Ignacio Peralta-Maraver is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Ecology of the University of Granada (UGR). His PhD studies were funded by a received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie pre-doctoral fellowship between 2015 and 2018. During this period, he developed interdisciplinary research on freshwater ecosystems at the interface of hydrology, ecology, microbiology, engineering, environmental science and modelling. He carried out his predoctoral research on horseback between the University of Roehampton (London, UK), the University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK), the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Berlin, Germany), the Federal University of Santa-Catarina (Santa-Catarina, Brazil), and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). Ignacio obtained his PhD in 2018 in the University of Roehampton and continued his research in the United Kingdom with a postdoctoral Newton Fund fellowship. Between 2019 and 2021, he obtained a position as Associate Lecturer in the University of Roehampton.
Ignacio develops the part of his actual research on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in freshwater ecosystems. Within this line, he studies the effects of biotic diversity (e.g. species richness) on an array of ecosystem processes (e.g. secondary production, nutrient cycling) and how the environment and anthropic stressors, such as emerging organic contamination, impact these relationships. He is also interested in Food Web Ecology of aquatic ecosystems in tropical and temperate regions. Recently, the Metabolic Theory of Ecology and the Ecophysiology of Thermal Tolerance have become in the core of his research linking individual-level metabolism to the community- and ecosystem-level dynamics, and predicting global responses of organisms to climate change.
After 6 years abroad, Ignacio returned to Spain in 2021 with a contract Juan de la Cierva. He works within the research group of Prof. Isabel Reche and also supports teaching activities within the Department of Ecology (UGR).