Teresa Navarrete Fernández

I studied a degree in Biology at the University of Granada (2013), and a master's degree in compulsory secondary education (2018) at the University of Cádiz. From 2013 to 2016, I worked as a Research Assistant at the WietersLab (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile), in algae ecology projects in continental Chile, and corals ecology in Rapanui (Easter Island). During this time my work consisted mainly on sampling intertidal and subtidal zones, samples processing, design and development of field and laboratory experiments, data analysis and discussion of results.
At the same time, with the idea of showing the work that the scientists did in our research center to the small town where we were, I designed a project of local scope for which I obtained independent funding. During this project, I mentored a teacher and a group of school-age students and guided them in identifying a socio-environmental problem, and using scientific methods to help reduce unsustainable algae harvesting practices. The problem was very close to the students, which motivated them to seek a solution. The project gained momentum and helped a local shellfisher women union to develop a new product, more efficient (in terms of economic gain and damage to natural kelp forests). This solution motivated these women to organize, apply for, and win their own Global Green Grant Fund, to develop alternative products that further support sustainable kelp harvesting practices. Actually, I am a doctoral student in the marine resources program at the Campus of International Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR) of the University of Cádiz within the MIDaS project “Inputs, distribution and storage of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea''. Within this project, in my thesis we evaluate the load and distribution patterns of plastic waste in sediments of the Mediterranean coast, and the role of Posidonia oceanica meadows as accumulators of plastics.