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Astrid Mejia

a.mejiaObtained a Bachelor degree in Marine Sciences at the Latin American Campus of the University of Mobile, Alabama, US (1999). Thesis: Environmental Implications of Shellfish Aquaculture in Mangrove forests in Nicaragua, Central America.
Graduated from the Joint European Masters in Water and Coastal Management at the University of Plymouth, UK and conducted her thesis at the University of Algarve, Portugal “Determining the Water Consumption pattern of the Tourism Sector in Southern Europe” (2007- 2009).
She worked in the management of marine protected areas in Honduras. She also collaborated with the research group of 'Marine Plant Ecology' at the University of the Algarve evaluating the invasion of macroalgae on seagrass meadows in Ria Formosa Lagoon (Faro, Portugal).
PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata". The PhD project concerns the study of the structure and alteration of microbial community associated with seagrasses in relation to environmental changes. In particular, I study the communities associated with Cymodocea nodosa and Halophila stipulacea in response to the increase of nutrients (N, eutrophication) and/or CO2 (as in acidification and global warming processes).
She collaborates with the activities of the Microbiology lab. She is also involved in the educational activities carried out by the laboratories of Ecotoxicology and Microbiology.