The research group in November 2014, Barceloneta Beach

left to right, up: Catarina PP Martins, Elisabeth Cuesta-Torralvo, Laura Roig, Érica AG Vidal, Roger Villanueva, Pilar Sánchez, Fernando A Fernández-Álvarez; down: Georgina Valls, Daniel Quintana, Jose V Miravel.





Roger Villanueva  (PI of the project Calocean)

I obtained my PhD degree in biology from the University of Barcelona in 1992. During this period I studied the taxonomy and life cycles of cephalopods from the Benguela Current boarding on fishing vessels for varying periods totaling more than a year. This was when my interest in the sea began and my curiosity about this group of molluscs arose.

Back then I always worked with dead animals collected mainly from bottom trawlers. Thus, aiming to observe live cephalopods and to known their biology and behaviour from controlled laboratory conditions I conducted my postdoctoral studies at the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls (1992-94) in collaboration with Dr Sigurd v. Boletzky. Here was where my interest toward understanding the biology of the embryos and larvae of cephalopods started, as from the first day I saw thousands of tiny octopus hatchlings swimming in a tank. This subject is my main research interest until now, trying to identify how environmental factors influence the early life of cephalopods. Since 2001 I am tenured scientist at the Institut de Ciències del Mar.

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Elisabeth Cuesta (Student)

I studied Biology at the University of Barcelona. I am interested in enhancing my understanding and knowledge of different fields of Animal Biology. For that reason, I am glad to be member of the CALOCEAN project. This is such a great opportunity and I hope I can learn a lot.

Moreover, I am researching in the Department of Animal Biology of the University of Barcelona (Unit of Anthropology) since 2012, where I developed my Final Degree Project.




Fernando A. Fernández-Álvarez (PhD Student)

I studied Biology in the University of Oviedo (2006-2011). In 2012, I obtained my Master´s Degree on the Autonomous University of Madrid. During both periods I developed several research activities which dealt with Morphology, Taxonomy and Molecular Systematics of several groups of marine and terrestrial invertebrates (nemerteans, polychaetes, flatworms, harvestmen and beetles). In addition, the nature´s outreach is one of my main hobbies.

I am interested in how the development and life cycle of marine invertebrates interact with their biological and evolutionary characteristics, and how this contributes to speciation events. One of the most stunning phases of the life cycle of cephalopods is the paralarvae, since it has important consequences in survival, dispersal and distribution of each species. Thus, paralarvae of the family ommastrephidae are the focal organisms in my PhD. ( profile with my full publication list and a regularly updated version of my CV). (Research Gate profile).




Stefanie Keller (Visiting Scientist)

I studied biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. After my studies, I became a fellow of the GAME program of the IFM-Geomar (Kiel) and within this context conducted my diploma thesis in Tasmania, Australia, at UTAS. Then I worked at Senckenberg Wilhemshaven coordinating "CeDAMar", a "Census of Marine Life" project. After this exciting period ended with the end of the Census in 2010, I moved to Spain to do my PhD here. As I am very interested in Cephalopods I came to Roger a few months ago to learn about their aquaculture and artificial fertilization.

Update: Since summer 2012 I am doing my PhD on mediterranean cephalopods at the IEO /COB in Palma de Mallorca.



Catarina P.P. Martins (Master student)

I studied Biology at the University of Barcelona from where I graduated in 2015. In 2014, I joined the CALOCEAN project for my bachelor’s Final Project where I was given the incredible opportunity to study and work with live squid hatchings. As a result, I developed an ever-growing interest and wonder for the early life stages of cephalopods and their biology. Still exploring and learning more about these animals, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree also at the University of Barcelona and developing my master’s Final Project investigating the potential predators of cuttlefish eggs.



Jose V. Mirabel (Master student)

Research subject: Maternal effects in Illex coindetii eggs and hatchlings

I’m Jose Vicente, I’m a master degree student from the University of Barcelona interested in marine environmental and cephalopods are a subject that I like long. I hope to learn as much as possible with this project and understand a little more about their early life. I will try to continue studying cephalopods in the future, it would be great.