I have always loved the sea and looking after the marine environment has been my dream since I was a child. I became a SCUBA diver at a very young age and from that moment my passion for the sea increased, so I decided to study marine biology.
Posidonia restoration in Port Stephens
The main objective of my research project consists on using recent innovations in seagrass restoration to revegetate Posidonia australis in Port Stephens. Traditional block and chain boat moorings remove seagrass shots and leave unvegetated patches, causing big damages to meadows. Since the natural recolonisation of mooring scars is very slow and these P. australis meadows are listed under the endangered category from 2015, restoration is very important. The research also aims to involve local communities in order to raise awareness about the social and ecological importance of seagrass and the impacts of traditional moorings.
Elorriaga-Verplancken F R, Ferretto G, Angell O C. 2015. Current status of the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) and the northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at the San Benito Archipelago, Mexico. Ciencias Marinas, 41(4): 269–281.
Amador-Capitanachi M J, Moreno-Sánchez X G, Juárez-Ruiz A, Ferretto G, Elorriaga-Verplancken F R. 2017. Trophic Variation Between the Two Existing Guadalupe Fur Seal Colonies on Guadalupe Island and the San Benito Archipelago, Mexico. Aquatic Mammals, 43(1), 14-25.