Francoise Cavada-Blanco

Francoise Cavada-Blanco
University of Portsmouth · Institute of Marine Sciences

Dr in Biological Sciences

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Introduction
Conservation scientist working with socio-ecological systems for the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems
Additional affiliations
April 2018 - present
Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Position
  • Researcher
September 2014 - March 2017
Simon Bolívar University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Conservation and Management of Coastal-Marine resources Marine spatial planning Socio-ecological modelling
September 2014 - March 2017
Simon Bolívar University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Undergraduate courses: Population and Community Ecology Conservation and sustainable use of coastal-marine resources Postgraduate courses: Introduction to plankton ecology
Education
April 2000 - December 2005
Universidad de Oriente, Núcleo Nueva Esparta, Venezuela
Field of study
  • Marine Biology

Publications

Publications (34)
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Acropora cervicornis is one of the most important coral species in shallow reefs of the Caribbean as it provides habitat and structural complexity to several species of invertebrates and fish. However, the distribution range of A. cervicornis has shrunk and collapsed considerably in the last five decades, due to a combination of factors including t...
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We review the historical and current distribution for Cantor's giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) in India. We report 13 new records from Kerala State. Based on our intensive survey in Kasaragod District, we report a potential breeding population from this region.
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Adaptation to changes in the delivery of ecosystem services while maintaining resilience of natural systems is one of the main challenges faced by multi-use marine protected areas (MPAs). To overcome this, it is crucial to improve our understanding of interdependencies among resource users and ecosystems. In this study we used networks to model the...
Technical Report
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Estatus y plan de acción para la conservación de Orbicella annularis y Orbicella faveolata en el Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Venezuela
Technical Report
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Project: Orbicella status after two decades of the massive death, Morrocoy, Venezuela Proyecto: Estatus de Orbicella luego de dos décadas de la mortandad masiva, Morrocoy, Venezuela Status and action plan for the conservation of Orbicella annularis and O. faveolata in Morrocy National Park, Venezuela. IZET-ZSL
Preprint
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Information on the status of the pillar coral Dendrogyra cylindrus across its global distribution range is needed to plan and implement effective conservation interventions at both the national and regional level. Knowledge on the species distribution and abundance on the southernmost edge of its range was limited to qualitative data gathered in th...
Book
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Revista divulgativa sobre los resultados del Proyecto Orbicella Morrocoy, realizado en el Parque Ncional Morrocoy y el Refugio de Fauna Silvestre Cuare, estado Falcón, Venezuela (2018-2020), cuyo objetivo principal fue verificar el estatus de los arrecifes coralinos, en especial de las especies del género Orbicella, luego de 24 años del fatídico ev...
Technical Report
Status and action plan for the conservation of Orbicella annularis and O. faveolata in Morrocy National Park, Venezuela.
Technical Report
Action plan for the hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica
Article
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Global and local stressors are causing the worldwide loss of coral cover and structural complexity at an unprecedented pace on reefs. In consequence, the habitat of coral reef fish has suffered a profound degradation affecting the abundance, biodiversity and species composition of this taxonomic group. Thus, understanding the link between coral ree...
Presentation
Venezuela ha destinado en su territorio un área más grande que Guatemala para hacer minería en el corazón de la Orinoquía, zona que agrupa a las llanuras de la cuenca del Orinoco, de las más importantes del continente. Allí se desarrolla el megaproyecto conocido como el Arco Minero del Orinoco, que ya está generando daños ambientales incalculables....
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Phytoplankton drives primary productivity in marine pelagic systems. This is also true for the oligotrophic waters in coral reefs, where natural and anthropogenic sources of nutrients can alter pelagic trophic webs. In this study, microphytoplankton assemblages were characterized for the first time in relation to expected coral spawning dates in th...
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In the past decade, significant efforts have been made to describe fish-habitat associations. However, most studies have oversimplified actual connections between fish assemblages and their habitats by using univariate correlations. The purpose of this study was to identify the features of habitat forming corals that facilitate and influences assem...
Data
Raw Data geometry explain fish assemblage Raw data containing the abundance of fishes and the geometrical characteristics of the A. cervicorn is colonies.
Data
Average and total density by taxonomic group and SIMPER species
Data
Acropora palmata larvae abundance values Acropora palmata larvae abundance, measured through specific antibody signal during spawning times evaluated in 2007 and 2008 at Los Roques, Venezuela, Southern Caribbean. Values shown represent the average absorbance of the four replicates taken at each reef.
Data
Microalgae species identified in water samples from four reefs, in nine consecutive days before, during and after coral spawning in 2007 and 2008 at Los Roques, Venezuela, Southern Caribbean
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Eight years ago (2007), the distribution and status of Acropora palmata was quantified throughout Los Roques archipelago in Venezuela. The aim was to produce a baseline study for this species which combined population genetics with demographic data. The results highlighted that A. palmata had the potential to recover in at least 6 out of 10 sites s...
Presentation
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En los últimos 30 años Acropora cervicornis ha experimentado un descenso en su abundancia a lo largo del Caribe hasta el punto de caer en la categoría de “peligro crítico” en la Lista Roja de la IUCN. A pesar de su importancia regional en Los Roques, su estatus poblacional no ha sido evaluado. El objetivo de este estudio fue establecer el estado y...
Article
Phytoplankton drives primary productivity in marine pelagic systems. This is also true for the oligotrophic waters in coral reefs, where natural and anthropogenic sources of nutrients can alter pelagic trophic webs. In this study, microphytoplankton assemblages were characterized for the first time in relation to expected coral spawning dates in th...
Preprint
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Ten years ago, we studied the distribution and status of Acropora palmata at archipelago Los Roques because the actual status of this species at Los Roques was unclear in this archipelago after its regional collapse. In that opportunity we aimed to produce a baseline study for this species in Los Roques combining population genetics with demographi...
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Ten years ago, we studied the distribution and status of Acropora palmata at archipelago Los Roques because the actual status of this species at Los Roques was unclear in this archipelago after its regional collapse. In that opportunity we aimed to produce a baseline study for this species in Los Roques combining population genetics with demographi...
Research
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Seminario de post-grado sobre el papel que juegan los microorganismos simientes de corales escleractíneos
Research
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Seminario corto sobre organismos de la Capa Mucopolisacárida de corales escleractíneos
Poster
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Over the past 30 years, Acropora cervicornis have experienced a decline throughout its distribution range in the Caribbean, to the point of falling within the critically endangered category of the IUCN Red List. Although, high mortality and shifts in its original distribution range have being noticed in this species at Los Roques during the last de...
Poster
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Strategic planning for conservation of coral reefs is focused on building resilience by an integrated management approach based on cooperative efforts. Here, we built a connectivity network of Caribbean researchers using the papers presented at AMLC scientific meetings as a proxy of collaboration among organizations for five decades. We aimed to ev...
Method
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This study is aimed to be carried out in most countries of the entire South American continent. As of today, scientists from Colombia (Pacific coast), Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Chile have agreed to participate in this project.
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The mucus of scleractinian corals harbors a variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, but little is known about the eukaryotic fraction of this microbiota. In this study, a quantitative and qualitative description of microalgae assemblages associated with the mucus of two species of massive corals is presented. During the first half of...

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Projects (4)
Project
This project proposes to digitize Venezuela’s marine biodiversity information to create a rich suite of datasets of biodiversity records with emphasis in marine protected areas for the country, building capacity among researchers and practitioners in the country to secure data mobilization—integrating standards allowing interoperability with regional and global databases and repositories— and accessibility through OBIS and GBIF networks.