I hold a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Additionally, I obtained a Master's degree in Marine Biology and Aquaculture, as well as a PhD focused on chromosome manipulation for reproductive control in turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), both from the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Over the past years, I have actively contributed to various scientific research projects conducted by different groups at the University of Vigo (Spain), the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (Spain), the Scottish Oceans Institute (UK), and the Spanish National Research Council (Spain).
My professional journey includes predoctoral and postdoctoral research stints in diverse institutions across Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Korea.
I have engaged in multiple oceanographic expeditions, including one where I served as a member of the scientific team during the Spanish Antarctic Campaign aboard the research vessel Hesperides.
A primary objective of my career is to leverage contemporary biological techniques to enhance sustainable aquaculture. My expertise in modern aquaculture spans various species and techniques. I've conducted research on the ecology of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish, and squid), exploring aspects such as reproduction, feeding, growth, behavior, and distribution of these fascinating creatures.
Furthermore, my extensive experience in scientific diving includes participation in research projects in the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, and Mediterranean Sea.
Beyond research, I've undertaken freelance work on marine ecology, scientific diving, and underwater documentaries.
Since 2023, I have held a tenured scientist position at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Furthemore, since 2013, I have been actively involved as a lecturer in the Official Master of Aquaculture, coordinated by the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC).
I have effectively communicated my research findings through participation in conferences and the publication of scientific and non-scientific articles.
Photo credits: all photos on this website are authored by Jorge Hernandez Urcera