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Paula Arribas Blazquez

Dr Paula Arribas Blazquez

Dr Paula Arribas Blazquez

Research Fellow

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Metagenomics to study the unknown diversity of endogeic soil communities

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Organisation: Imperial College London

Dates: Jan 2014-Dec 2015

Value: £99,000

Summary: I am very interested in the study of the mechanisms involved in generating biodiversity and its distribution in space and time, and also in the use of all this information with conservational purposes. To deal with these general topics I am applying multidisciplinary and integrated approaches on several groups of invertebrates, mainly beetles and other arthropods like mites and springtails. Currently I am using the huge potential offered by the Next Generation Sequencing techniques to unveil the diversity of the hidden communities of arthropods living in the soil, and to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes shaping them. I am mainly working in two parallel research lines. Firstly, I am exploring the broad scale drivers of soil mesofauna, to estimate the real taxonomical and phylogenetic diversity in the European soils and the effect of the last Quaternary glaciations on these communities. Second, focus on some highly specialised deep soil lineages, I am studying the process of diversification and adaption to this singular and unknown environment. Overall, I try to disclose and understand the broad diversity under our feet and highlight the urgency in the protection and sustainable management of our soils.

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