Nuria Galiana

PhD student

Environmental scientist

Within the study of ecological complexity, my main research interest is to understand how communities are organized and what are the mechanisms behind their organization, with particular focus on the consequences of organizationfor community persistence. I am particularly interested on exploring community structure across latitudinal an d altitudinal gradients looking for general patterns and differences.

I am currently associated with CREAF and the Institute for Marine Sciences (ICM) and my research focuses on two lines. First, I study geographical gradients in food web structure and the scale-dependent nature of them by analysing an extensive compilation of host-parasitoid networks. Second, I investigate temporal dynamics of a vertebrate food web in order to determine the importance of network structure for community stability, and resistance to biological invasions and climate change.

I received my bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and my Master's degree in Terrestrial Ecology at the Centre of Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) where I worked under the supervision of Dr. Bernat Claramunt. My MSc Thesis focused on the study of biological invasions in complex food webs. An important aspect of this research was the identification of traits that determine a species' invasion success and the understanding of how invasions affect community structure.