My research focuses on the characterization of marine benthic ecosystems using new genetic techniques such as Metabarcoding. This approximation is carried out at two levels: at the community level, analyzing the composition of species, and at the population level within the same species. This allows us to find population patterns of hundreds of species at the same time, which can lead to validating or proposing new hypotheses that explain the present spatial distribution of species.
In addition, these tools allow us perform a large-scale characterization and find those strategic areas to understand how climate change affects these communities. Since these approximations are very recent, it is necessary to create new computer programs to analyze these data. Some of my research is also focused on programming and optimizing these bioinformatics processes.