Raúl Acosta Rivas
Research group: Surface Hydrology and Erosion
PhD in Biology based at the IDAEA-CSIC, hired to implement specific activities related with the BIOACUANA and CONACAN projects. He is particularly interested in the taxonomy and ecology of streams macroinvertebrates and how the climate change affects its biodiversity conservation. Previously, he worked in high mountain streams in the Pyrenees and Andes. Also, he has experience in the biomonitoring of aquatic habitats using benthic macroinvertebrates.
He is member of the Freshwater Ecology, Hydrology and Management (FEHM-Lab) research group at the University of Barcelona. Currently, in addition to BIOACUANA and CONACAN projects, he participates in the GLOBIOS project (“Global observatory network for freshwater biodiversity in high mountain streams”), an ERANET-Lac project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Also, he is part of the work team in the Digit_Artro Project (“Towards conservation of Iberian arthropods using digital tools”). Previously, he has worked in the BIQURA (“Genetic and morphological biodiversity of the Chironomids of the High Andean rivers: Influence of the latitude and altitude “) and CERA (“Ecological Quality of the High Andean Rivers”) projects. In the framework of the last project, he developed tools for evaluate the ecological quality of the high mountain streams in the Andes using benthic macroinvertebrates.