Ander’s past research experience, focused on marine ecosystems, past and present. The backbone of his research has been ecosystem functioning – determining drivers of marine ecosystems and studying their tropho-dynamics – as evidenced through his publications. For instance, he determined the role of riverine input as a driver of a benthic marine ecosystem and looked at seasonal changes in demersal food-webs, using techniques such as stable isotopes. He also looked at the anthropogenic input of heavy metals into the environment. Other research highlights include studying the international transport of zooplankton and organic matter via eddies, and ecosystem functioning and community ecology in diverse habitats, e.g. sandy beaches and marine lagoons. In addition, he has conducted interdisciplinary work with geologists, elucidating environmental changes in marine embayments, and with economists, examining issues related to sustainable management and exploitation. He regularly collaborates with marine researchers and practitioners from a wide-variety of fields, and is always looking for new collaborations!
Ander joined the University of Seychelles in September 2017 as a Lecturer in the Environment Department and a research member of BERI. Originally from Spain, he has spent much of his adult life abroad. He first studied in Scotland (BSc (Hons.) and MSc) and later South Africa (Ph.D. and Post-doc experience), where he gained research and lecturing experience. While in Seychelles, his research will focus on sustainable aquaculture practices, including studying possible low trophic level local species, the impacts from newly proposed aquaculture ventures in Seychelles, mitigation efforts to minimise such impacts, multi-trophic aquaculture systems, and aquaponics, to name a few. Other research interests include trophic studies, microplastics in the marine environment and biogeochemical cycling in mangroves and sea grass.