chile. Marga L Rivas. Observación científica de cetáceos y su potencialidad como recurso turístico, experiencia de desarrollo en Islas Canarias.España

WORK EXPERIENCE

2013-2015      Scientific Coordinator at Pacuare Reserve, (Endangered Wildlife Trust). Batán,               Costa Rica.

2012                Conservation Director and administration in Serengueti National Park, Ngorongoro NP and Zanzibar by Lodges & Hotels Tanzanian Limited. Arusha. Tanzania.

2011                Technical report on environmental impacts in urban and green areas of El Ejido (Almería) Spain, by the El Ejido Council and IBERMAD S.A.

2008                Coordinator in a sea turtle conservation project for the EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust), Non- Government Organization. Pacuare Reserve, Costa Rica and Playa Soropta, Bocas del toro, Panamá.

2008               Scientific Observer for the campaign “Fishing Campaign PEXLA

GRACIOSA 2008 carried out by the IEO (Spanish Institude of Oceanography), “ Scientific studies of the effects of the Marine Reserve of  La Graciosa”, Canary Islands, Spain.

2008                Scientific Observer for the campaign “Fishing Campaign PEXEL                                                     HIERRO 2008 carried out by the IEO (Spanish Institude of Oceanography), “ Scientific studies of  the effects of the Marine Reserve of  El Hierro”, Canary Islands, Spain. 

2007-2008      Coordinator in sea turtles rescue project, PRETOMA (Sea Turtle Conservation project), Non- Government Organization, San Josè de Costa Rica.

2007                Environmental Project in characterization of Parameters O2, Tª and salinity through experiments with CTDO in aquaculture centres. INFAs Analysis, executive reports for auditor SIGES, in the Salmon Company, TRUSAL S.A. Puerto Montt , Chile

2006                Scientific observer in European pilot project of experimental fishing (RAI-AP-     29/2005) in the continental platform of Portugal, General Secretary of the State in Maritime Fishing.”Mapa”, Spain

2006                Master for Utilizing and Transferring New Technologies and Innovation, organized by the Empresa Foundation University of ULL and the government of the Canary Islands with the European Social Fund, Canary Islands, Spain.

2006-2005       Scientific Observer for the campaign Project “Fishing Campaign PEXLAPALMA 2006 carried out by the IEO (Spanish Institude of Oceanography), “ Scientific studies of the effects of the Marine Reserve of La Graciosa”. Canary Islands. Spain