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Mr Carlos Gracida Juarez

Mr Carlos Gracida Juarez

Mr Carlos Gracida Juarez

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Ecology of the Invasive Nile Tilapia on Tropical Habitats.

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Based in the Fish Ecology and Evolution Group at School of Biological Sciences of the University of Bristol. Attending a Doctoral Training Programme and funded by CONACYT, Mexico. I am studying the invasive process of the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) on tropical habitats in Southern Mexico and Tanzania.

In my research, I will be looking at changes in food web structure in habitats where the Nile tilapia has established as invasive and competing with native fish species. This will be useful to compare biological communities composition and interactions in habitats with presence and absence of this fish.
    
It is important to know how the distribution of the Nile tilapia has evolved in the regions of interest and understand its impact on habitats and native species, caused by its dispersion. To achieve this, I will be using Environmental DNA as a reliable technique to assess the invasive process of this fish and acquire quick and helpful answers for management and contingency.

I hope that my work will be useful for policymakers, farmers, and groups interested in the conservation of Aquatic Resources.

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