The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Anaïs is based at AZTI Tecnalia (Basque Country, Spain).

Project Title & Synopsis: ‘Development and application of molecular methods for the early detection of marine Aquatic Invasive Species’

As the shipping activities are still increasing dramatically, ballast water has become a worldwide pathway of biological invasion. This PhD proposal uses molecular methods as metabarcoding to explore further the diversity of ballast communities by finding scarce species which can be overlooked easily with the visual identification, and so, getting better insights of potential invasive species. The PhD purpose is also to work on the gap between research and management of ballast water by contributing to promote a standardized and reproducible metabarcoding approach which could be implemented in ballast water management.

Supervisor(s): Dr Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta & Dr Oihane Cabezas Basurko

Biography: Since high school, I have deep interests in exploring the diversity of terrestrial and marine biota and in protecting our environment. During my two master internships, I discovered population genetic applied to marine mammal’s conservation. These projects captivate me and I decide to pursue in research linking genetic to environmental monitoring.

Publications ( author / co-author):

  • Scientific abstracts from the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference – Rey A., Ba O., Mullie W., Waerebeek KV., Jung JL., Wagne MM., Samba A., Bilal O., Sidaty ZAO., Jezequel MD., Marret F., 2015. DNA barcoding and cetacean species identification along the Mauritanian coast, including the spectacular identification of a Balaenoptera omurai specimen. Génome, 58(5) : 271.

Undergraduate/postgraduate degree: 

  • M.Sc (2013-2015) Oceanography and Marine Environments Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France. Specialty Research in coastal ecosystem management and conservation
  • B.Sc (2010-2013) Biology of organisms, populations and ecosystems Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
  • 3rd  year of the B.Sc (2012-2013) with the Exchange program Erasmus Oulu University, Oulu, Finland : Ecology of the arctic ecosystem, fauna and flora taxonomy identification and wildlife management