Guillem Chust

When did you first find out that you wanted to be scientist? Probably during my firsts random walks across Mediterranean forests, saltmarshes and rocky shores.
Tell us something about your background and main research interests I am an ecologist working in macroecology and climate change impacts in marine and coastal ecosystems. Ph.D. thesis in Ecology from the University of Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France), and at the Ecology department (University of Barcelona, Spain). Postdoc position at Evolution et Diversité Biologique (CNRS/UPS, France) between 2002 and 2004. My incorporation in AZTI-Tecnalia was in 2005 as a senior researcher staff.
What do you like most about your work? To infer ecological processes from global spatial patterns.
What is your role in DEVOTES project? I am responsible of the task on modelling of marine connectivity and biodiversity across regional seas (WP4). We are using existing data from regional seas to assess marine connectivity and biodiversity complementarity within the framework of the neutral theory of biodiversity.
How do you think your work in DEVOTES will contribute to the implementation of the EU marine strategy framework directive? Marine connectivity has been not taken into account explicitly within the defined descriptors of the marine strategy directive. However, our analysis might highlight the importance of barriers and currents in gene flow and community structure, which ultimately affect the resilience of local marine ecosystems
What´s your recommended reading list for someone wanting to know more about marine environment and DEVOTES topic? I recommend the book by Stephen P. Hubbell, a theory that changes my view of biodiversity: Hubbell (2001). A unified neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.