I am a PhD student working on the diversity and evolution of one ecologically and geologically relevant plankton group, the Radiolaria. I am especially interested in the interactions with their symbionts and the environment, and how this affects to their diversification over time.


2016 (2 months): Internship: Impact of global and local changes in Maerl, red algae. Station Biologique de Roscoff

2015: International Summer School: New challenges for research in biodiversity and ecology of micro- and macro-algae. ECIM, Las Cruces, Chile

2015 (4 Months): Project collaboration: Top-down regulation in freshwater communities suggested from environmental DNA. A case study in mountain stream communities. Oviedo University, Spain.

2015 (6 Months): Master thesis (MSc EMBC+): Long-term changes in low intertidal rocky shore assemblages in the coast of Cape Peñas (North of Spain). Oviedo University, Spain

2013: BioCant 3 expedition (Sarmiento de Gamboa Ocean Research Vessel)



2016: PhD Student in diversity and evolution of geologically relevant marine plankton (Radiolaria). Station Biologique de Roscoff

2015: International MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC+)

        -2014-2015: Pierre and Marie Curie University, France. Station Biologique de Roscoff & Banyuls-sur-Mer

        -2013-2014: Algarve University, Portugal. Gothenburg University, Sweden (Spring school)

 2013: BSc in Biology, Ecology speciality. Oviedo University, Spain

        -2012: ERASMUS. Klaipeda University, Lithuania



Méndez-Sandín, M., Fernández, C., 2016. Changes in the structure and dynamics of marine assemblages dominated by Bifurcaria bifurcata and Cystoseira species over three decades (1977-2007). Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 175, 46–56.