Sandra Brucet

Universitat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVic)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I was born in Girona in 1976. I graduated in 1998 and obtained my PhD in Biology in November 2003 at University of Girona. After that I was a postdoc at the University of Oslo (2006) and the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark (2006-2008). From 2009 to 2012, I worked as a research scientist at the European Commission-Joint Research Centre (Italy). In 2012, I was hired  at University of Vic in order to create a new research group on Aquatic ecology. In 2013, I obtained a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship to work at the University of Aarhus (Denmark). I have also been a Visiting Scientist at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. In September 2015 I was appointed ICREA Research professor.

Research interests

A key focus of my research is the response of aquatic ecosystems and their biodiversity to global changes, particularly the combination of climate change with other anthropogenic stressors. My research is holistic including the whole trophic structure. I focus on different aquatic ecosystems and I use complementary approaches (experiments, latitudinal comparisons, theoretical ecology). I conducted research evidencing the negative effects of the combined increased temperature, salinity and drought on the food web and biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems. We showed that warming and the associate changes in the top-down control will benefit small organisms across the food web with negative consequences for ecosystem health. We also found that temperature strongly influences most components of fish taxonomic and functional diversity at macroecological scale, emphasizing its importance in determining aquatic biodiversity.

Selected publications

– Boll T, Levi E, Bezirci G, Ozulug M, Tavsanoglu UN, Cakiroglu AI, Ozcan S, Brucet S, Jeppesen E & Beklioglu M 2016, ‘Fish assemblage and diversity in lakes of western and central Turkey: role of geo-climatic and other environmental variables’, Hydrobiologia, 771, 1, 31 – 44.

– Cañedo-Argüelles M, Hawkins CP, Kefford BJ, Schäfer RB, Dyack BJ, Brucet S, Buchwalter D, Dunlop J, Frör O, Lazorchak J, Coring E,  Fernandez HR, Goodfellow W, González Achem AL, Hatfield-Dodds S, Karimov BK, Mensah P, Olson JR, Piscart C, Prat N, Ponsá S, Schulz C-J & Timpano AJ 2016. “Saving freshwater from salts”. Science, 351, pp 914-916.

– Quintana XD, Egozcue JJ, Martínez-Abella O, López-Flores R, Gascón S, Brucet S, Boix D 2016, ‘Update: A non-parametric method for the measurement of size diversity, with emphasis on data standardization. The measurement of the size evenness’, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.14, 6, 408 – 413.

– Sala M, Faria M, Sarasua I, Barata C, Bonada N, Brucet S, Llenas L, Ponsa S, Prat N, Soares A & Canedo-Arguelles M 2016, ‘Chloride and sulphate toxicity to Hydropsyche exocellata (Trichoptera, Hydropsychidae): Exploring intraspecific variation and sub-lethal endpoints’, Science Of The Total Environment, 566, 1032 – 1041.

– Florencia Gutierrez M, Devercelli M, Brucet S, Lauridsen TL, Sondergaard M & Jeppesen E 2016, ‘Is Recovery of Large-Bodied Zooplankton after Nutrient Loading Reduction Hampered by Climate Warming? A Long-Term Study of Shallow Hypertrophic Lake Sobygaard, Denmark’, Water, 8, 8, 341.

Selected research activities

Project SOS-Fartet: Improvement of conservation status of fartet, an endangered fish species. Funded by Fundación Biodiversidad.

Project DFG: Analysing size-density relationships of aquatic communities in response to strength of predator-prey interactions and resource subsidy.

Member of the Intergovernmental Panel of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)