Buenos hábitos de lectura para la carrera científica — Salud, cosmonautas:

La actividad científica es una tarea colectiva que requiere una comunicación fluida entre investigadores. En la actualidad, esa comunicación se hace a través de las publicaciones científicas, bien en forma de artículos técnicos en revistas especializadas, bien en forma de libros. Dado que hay muchísimos científicos, leer todo lo que se publica, incluso en un […]

a través de Buenos hábitos de lectura para la carrera científica — Salud, cosmonautas:

PhD Fellowship on alien species in terrestrial ecosystems of the Antarctic – M. A. Olalla, URJC

We offer a 4-years PhD thesis contract associated to the research project ANTECO (CGL2017-89820-P) on “Biogeography and ecophysiology in native and non-native micro-arthropods in Antarctic environments: a multi-scale approach”, funded by Spanish Research Agency.

We are looking for a highly motivated graduate student, able to work independently and to actively interact with an international research team. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Miguel Ángel Olalla Tárraga (P.I.) and will be based at Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain). She/he should be proficient in English (both oral and written) and show a good academic record. Ideally, candidates should hold an MSc Degree in Ecology, Biogeography or related disciplines and have research interests on biological invasions, microarthropods and Antarctic terrestrial ecology. A record of previous experience publishing scientific papers will be highly valuable. Annual Gross Salary will be 16.422 € plus full Social Security Benefits.

Interested candidates should email a motivation letter and CV to Miguel Á. Olalla Tárraga (miguel.olalla@urjc.es)

Project Summary

Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems are especially vulnerable to biological invasion processes in a context of global change that entails a higher degree of human accessibility at the local level and increased temperatures, availability of liquid water and ice-free areas. Habitat availability and the absence of certain ecological functions in these ecosystems involve that profound changes are expected in their structure and functioning under colonisation by non-native species. Although the number of non-native species documented in Antarctica has increased in recent years, there is a lack of knowledge regarding their geographical distribution, expansion capacities and possible negative interactions on native biotas. Specifically, physiological mechanisms of survival in non-native springtail species at Antarctic latitudes have been poorly documented. Previous findings on sub-Antarctic islands suggest that indigenous species exhibit much lower supercooling points than non-native ones, while the pattern reverses in the case of upper lethal temperatures. In addition, non-native species have faster development times under higher temperatures. This supports the hypothesis that invasives would be favored in climate warming scenarios. ANTECO will use a multi-scale approach to study the environmental responses in native and non-native springtails in Antarctica at micro- and macroclimatic levels. A set of ecophysiological analyses is proposed to estimate lethal thermal tolerance limits (upper and lower) using experimental manipulation protocols. The relationship between thermal tolerance limits and distributional range boundaries over biogeographical scales will also be studied. We will continue the intense sampling activity of the research team in recent years, suggesting field campaigns to obtain soil samples and characterize the edaphic fauna in biogeographic regions of Maritime and Continental Antarctica that remain less explored. From an applied point of view, the results obtained will be essential for the management of Antarctic enclaves and the preparation of documents to be presented at the annual consultative meetings of the Antarctic Treaty.

Becas para Másteres Universitarios 2018 – 2019

El próximo lunes 15 de octubre finalizará el plazo para presentar la solicitud para optar a las “Becas para la realización de Másteres Universitarios curso 2018-2019” del Consejo Social de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. La convocatoria está disponible en la página web de la Universidad:


Para cualquier consulta el teléfono de contacto es 914887628 y el correo electrónico consejosocial@urjc.es


Charlas de Contaminación Ambiental y Biodiversidad abiertas a todos

Tenemos dos charlas esta semana en la asignatura de Contaminación Ambiental y Biodiversidad (Máster Oficial en Caracterización de la Biodiversidad y Ecología) que quizás os interesen:

Martes 9 de 18:00-20:00 Evaluación del Riesgo Ambiental. Dr. José Luis Rodríguez Gil. Universidad de Ottawa.

Jueves 11 de 18:00-20:00 Biorremediación. Dra. Carmen Lobo. IMIDRA

Os esperamos en el aula 270 del Edificio Departamental II del Campus de Móstoles. Seréis bienvenidos hasta completar aforo. Es un aula pequeñita, así que, si os apetece venir y tenéis dudas podéis escribirme a myriam.catala@urjc.es.



Curso “Autophagy: Research Behind the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine”

Este curso ofrecido en la plataforma edX por el Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) nos ayudará a ampliar nuestros conocimientos sobre la autofagia. Está impartido por Yoshinori Ohsumi, premio Nobel en 2016 por sus investigaciones sobre la autofagia.

Es de acceso gratuito y está en inglés. ¡No te lo pierdas!

Enlace al curso: https://bit.ly/2xUfwVV