I am a marine scientist with over ten years of international experience in different fields, including Marine Protected Areas, coral reefs, genetics, ecology, deep-sea, climate change and scientific awareness in NGOs, private sector and academia. I am also a member of the Collaborative Leadership Learning Forum, a program designed to identify outstanding individuals from Marine Protected Areas who have shown the promise of leadership. My professional goal is to pursue further challenges in the science-policy-society interface to ensure a sustainable management of marine resources.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Biodiversity and Evolution). 2013 – 2016. CIRSA, University of Bologna, Italy.

Master of Science (Marine biodiversity and Conservation). 2009 – 2011. Erasmus Mundus. University of Ghent, Belgium, University of Oviedo, Spain.

Degree in Biology (specialty animal biology) 2004-2009. University Autonomous of Barcelona, Spain, University of Trieste, Italy.

Professional and research experience

Marine Senior Ecologist, Project leader
January 2017 –January 2018. Charles Darwin Foundation
Seamounts and Subtidal Ecological Monitoring projects at the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).
I leaded the Seamounts deep-sea and the Subtidal Ecological Monitoring projects at the GMR, supervising and mentoring staff, volunteers and master students, in collaboration with many international institutions, stakeholders and principal decision makers in the Galapagos. Among other activities I coordinated the analysis quantitative data and taxonomic samples collected in the deep-sea, consolidated the bathymetry data, evaluated seamounts ecosystem services, organized field campaigns, workshops/trainings, and promoted scientific education and awareness at the GMR.

Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA),
Research Fellow
2013 –2016 (3 years). CIRSA, University of Bologna, Italy
Genetic tools for assessing the connectivity among and between Marine Protected Areas
I assessed the genetic structure and connectivity of marine invertebrates among MPAs at different temporal and spatial scales. I collaborate and followed the management and monitoring activities in the Mediterranean MPAs of Port-Cros, Portofino, Tavolara and Cabo de Palos. I leaded the integration of genetics tools for MPA monitoring.

Coral researcher & marine educator, Project leader
2012-2013 (10 months). SEAMARC, Four Season’s resort, Maldives
Restoration project at Four Season’s resort
I worked as a coral researcher running the restoration project on the island by producing coral frames. I also coordinated and assisted in other projects, such as daily reef monitoring, monitoring and husbandry of sea turtles, training and supervising students, educating local communities and guests.

Doctor of Philosophy (Biodiversity and Evolution). 2013 – 2016. CIRSA, University of Bologna, Italy.

Master of Science (Marine biodiversity and Conservation). 2009 – 2011. Erasmus Mundus. University of Ghent, Belgium, University of Oviedo, Spain.

Degree in Biology (specialty animal biology) 2004-2009. University Autonomous of Barcelona, Spain, University of Trieste, Italy.

Marine Senior Ecologist, Project leader
January 2017 –January 2018. Charles Darwin Foundation
Seamounts and Subtidal Ecological Monitoring projects at the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).

Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA),
Research Fellow
2013 –2016 (3 years). CIRSA, University of Bologna, Italy
Genetic tools for assessing the connectivity among and between Marine Protected Areas

Highlighted scientific papers and theses

P. Marti-Puig, S. Buglass, C. Arnés-Urgellés, M. Creemers, N. A. Raineault, C. Fisher, L. Watling, T. O’Hara, H. Reiswig, G. Rouse, T. M. Shank, M. K. Wicksten, S. Rowley, S. Cairns, B. Ott, L. F Robinson, A. Samperizm, K. Baba, S.M. Griffiths, E. Rastoin, P. Salinas-de-León. Characterizing invertebrate megafauna in seamounts and other deep-sea habitats: New species and records for the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Deep-sea Research (in prep).

Marti Puig, Patricia. Genetic and Morphological Features of Patella Caerulea and Patella Rustica across Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas. PhD Thesis (2016). University of Bologna.

Marti-Puig, Patricia; Forsman, Zac H; Haverkort-Yeh, Roxanne D; Knapp, Ingrid SS; Maragos, James E; Toonen, Robert J. Extreme phenotypic polymorphism in the coral genus Pocillopora; micro- morphology corresponds to mitochondrial groups, while colony morphology does not. Bulletin of Marine Science, Volume 90, Number 1, January 2014, pp. 211-231(21).

Patricia Marti-Puig, Federica Costantini, Luca Rugiu, Massimo Ponti & Marco Abbiati. Patterns of genetic connectivity in invertebrates of temperate MPA networks. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology. Volume 4, Issue 2, November 2013.

A Gori, C Orejas, T Madurell, L Bramanti, M Martins, E Quintanilla, P Marti-Puig, C Lo Iacono, P Puig,S Requena, M Greenacre, J Gili. Bathymetrical distribution and size structure of cold- water coral populations in the Cap de Creus and Lacaze-Duthiers canyons (northwestern Mediterranean). Biogeosciences Discussions Vol 9, 2012/12, p. 19053-19084.

Marti Puig, P. (2011). Genetics and morphology of the genus Pocillopora between the Hawaiian Archipelago and surrounding regions. MSc Thesis. Ghent University: Gent. 71 pp.

Marti Puig, P. (2009). Ichtyofauna diversity and distribution in the Cap de Creus Canyon. Degree thesis. Marine Science Institute of Barcelona.


Policy reports

P. Marti-Puig. Advances on the Seamounts project of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (under research permit PC-51-17). Report for the Galapagos National Park. December 2017.

P. Marti-Puig, A. Calò, M. Ponti , F. Costantini , A. Villamor , M. Abbiati and J. García-Charton, 2016. Guidelines on Genetic connectivity as a tool for assessing the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas. Rapp. Comm. int. Mer Médit., 41 : 548.

Patricia Marti-Puig, Antonio Calò, Federica Costantini, Adriana Villamor, Marco Abbiati, Massimo Ponti, Jose Chartón (2016), pp 80-87. Genetic connectivity and diversity as a tool for assess the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas. In: MMMPA Supervisory Board (Eds) Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas: A set of guidelines to support the development of management plans. Deliverable of the MMMPA European project (FP7- PEOPLE-2011-ITN g.a. no.: 290056). Ancona, 116 pages.


Highlighted workshops and trainings organised

  • Second training of the Mediterranean Leadership Forum – PHASE II. 6-11 April. Palamòs, Spain. UNEP MPA-Network project. WWF Mediterranean and UNEP/EC-MAVA foundation.
  • A training on stakeholder engagement for the WWF team involved in the “Transforming Mediterranean Small Scale Fisheries” Project. 11-15 April. Workshop. Palamòs, Spain. Small Scale Fisheries Project. WWF Mediterranean and UNEP/EC-MAVA foundation.
  • The intergenerational learning workshop. Science faculty, Universidad católica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile. Saturday 9 September. 9-13.00pm.
  • Climate change science and its management at the CMAR region. 26-29 July 2017. Workshop. Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos National Park.
  • Stakeholder enhancement and leadership webinars: Oil & Gas, Tourism and Fishers sectors, Stakeholder enhancement to influence policy, MPA monitoring, Scientific communication. 2016-present. MMMPA-NOAA-WWF.
  • Patricia Marti-Puig. Solving challenges characterizing ecosystem services in the Seamounts deep-sea ecosystems (knowledge cafe). IMPAC4 congress. 4-12 September 2017. La Serena- Coquimbo, Chile.
  • José Marin Jarrin, Patricia Marti-Puig, Johana Carrion, Walter Bustos, Arturo Izurieta. Climate change Impacts in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, with particular emphasis on the Galapagos Marine Reserve (knowledge cafe). IMPAC4 congress. 4-12 September 2017. La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile.
  • Second phase of the leadership development program. July 2017. MMMPA-WWF- NOAA.
  • Patricia Martí Puig. Photography & Marine conservation workshop. Nov 2010-Jan 2011. FotoNatura 2011. Oviedo University, Spain.

Teaching and mentorship

  • Theo Ison (2017). Socio-cultural and Economic Valuation of Seamount Biodiversity in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. Master thesis advisor and committee. University of Edinburg
  • Marie Creemers (2017). First insights into deep-sea sponge diversity patterns: a baseline study for the protection and sustainable management of seamount ecosystems in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. European MSc in Marine and Environmental Resources. Master thesis advisor. University of the Basque country, Spain
  • Mentor of the Second phase of the leadership development program. MMMPA-WWF- NOAA (2017)
  • Master Student and career advisor and teacher. University of Bologna (2013-2016)
  • School, private and on-line teacher (1993-2016)

Reviewer

  • Turkish Journal of zoology
  • Coral Reef Journal (CORE)
  • Reviewer of deep-sea project proposals for the Schmidt Ocean Institute

Comunication and outreach

  • Outreach campaign organizer (2017). Deep-sea and seamounts project. Charles Darwin Foundation.
  • Scientific contribution in press (Galapagos matters, Traveler, Buenavida, El magazine digital)
  • Short animation movie (script and direction): Zoe and her adventures in the Mediterranean Sea (Apr 2015)
  • Blogger, Social networks & websites: National Geographic voices, Spanish Association of Scientific communication, Tumblr, Twitter. Jan 2010 – present

Licenses and certificates

  • Driving licence B
  • Sailing and motor boat license (December 2016)
  • PADI Divemaster (December 2016)
  • PADI Free diver (April 2017)
  • European Scientific Diver (+500 logged dives)
  • First Aid and CPR (June 2017)
  • TOEFL iBT (score of 99, April 2015)

Languages

  • Spanish Native
  • Catalan Proficient, C2
  • English Proficient, C2
  • Italian Proficient, C2
  • French Intermediate, B2

It skills

  • Ecological modeling: Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace
  • Genetics: Geneious Pro, Mega, Quantity One, Genetix, Peak Scanner
  • GIS and Conservation planning: Quantum GIS, Grass GIS, Ocean Data View, Marxan
  • Image edition, Illustration: Photoshop, Illustrator & Image J
  • Mathematics and statistics: MATLAB, “R”, Statistica, PRIMER
  • Office: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Keynote, Numbers
  • Video edition: Final Cut Express HD, imovie HD

Awards and honors

  • 2016 1st prize Grey’s reef Ocean film festival for Zoe and her adventures in the sea.
  • 2012-2015 Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie fellowship). Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme (Call FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN, Grant Agreement no.: 290056).
  • 2009 – 2011 Obra Social la Caixa scholarship. Master in Erasmus mundus in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation.
  • 2009. INTEGRANTS fellowship. Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida, USA.
  • 2008- 2009 Leonardo da Vinci fellowship. School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor, UK.
  • 2007 ERASMUS scholarship. University of Trieste, Italy.

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