Neus Marí-Mena

Neus Marí-Mena
AllGenetics

PhD

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Additional affiliations
November 2014 - present
AllGenetics
Position
  • PostDoctoral Scientist
May 2014 - October 2014
University of Oslo
Position
  • PostDoctoral Stay
Description
  • During my 6-month stay at the CEES I learnt the basics to analyse the vast amount of data produced by NGS technologies. I was involved in a metagenomics project aiming to characterise the microbial profile of ancient DNA samples of Atlantic cod.
November 2013 - February 2014
AllGenetics
Position
  • PostDoctoral Scientist
Education
October 2008 - October 2013
University of A Coruña
Field of study
  • Conservation genetics
September 2006 - September 2008
University of Valencia
Field of study
  • Biodiversity: Conservation and Evolution
September 1999 - September 2005
University of Valencia
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (88)
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Purpose A large fraction of a plant’s biomass is belowground, especially in shrublands that typically occur in episodically water-limited climates. Nonetheless, we have no standardized method to map the distribution of the root density (i.e., biomass per soil volumetric unit) of plant individuals (hereafter, Individual-level Root Density Distributi...
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Purpose: A large fraction of a plant’s biomass is thought to be belowground, especially in shrublands that typically occur in episodically water-limited climates. Nonetheless, we have no standardized method to map individual plant’s root density distribution (IRDD) and lack of easily obtainable allometric predictors of shrubland belowground biomass...
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The northward expansion of round sardinella (Sardinella aurita) in the Mediterranean Sea, together with declines and fluctuations in biomass and landings of European sardine (Sardina pilchardus) and anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) observed in recent decades, may suggest potential inter-specific competition in the pelagic domain. The coexistence of...
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Flightless, phoretic insects of the tribe Meloini include several widespread species able to inhabit both mainland and oceanic and continental islands. Relationships between phoretic and non-phoretic species of Meloini are unclear, precluding broad evolutionary and biogeographic analyses within the group. We provide a robust molecular phylogenetic...
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This work combines state-of-the-art methods (DNA metabarcoding) with classic approaches (visual stomach content characterization and stable isotope analyses of nitrogen (δ15N) and carbon (δ13C)) to investigate the trophic ecology of anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) and sardine (Sardina pilchardus) at high taxonomic and spatial resolution in the Wes...
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Otter diet in reservoirs is known to experience seasonal changes. We selected a reservoir with a large population of exclusively wintering great cormorants and seasonal changes in stored water volume to test the relative influence of abiotic and biotic factors on otter foraging ecology. DNA metabarcoding of otter spraints revealed a dietary change...
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Superstition has it that tossing coins into wells or fountains brings good luck, thereby causing a potential accumulation of microbially contaminated metal particles in the water. Here, we characterized the microbiota and the resistance profile in biofilm on such coins and their surrounding sediments. The study site was a tidal marine lake within a...
Presentation
Diet tracing in small pelagic fish: a multi-proxy approach to depict new trophic links in the NW Mediterranean
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Nineteen polymorphic microsatellite loci were identified and developed for Natrix maura. Polymorphism was assessed for 120 individuals sampled across four sampling sites from the French Pyrenees Mountains. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 3 to 15, and expected heterozygosity per locus ranged from 0.227 to 0.863. We tested for deviation f...
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Most work on plant community ecology has been performed aboveground, neglecting the processes that occur in the soil. DNA metabarcoding, where multiple species are computationally identified in bulk samples, can help overcome the logistical limitations involved in sampling plant communities belowground. A major limitation of this methodology is, ho...
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• The common littoral shrimp Palaemon serratus is an ecologically and economically important decapod crustacean. Understanding the spatial structure of its populations is crucial to implement effective management strategies. • In this study, 17 polymorphic microsatellite nuclear markers were examined in 252 individuals to explore the genetic divers...
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Feather mites are among the most common and diverse ectosymbionts of birds, yet basic questions such as the nature of their relationship remain largely unanswered. One reason for feather mites being understudied is that their morphological identification is often virtually impossible when using female or young individuals. Even for adult male speci...
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Premise of the study: Non-plastid microsatellite primers were developed for the first time in the Eurosiberian complex of Anthoxanthum L., a genus of temperate grasses in which reticulate evolution is common. Methods and Results: A microsatellite-enriched genomic DNA library allowed the detection of 500 fragments containing a microsatellite motif....
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Background Geographic and demographic factors as well as specialisation to a new host-plant may lead to host-associated differentiation in plant-feeding insects. We explored the phylogeography of a protected moth, Graellsia isabellae, and its two recognised host-plant species (Pinus sylvestris and P. nigra) in order to seek for any concordance usef...
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The phylogeography of montane species often reveals strong genetic differentiation among mountain ranges. Both classic morphological and genetic studies have indicated distinctiveness of Pyrenean populations of the butterfly Erebia euryale. This hypothesis remained inconclusive until data from the westernmost populations of the distribution area (C...
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Sex attractant pheromones are highly sensitive and selective tools for detecting and monitoring populations of insects, yet there has been only one reported case of pheromones being used to monitor protected species. Here, we report the identification and synthesis of the sex pheromone of a protected European moth species, Graellsia isabellae (Lepi...
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Ten polymorphic microsatellite loci were developed for Graellsia isabelae. Polymorphism was assessed for 20 individuals from a Spanish population (Els-Ports-de-Beseit, Catalonia) and 39 more individuals from one population in the French Alps and six other Spanish localities. Overall, the number of alleles per locus ranged from 5 to 24. Els-Ports-de...
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Biological invasions usually start with a small number of founder individuals. These founders are likely to represent a small fraction of the total genetic diversity found in the source population. Our study set out to trace genetically the geographical origin of the horse-chestnut leafminer, Cameraria ohridella, an invasive microlepidopteran whose...