Rebeca Zapata Guardiola

Graduate in Biology, with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Management of Coastal Marine Systems and a PhD in Conservation Biology. Her PhD, focused on the diversity and evolution of Antarctic gorgonians, allowed her to participate in several Antarctic campaigns aboard the German ship Polarstern (2007-2008 and 2013-2014). She currently coordinates the science dissemination project «El mar a fons» (“The sea in depth”) of the Institute of Marine Sciences in collaboration with “La Caixa” Foundation (Barcelona, Spain).

Due to the extreme environmental conditions of the Antarctic continental shelf – its distance from other continents, depth, and the weight of the continental ice – it offers us a great opportunity to better understand how a pristine ecosystem would normally be.