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About me

Candela Marco-Méndez (San Sebastián, 1982) graduated in Marine Sciences at the University of Vigo (2007). She has a MSc in Mediterranean Ecosystems Analysis (2008-2009) and a PhD in Marine Sciences and Applied Biology (2009-2015) at the University of Alicante. During this time, she has collaborated and made several stays at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Alabama, USA) with Kenneth Heck and Just Cebrián. At present, she works in the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB) with Miguel Ángel Mateo at the Group of Aquatic Macrophyte Ecology (GAME). Her lines of research are related to marine ecology, herbivory, marine biology, anthropogenic impacts on mediterranean seagrass beds (Posidonia oceanica, Cymodocea nodosa) and Gulf of Mexico (Thalassia testudinum, Halodule wrightii and other species), tropicalization, blue carbon, paleoecology and climate change.


Diving, hiking, cycling, the sea, nature. Any outdoor activity with the company of my puppy Mero. Travel and explore the oceans. Music, cinema, reading, playing the guitar, practice some sport…

Scientific interests

Marine ecology, herbivory, tropicalization and climate change.



Marco-Méndez, C., Ferrero-Vicente, L. M., Prado, P., Sánchez-Lizaso, J. L. (2017). Epiphytes and nutrient contents influence Sarpa salpa herbivory on Caulerpa spp vs. seagrass species in Mediterranean meadows. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Volume 184 – 5, pp. 54 – 66.

Marco-Méndez, C; Wessel, C; Scheffel, W; Ferrero-Vicente, L. M.; Fernández-Torquemada, Y.; Cebrián, J; Heck, K. L.; Sánchez-Lizaso, J. L. (2016). Lack of Impact of Posidonia oceanica Leaf Nutrient Enrichment on Sarpa salpa Herbivory: Additional Evidence for the Generalist Consumer Behavior of This Cornerstone Mediterranean Herbivore. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168398

Marco-Méndez, C.; et al. (2015). Seasonal effects of waterfowl grazing on submerged macrophytes: The role of flowers. Aquatic Botany, 120, 275-282.

Marco-Méndez, C; et al. (2015). Epiphyte presence and seagrass species identity influence rates of herbivory in Mediterranean seagrass meadows. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 154(9): 94-101.