Aquatic Ecology







Cayetano Gutiérrez Cánovas

PhD Student

Dept. Ecology & Hidrology (UMU)


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- PhD thesis (in preparation): The effect of natural and anthropogenic stressors on the structure and function of fluvial ecosystems, Universidad de Murcia (Spain). Supervisors: Dr. A. Millán ( and Dr. J. Velasco (
- MS Biodiversity: conservation and management of species and habitats, Universidad de Alicante, CIBIO, 2007.
- BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, Universidad de Murcia, 2005.

Research interest:
- Naturally stressed ecosystems (saline and temporal streams)
- Macroecology of aquatic macroinvertebrates
- Ecosystem functioning
- Trophic structure and food webs
- Conservation and management of naturally stressed ecosystems

Main research stays:
- Dipartimento di Scienze Botaniche, Università degli studi di Palermo (Italia). 2009. 3 months. Supervisor: Luigi Naselli-Flores
- Catchment Research Group, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (UK). 2010. 3 months. Supervisor: Steve J. Ormerod.
- Freshwater Ecology and Management Group, Departament de Ecologia, Facultat de Biologia, Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). 2011. 4 months. Supervisor: Núria Bonada.

Selected publications (last updated February 2014):

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CAÑEDO-ARGÜELLES, M.; BUNDSCHUH, M.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; KEFFORD, B.J.; PRAT, N.; TROBAJO, R & SCHÄFERH, R.B. 2014. Effects of repeated salt pulses on ecosystem structure and functions in a stream mesocosm. Science of The Total Environment, 476-477: 634-642. Link

BELMAR, O.; VELASCO, J.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; MELLADO, A., MILLÁN, A & WOOD, P.J. 2013. The role of natural flow regimes on macroinvertebrate assemblages in a semiarid Mediterranean basin. Ecohydrology, 6(3) 363-379. Link

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; MILLÁN, A; VELASCO, J.; VAUGHAN, I.P. & ORMEROD, S.J. Contrasting effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on beta-diversity in river organisms. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22(7): 796-805. Link

GUARESCHI, S.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; PICAZO, F.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P.; VELASCO, J. & MILLÁN, A. 2012. Aquatic macroinvertebrate biodiversity: patterns and surrogates in mountainous Spanish national parks. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 22(5): 598-615. Link

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; HERNÁNDEZ, J.; VELASCO, J. & A. MILLÁN. 2012. Impact of chronic and pulse dilution disturbances on metabolism and trophic structure in a saline Mediterranean stream. Hydrobiologia, 686(1): 225-239. Link

CARBONELL, J. A., GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C., BRUNO, D., ABELLÁN, VELASCO, J. & MILLÁN, A. 2011. Ecological factors determining the distribution and assemblages of the aquatic hemiptera (Gerromorpha & Nepomorpha) in the Segura river basin (Spain). Limnetica, 30(1): 59-70. PDF

MILLÁN, A.; VELASCO, J.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; ARRIBAS, P.; PICAZO, F; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D. & P. ABELLÁN. 2011. Mediterranean saline streams in southeast Spain: What do we know? Journal of Arid Environments, 75: 1352-1359. Link

ARRIBAS, P.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; ABELLÁN, P.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; PICAZO, F.; VELASCO, J. & A. MILLÁN. 2009. Tipificación de los ríos salinos ibéricos. Ecosistemas, 18(3):1-13. PDF

GUTIÉRREZ-PÉREZ, C. & C. GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS. 2009. La actuación frente al cambio climático. & Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo de la Región de Murcia. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-84-8371-827-8. web

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; VELASCO, J. & A. MILLAN. 2009. Effects of dilution stress on the functioning of a saline Mediterranean stream. Hydrobiologia, 619: 119-132. Link

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; VELASCO, J. & A. MILLAN. 2008. SALINDEX: A macroinvertebrate index for assessing the ecological status of saline “ramblas” from SE of the Iberian Peninsula. Limnetica, 27(2): 299-316. PDF

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P.; CAMARERO, F.; ESTEBAN, I.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; RIBERA, I., VELASCO, J. & A. MILLÁN. 2007. Los macroinvertebrados acuáticos de las Salinas de Añana (Álava, España): biodiversidad, vulnerabilidad y especies indicadoras. Boletín Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa, 40: 233−245. PDF

VELASCO, J.; MILLÁN, A.; HERNÁNDEZ, J.; GUTIÉRREZ, C.; SÁNCHEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P. & RUIZ, MAR. 2006. Response of biotic communities to salinity changes in a Mediterranean hypersaline stream. Saline Systems,12 (2):1-15. PDF

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