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Team members


Sachi KaushikSachi Kaushik

Dr Sadasivam (Sachi) Kaushik, was Director of Research in INRA, France. Has been involved in Fish Nutrition research since more than three decades and is the founder-director of Fish Nutrition Laboratory of INRA, joint-research units and also the Hydrobiology station of INRA . He is currently coordinating an EU FP7 project ARRAINA, dedicated towards the development of sustainable alternative aquaculture feeds tailored to the nutritional requirements of European farmed fish species, over their respective full life cycles,  with reduced levels of fish meal (FM) and fish oil (FO) and to assess the long term physiological consequences by applying targeted predictive tools applicable to multiple species of European farmed fish. Deeply committed to aquaculture nutrition and involved in a large number of research projects, has a very strong publication record and extensive knowledge of aquaculture issues around the world.  He has also been closely involved with the aquaculture industry and is the current President of the European Aquaculture Society. Sachi Kaushik holds the ERA Chair position within the Ecoaqua project hosted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In order to raise the level of research excellence of the team and the institution the Chair is involved in:

  • The development and management of the EcoAqua project, providing advice, support and expertise in sustainable aquaculture.
  • Strengthening the research groups by instigating novel approaches focusing on sustainable aquaculture development.
  • Management and monitoring of the project's activities and results in accordance with the EU.
  • Communication actions with staff, stakeholders, authorities, private sector and the European Commission.
  • Participation in international conferences and workshops, and advocating with policy makers and administration.
  • Strengthening institutional and technical links between the ULPGC and the ORs and OCTs.
  • Fostering European Marine Policy for Sustainable Aquaculture development applying an Ecosystem Approach.


Ricardo Haroun TabraueRicardo Haroun Tabraue

Prof. Ricardo Haroun Tabraue, is a Marine Biologist, an expert in Systematics and interested in the Sustainable Uses and Conservation of Marine Biota. After his Masters in Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tokyo University of Fisheries and his Ph.D. on Biological Sciences from La Laguna University,  he is Professor in  the Biology Department of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 1990. Has to his credit  more than 100 scientific publications: articles and book chapters related to marine plants, ecological processes and sustainable use of marine resources, including one book on marine plants of the Canary Islands. Expert of IUCN of the Ecosystem-based Aquaculture Group, expert for the Canarian Regional Government on Convention of Biological Diversity, PoW on Island Biodiversity. Currently working on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Assessment of Coastal Ecosystems in the Canarian Archipelago and nearby coastal areas. Scientific Director of 5 Interreg Projects on Sustainable Use of Coastal Resources in the Macaronesian archipelagos. At present, actively working on climate change and its effects on benthic communities (ECOLIFE), aquaculture and environment interactions (Prevent Escapes), ecological services of marine communities (i.e., seagrass meadows) and the effects of marine alien species.


Marisol Izquierdo LópezMarisol Izquierdo López

Prof. M. Izquierdo's major field of expertise is larval and broodstock nutrition. She is presently the Head of Aquaculture Research of the University of  Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC),  Director of the Aquaculture research Group (GIA), and the president of the Fish Subcommittee of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. She has published more than 120 publications in ISI journals. Member of different scientific committees, she has been involved in the organisation of more than 15 international scientific symposiua and cooperates in the Editorial Board of several Scientific Publications. She has coordinated or taken part in more than 40 national and international research projects.


Gercende Courtois de VicoseGercende Courtois de Vicose

Gercende Courtois de Viçose is an aquaculture expert specialised in molluscs and invertebrates studies. With  a PhD in Biology, she has developed over the last 15 years an international scientific career in aquaculture and marine biology and ecology. Her main research areas are larval development and settlement, hatchery and nursery technologies as well as sustainable aquaculture techniques and reseeding programs for marine rehabilitation programs. She has a wide expertise with on site operations, research experimental techniques, implementation of research and consulting projects in aquaculture as well as post-graduate education and training. She has  extensive experience  in writing national and international grant proposals, in project coordination and management as well as in the design and set up of marine experimental infrastructures. She has presented research results in international symposiums and published papers in international peer reviewed journals and acts as a referee in various aquatic science journals and as a member of evaluation panels of scientific projects.


Juan Manuel Afonso LópezJuan Manuel Afonso López

Dr. Juan Manuel Afonso López, is director of Scientific Policy of ULPGC since  2007. From this role he has a wide expertise in management, organizing different annual calls of ULPGC, including human resourcesespecially dealing with hiring contracts for post-grads, post-docs,or technical personnel. He also has a wide experience in dealing with institutional research projects for different calls (INNPLANTA, INNOCAMPUS, INNFLUYE, INNCORPORA, RAMÓN y CAJA, JUAN DE LA CIERVA, INFRASTRUCTURE), and as partner of European projects (FAIR, RAFOA, AQUAFIRST, AQUAEXCEL, ARRAINA, DIVERSIFY). He also has an extensive experience in quantitative and molecular genetics of marine species.


Francisco Otero-FerrerFrancisco Otero-Ferrer

Francisco Otero-Ferrer obtained his PhD in Science of the Sea with the University of Las Palmas in 2012. During his PhD, he combined Ecology and Aquaculture methods to study the seahorse populations in Gran Canaria Island (Spain), their reproduction biology and a pilot scale program for their reintroduction in the wild. During his professional life, he has long been involved through research and professional activities in multidisciplinary sectors (aquaculture, technical diving and aquariums) in various European countries (United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal), always related to environmental management and marine sciences. Thus he worked for regional environmental department in Spain and for the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco during six years. He has also obtained funds from various European networks (ASSEMBLE and AQUAEXCEL) to develop studies on seahorse ecology and reproduction, collaborating in different international, national and regional projects.  He has experience in teaching and training technical and post-graduate students and also is author of scientific papers in fish ecology, reproduction, epigenetics and marine conservation.


Hyun Suk Shin

Hyun Suk Shin is a postdoctoral researcher specialised in Genetic Improvement in Aquaculture. During her Ph. D program, she specialised in fish molecular biology and endocrinological mechanisms influenced by various environmental factors. She developed her research more specifically on, fish hormone and gene expression changes linked to stress, immune system, reproduction and circadian rhythm modifications according to specific environmental changes such as water temperature and pollutants. Thus, she was involved in numerous publications using various fish species and invertebrates. She also has participated to studies on molecular genetics and deformities for gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata), which is a very important species in Europe.



Andrej Abramić

Andrej Abramić studied at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he obtained his Civil engineering and Master of Hydraulics Engineering Diploma. He developed the PhD in Hydraulics & Environmental Engineering studies at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, where he finally read his PhD thesis in 2011.
During the last 15 years, he gained international working experience in the private and public research sector, working at universities (Universidade Estadual De Campinas, Brasil; Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain), institutes (Instituto de Ingeniería del Agua y Medioambiente, Spain, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Italy) and at the European Commission as a scientific policy officer in the Joint Research Centre. Currently, he has a post-doc position as member of the Ecoaqua research team, working at its Institute located in the Scientific and Technological Marine Park from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
He has a broad experience working in different research fields, including topics as coastal and marine waters monitoring, coastal environmental issues and pollution, (spatial) data management, spatial data modeling, applied statistics, spatial data standardization/harmonization, information systems, marine/maritime spatial planning, common European policies related to the marine environment and data information sharing.


Natalia Carqué Alamo

Natalia Carqué Alamo is a Technician in Administrative Management and has participated in the administrative management of regional, national and European projects during the last 11 years performing: financial, legal and administrative tasks, management of funds allocated to the research activities, verifing and controling expenses of the research projects.  She has also participated in: human resources management, meetings organization and coordination and communication actions. She also has expertise in drafting research team progress reports facilitating information to scientific- technical team and articulating administrative actions between the management teams of the research projects.



Tatiana Kalinowski

More than 15 years working in the aquaculture sector, for both academia and industry, dealing with all the stages of aquaculture productive cycle. Her main research interest is the identification of bioactives that may improve quality, health and welfare of aquaculture species. A research field she began with her PhD focusing on carotenoids. She finds functional feeds a challenge and key issue for sustainable aquaculture, since a significant part of aquaculture sustainability relies on the feed industry. She has actively participated in several national and international projects, dealing with coordination and management. She has a wide experience in knowledge dissemination, teaching and training technical and post-graduate students, as well as communicating findings to both research and industry audiences.


Tony Sánchez Déniz

Tony Sánchez Déniz was trained in the Technical-Maritime branch in 1998. During his professional life, always linked to the sea, he has sailed in the Merchant Navy asa Bridge Officer in different sectors including fishing. His passion for the marine world with 29 years of experience, allowed him to become professionally trained in underwate activities. Since 2003 he has been performing logistics functions (Skipper, diving and maintenance of sampling equipment of the Diving Unit of the Bioges-ULPGC group and in the present Biocon-ULPGC providing project technical support to the University Researchers and students in Doctoral training.