Universidad de Jaén
Raquel Jiménez-Melero is assistant teacher in the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology of the University of Jaén (Spain) and member of the research team called "Ecology and Biodiversity of Aquatic Systems". Her aim of study are the wetlands in general and the zooplankton in particular. In order to understanding as these ecoystems are going to face the global change, she studies as the zooplankton communities respond to the environmental variables and the contaminants. She combines her love for the Ecology with her passion for the environmental education and the science popularization. As mother of two small children, she is aware of it is becoming more urgently required that Ecology scientists go out of their labs and offices and explain to the society the serious environmental consequences of Humanity behavior.
The research team to which Dr. Jiménez-Melero belongs focuses its interest in the study of small ponds and wetlands. They study their conservation state, their main threats and their biodiversity. Moreover, they analyse the effect of pesticides on plankton and anfibians. In this context, Raquel Jiménez-Melero is especialiced in the study of population dynamics of zooplankton. In addition, the team perform activities of environmental education and science popularization.