Position: PhD student in Environmental Physics
Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a mention in Organisms and Systems (University of Girona, 2012-2017
Master in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management (University of Barcelona, 2017-2018)
Course in Marine Biodiversity: expertise in flora (University Pierre et Marie Curie, 2017)
My PhD focuses on the effect of seagrass habitat fragmentation on the local hydrodynamics and sediment capture. As these coastal habitats provide several ecosystem services that attenuate the wave velocities and increase sedimentation. However, in the last decades, seagrass meadows have been suffering from plant loss and as a result, increasing habitat fragmentation. The experiments for my PhD have been carried out in both the field and the laboratory. Dr Teresa Serra and Dr Jordi Colomer supervise my PhD project. A collaboration with Dr Eduardo Infantes from Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Sweeden had been carried out as part of the PhD.
From 2017 to 2019 I had also been involved in a European Project: INNOQUA-Innovative Ecological on-site Sanitation System for Water and Resource Savings, which was focused on finding eco-friendly method for treating wastewater using the crustacean Daphnia magna as a second treatment by studying their filtration under different stressors as temperature, light intensity the presence of typical wastewater chemicals.
- Barcelona, A., Oldham, C., Colomer, J., Serra, T. (2021). Functional dynamics of vegetated model patches: the mínimum patch size effect for canopy restoration. Science of the total Environment, 795, 148854. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148854
- Barcelona, A., Oldham, C., Colomer, J., Garcia-Orellana, J. and Serra, T. (2021). Particle capture by seagrass canopies under an oscillatory flow. Coastal Engineering, 169, 103972. doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2021.103972
- Barcelona, A., Colomer, J., Soler, M., Gracias, N. and Serra, T. (2021). Meadow fragmentation determines Posidonia oceanica density at the edge of nearby gaps. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 249, 107106. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2020.107106.
- From Projects and collaborations out of the PhD:
- Pous, N., Barcelona, A., Sbardella, L., Gili, O., Hidalgo, M., Colomer, J., Serra, T., Salvadó, V. (2021). Vermifilter and zooplankton-based reactor integration as a nature-based system for wastewater treatment and reuse. Case Studies in Chemical Environmental Engineering, 4, 100153. doi: 10.1016/j.cscee.2021.100153
- Magester, S., Barcelona, A., Colomer, J., Serra, T. (2021). Vertical distribution of microplastics in water bodies causes sublethal effects and changes in Daphnia magna swimming behaviour. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 228, 113001. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2021.113001
- Serra, T., Font, E., Soler, M., Barcelona, A., Colomer, J. (2021). Mean residence time of lagoons in shallow vegetated floodplains. Hydrological Processes, 35 (2), e14065. doi: 10.1002/hyp.14065.
- Pous, N., Barcelona, A., Sbardella, L., Hidalgo, M., Colomer, J., Serra, T., Salvadó, V. (2021). Zooplankton-based reactors for tertiary wastewater treatment: A pilot-scale case study. Journal of Environmental Managment, 278, 111538. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111538.
- Serra,T., Müller, M. F., Barcelona, A, Salvadó, V., Pous, N. and Colomer, J. (2019). Optimal light conditions for Daphnia magna. Science of the Total Environment, 686: 151-157. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.482.
- Serra, T., Barcelona, A., Pous, N., Salvadó, V. and Colomer, J. (2020). Synergistic effects of water temperature, microplastics and ammonium as second and third order stressors on Daphnia magna. Environmental Pollution, 267, 115439. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115439.
- Colomer, J., Müller, M. F., Barcelona, A. and Serra, T. (2019). Mediated food and hydrodynamics on the ingestion of microplastics by Daphnia magna. Environmental Pollution. 251: 434-441. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.05.034.
- Barcelona, A., Serra, T. and Colomer, J. (2018). Fragmented canopies control the regimes of gravity current development. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans. 123: 1631-1646. doi: 10.1002/2017JC013145
- Serra, T., Barcelona, A., Soler, M. and Colomer, J. (2018). Daphnia magna filtration efficiency and mobility in laminar to turbulent flows. Science of the Total Environment. 621: 626-633. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.264.