This is me

Currently, I am Assistant Professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). Chek out our awesome work.

My research interests are mostly related to coastal marine ecosystems, comprising a wide range of topics such as, effects of human-driven perturbations, biodiversity, conservation, environmental assessment, etc.

In recent years, I am broadly interested in small and large-scale patterns of coastal diversity to understand the role of species diversity, functional traits and interactions between species in the organization of marine benthic communities.

I also integrate approaches from experimental ecology, functional ecology, behavioral ecology, together with taxonomy and quantitative statistical analysis. From these general research interests, my current themes include:

(i) EDGE effects in FRAGMENTED landscapes

(ii) METApopulations and METAcommunities

(iii) Patterns of BIODIVERSITY, with focus on coastal benthic communities

SCI Papers

This is NOT an exhaustive list, only PEER-REVIEWED articles are shown

*If interested in the pdf of one of the following papers, please contact me through my ResearchGate profile


146. R, Riera &. J. Pausas. 2024. Fire ecology in marine systems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (in press) DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2023.12.001.


145. Geppi, E., R, Riera, I. Colodro & Á. Pérez-Ruzafa. 2023. Small but key to nature conservation: Small packed communities in a small lagoon from a biodiversity hotspot. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 295: 108546 DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2023.108546.

144. Herrera, A., R, Riera & R. Rodríguez. 2023. Alpha species diversity measured by Shannon’s H-index: Some misunderstandings and underexplored traits, and its key role in exploring the trophodynamic stability of dynamic multiscapes. Ecological Indicators, 156: 111118. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoind.2023.111118.

143. Riera, R., F. Torquato, P. Range, R. Ben-Hamadou, P. Möller & V. Tuset. 2023. Are offshore platforms a good candidate to restore functional diversity of reef fish communities in the Arabian Gulf? Regional Studies of Marine Sciences, 66: 103171. DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2023.103171.

142. odríguez, S., r. Riera, R., A. Fonteneau, S. Alonso-Pérez & J.B.D. López-Darias. 2023. 2023.African desert dust influences migrations and fisheries of the Atlantic skipjack-tuna. Atmospheric Environment, 312, 120022. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2023.120022.

141.Riera, R., B.D. Fath, A.M. Herrera & R. Rodríguez. 2023. & A. Urzúa. 2023. Concerns regarding the proposal for an ecological equation of state: an assessment starting from the organic biophysics of ecosystems (OBEC). Ecological Modelling, 484: 110462. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodl.2023.110462.

140. Guzmán-Rivas, F., J. Ortega, S. Mora, P. Barría, R. Riera. & A. Urzúa. 2023.Temporal and inter-individual changes in the integrated biochemical condition of the gonads of female swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from the Southeastern Pacific Ocean. PeerJ 11:e15524 DOI: 107717/peerj.15524.

139.Vasconcelos, J., R. Sousa, J. Ferro, A.R. Pinto, M. Freitas & R. Riera. 2023.Fecundity, an overlooked life-history trait for coastal managemet of commercial molluscs? Frontiers of Marine Science: 10, 1173629. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2023.117362.

138. Palamara, G.M., A. Rozenfeld, C.N. de Santana, J. Klecka, R. Riera., V.M. Eguíluz & C. Melián. 2023. Biodiversity dynamics in landscapes with fluctuating connectivity. Ecography, e06385. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.06385.

137. Vasconcelos, J., J. Ferro, R. Sousa, A.R. Pinto & R. Riera. 2023 Fecundity strategy of the highly exploited limpet Patella ordinaria from an oceanic archipelago. Regional Studies of Marine Science, 60: 102849 DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2023.102849.

136. Riera, R., R. Quesada-Cabrera, A. Martínez & S. Dupont. 2023. Embracing diversity during researcher evaluation in the academic scientific environment. Frontiers in Education, 8: 1098319. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2023.1098319.

135. Escandell-Westcott, A., R. Riera. & N. Hernández-Muñoz. 2023. Posidonia oceanica restoration review: Factors affecting seedlings. Journal of Sea Research, 191: 102337. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2023.102337.


134. .Díaz, C., Sobenes, C., Cruz-Motta, J.J. & R. Riera.. 2022. Settlement experiment of spat using three different collectors in two contrasting coastal sites from Chile (SE Pacific Ocean). Frontiers in Marine Science, 9: 1068305 DOI: 10.1007/s13131-022-2052-y.

133. Laukaityte, S., & R. Riera. 2022. The status of research and utilisation on the subtidal kelp along the Chilean coast: a literature review. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 41(12): 1-11.

132. Escánez, A., Á. Guerra, R. Riera, A. Ariza, A.F. González & Aguilar-de-Soto, N. 2022. New contribution to the knowledge of the mesopelagic cephalopod community off the western Canary Islands slope. Regional Studies of Marine Science 55: 102572.

131. Ribeiro, C., P. Neves, M. Kaufmann, R. Araújo & R. Riera. 2022. A baseline for prioritizing the conservation of the threatened seagrass Cymodocea nodosa in the oceanic archipelago of Madeira, Journal for Nature Conservation 68: 126224.

130. Riera, R. & R. Rodríguez. 2022. What if peer-review process is killing thinking-out-of-the-box science? Frontiers in Marine Science, 9: 924469.

129. Geppi, E. & R. Riera. 2022. Responses of intertidal seaweeds to warming: A 38-year time series shows differences of sizes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 270: 107841.

128. Pinillos, F. & R. Riera. 2022. The influence of boundary habitat continuity on spillover from a Mediterranean marine protected area. Thalassas. 38, 687-696.

127. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, I. Vera-Escalona & R. Riera. 2022. Occurrence of potential human pathogenic bacteria in a harvested intertidal sea snail. Molluscan Research.,42(1): 41-49.

126. Riera, R., R.A. Rodríguez, D. McAfee & S.D. Connell. 2021. COVID-19 lockdown provides clues for better science communication on environmental recovery. Environmental Conservation


125. Vasconcelos, J., D. Caamaño, V.M. Tuset, R. Sousa & Riera, R. 2021. The shell phenotypic variability of the keyhole limpet Fissurella latimarginata: Insights from an experimental approach using a water flow flume. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 87(4):eyab043.

124. Riera, R ., A.M. Herrera & R.A. Rodríguez. 2021. Relationships between ergodic indicators of dispersal intensity, IUCN Red List values, and selected environmental variables in connection with European birds whose foraging and flying behavior is associated to roads and highways. Journal for Nature Conservation, 126083.

123. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, I. Vera-Escalona, A.R. Pinto, S.J. Hawkins, M. Freitas, J. Delgado, J.A. González & R. Riera. 2021. Pleistocene expansion, anthropogenic pressure and ocean currents: Disentangling the past and ongoing evolutionary history of Patella aspera Röding, 1798 in the archipelago of Madeira. Marine Environmental Research, 105485.

122. Vadziutsina, M. & R. Riera. 2021. Artisanal trap fisheries from tropical and subtropical reefs: Targeted species and conservation of fish stocks. Journal of Fisheries and Environment, 45(2): 69-83.

121. Torquato, F., M.H. Omerspahic, P. Range, S.S. Bach, R. Riera & R. Ben-Hamadou. 2021. Epibenthic communities from offshore platforms in the Arabian Gulf are structured by platform age and depth. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 173: 112935.

120. Vasconcelos, J., A. Jurado-Ruzafa, J.L. Otero-Ferrer, A. Lombarte, R. Riera & V. Tuset. 2021. Thinking of fish population discrimination: population average phenotype vs. population phenotypes. Frontiers in Marine Science. 8: 740296.

119. Moreno, J.M., S.E. Solleliet-Ferreira & R. Riera. 2021. Distribution and abundance of coastal elamosbranchs in Tenerife (Canary Islands, NE Atlantic Ocean) with emphasis on the bull ray, Aetomylaeus bovinus. Thalassas.

118. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, I. Vera-Escalona, J. Delgado, M. Freitas, J.A. González & R. Riera. 2021 Major ocean currents may shape the microbiome of the topshell Phorcus sauciatus in the NE Atlantic Ocean. Scientific Reports, 11: 12480.

117. Ibáñez, C., R. Riera, T. Leite, M. Díaz-Santana-Iturrios, R. Rosa & M.C. Pardo-Gandarillas. 2021. Stomach content analysis in cephalopods: past research, current challenges, and future directions. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 31: 505-522.

116. Montecinos, C., C. Álvarez, R. Riera & A. Brante. 2021. Inbreeding vs. outbreeding depression in a marine species with low disperse potential. Marine Ecology.

115. Reis, D.B., A. Shcherbakova, R. Riera , M.V. Martín, P. Domingues, J.P. Andrade, P. Jiménez-Prada, C. Rodríguez, A.V. Sykes & E. Almansa. 2021. Effects of feeding with different live preys on the lipid composition, growth and survival of Octopus vulgaris paralarvae. Aquaculture Research 52(1): 105-116.

114. Escánez, A., Á. Guerra, R. Riera, & F.J. Rocha. 2021. Revised species reveal the Canary Islands as a cephalopod biodiversity hotspot. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 41: 101541.


113. Delgado, J.D. & R. Riera. 2020. Anthropogenic disturbances and conservation of coastal environments in an ocean archipelago. Journal of Integrated Zone Management 20(4): 249-264.

112. Edgar, G.J., A. Cooper, S.C. Baker, W. Barker, N.S. Barrett, M.A. Becerro, A.E. Bates, D. Brock, D. Ceccarelli, E. Clausius, M. Davey, T.R. Davis, P. Day, A. Green, S.R. Griffiths, J. Hicks, I.A. Hinojosa, B. Jones, M.F. Larkin, N. Lazzari, S.D. Ling, P. Mooney, E. Oh, A. Pérez-Matus, J.B. Pocklington, R. Riera, J.A. Sanabria-Fernández, Y. Seroussi, I. Shaw, D. Shields, J. Shields, M. Smith, G.A. Soler, J. Stuart-Smith, J. Turnbull, & R.D. Stuart-Smith. 2020. Reef Life Survey: Establishing the ecological basis for conservation of shallow marine life. Biological Conservation, 252: 108855. https://doi:org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108855

111. Álvarez, L.N., S. García-Sanz, N.E. Bosch, R. Riera & F. Tuya. 2020. Optimizing costs to collect local infauna through grabs: Effect of sampling size and replication. Diversity, 12: 410. https://doi:10.3390/d12110410

110. Bruno, C., C.F. Cornejo, R. Riera & C.M. Ibáñez. 2020. What is on the menu? Feeding, consumption and cannibalism in exploited stocks of the jumbo squid Dosidicus gigas in south-central Chile. Fisheries Research, 233: 105722

109. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos & R. Riera 2020. Weight-length relationships of four intertidal mollusk species from the NE Atlantic Ocean and their potential for conservation. Molluscan Research, 40(4): 363-368.

108. Montecinos, C., R. Riera & A. Brante. 2020. Site fidelity and homing behaviour in the intertidal species Chiton granosus (Polyplacophora) (Frembly, 1889). Journal of Sea Research, 164: 101932. ttps://

107. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos & R. Riera. 2020. Unravelling the effects of exploitation on the size structure of intertidal topshell Phorcus sauciatus in harvested and non-harvested Atlantic regions. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 38: 101387.

106. Riera, R., J. Vasconcelos, S. Baden, L. Gerhardt, R. Sousa & E. Infantes. 2020. Severe shifts of Zostera marina epifauna: Comparative study between 1997 and 2018 on the Swedish Skagerrak Coast. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 158: 111434.

105. Sousa, R., A.R. Pinto, J. Vasconcelos & R, Riera. 2020. Do harvesting affect the relative growth in Patella aspera Röding, 1798? The European Zoology Journal

104. Vasconcelos, J.,R. Sousa, V. Tuset & R. Riera. 2020. Island effect in the shell phenotypic plasticity of an intertidal gastropod. Zoology, 141: 125802.

103. Riera, R., J.D. Delgado, L. Moro, R. Herrera & M.A. Becerro. 2020. Difficulties to identify global and local key biodiversity areas in diverse and isolated marine jurisdictions. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 24: 13.

102. Bernal, A., R. Toresen & R. Riera 2020. Distribution and Diet of Myctophids across the Indian Ocean and Role of the Southern Tropical Gyre in the Microplastic Ingestion. Deep Sea Research.

101. Riera, R & J.D. Delgado. 2020. Identifying integrative management needs for regional marine policies in a context of human impact in an oceanic archipelago. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 61: 61-71. https//

100. Sousa, R., P. Henriques, J. Vasconcelos, J. Delgado & R. Riera . 2020. The protection effects of MPAs on exploited molluscs from and oceanic archipelago. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystem, 30(4): 717-729.

99. Rodríguez, R.A., R. Riera, I. Reyes & J.D. Delgado . 2020. Entropy vs. human ontogeny: The Shannon information measure; a reliable general indicator of human health? Interdisciplinary Science Review 45: 186-206.

98. Vadziutsina, M. & R. Riera . 2020. Review of fish trap fisheries from tropical and subtropical reefs: main features, threats and management solutions. Fisheries Research, 223: 105432.

97. Guzmán, F., M. Bascur, L. Olavarria, S. Mora, R. Riera & Á. Urzúa. 2020. Seasonal and interannual changes in reproductive parameters and eggs biochemical composition of the fishery resource Pleuroncodes monodon (Decapoda: Munididae) from the Humboldt Current System. Fisheries Research, 221: 105404. <

96. Vasconcelos, J., R. Sousa, P. Henriques, A. Amorim, J. Delgado & R. Riera. 2020. Two sympat-ric, not externally discernible and heavily-exploited deep species with coastal migration during spawning season: Implications for sustainable stocks management of Aphanopus car-bo and A. intermedius around Madeira. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 77(1): 124-131.


95. Brante, A., R. Riera & V. Cartes. 2019. Post-settlement movement as response to interspecific competition between the bioengineer mussels Semimytilus algosus and Perumytilus purpuratus. Journal of Sea Research

94. Brante, A., R. Riera & P. Riquelme. 2019. Aggressive interactions between the invasive anemone Anemonia alicemartinae and the native anemone Phymactis papillosa. Aquatic Biology 28: 127-136

93. Torquato, F., P. Range, R. Ben-Hamadou, E.E. Sigsgaard, P.F. Thomsen, R. Riera , M.I. Berumen, J.A. Burt, D.A. Feary, A. Marshell, D. D´Agostino, J.D. DiBattista, P.R. Møller. 2019. Consequences of marine barriers on genetic diversity of the coral-specialist yellowbar angelfish from the Western Indian Ocean. Ecology and Evolution, 9(19): 11215-11226.

92. Seguel, V., F. Guzmán, M. Bascur, R. Riera & Á. Urzúa. 2019. Temporal variation in larval biochemical condition at hatching of the red squat lobster Pleuroncodes monodon (Decapoda: Munididae) from Humboldt Current System. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 63(4): 282-293. "

91. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, R. Riera , A.R. Pinto, J. Delgado & P. Henriques. 2019. Potential impact of harvesting management measures on the reproductive parameters of the limpets Patella aspera and Patella candei from Madeira island. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 226: 106264.

90. Sanabria-Fernández, J.A., J.G. Alday, N. Lazzari, R. Riera & M. Becerro. 2019. Marine protected areas are more effective but less reliable in protecting fish biomass than fish diversity. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 143: 24-32.

89. Vasconcelos, J., P. Henriques, R. Sousa, A. Amorim, J. Delgado & R. Riera. 2019. Deep stocks avoid competition migrating horizontal and vertically: The example of two scabbardfishes (Aphanopus spp.) targeted by long-liners in grounds next to an oceanic archipelago. Regional Studies in Marine Sciences, 28: 100605

88. Talamo, D. & R. Riera. 2019. Elements for a future EBSA (Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Area) process in the Alboran Sea and connected areas. A case study for North-South cooperation. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 60: 211-222.

87. Sousa, R., P. Henriques, J. Vasconcelos, G. Faria, R. Riera, A.R. Pinto, J. Delgado & S. Hawkins. 2019. First observations of hermaphroditism in the patellid limpet Patella piperata Gould 1846. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of United of Kingdom, 99(7): 1615-1620.

86. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, J. Delgado, R. Riera, J.A. González, M. Freitas & P. Henriques. 2019. Disentangling exploitation of the intertidal grazer Phorcus sauciatus (Gastropoda: Trochidae) in an ocean archipelago: Implications for conservation. Marine Ecology, 40(2): e12540.

85. Castro, J.J., E. Didovich, A. Delgado de Molina Acevedo, A. Barrera-Luján & R. Riera. 2019. Reconstruction of marine small-scale fisheries captures in the Canary Islands (NE Altantic Ocean) from 1950 to 2010. Scientia Marina 83(1): 7-17.

84. Rodríguez, R., R. Riera, J.M. Duncan, M.J. Vanni, J.D. Delgado & M. González. 2019. Degrees of freedom: definitions and their minimum and most meaningful combination for interdisciplinary ecological modelling. Ecological Modelling, 392: 226-235.

83. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, R. Riera, J. Delgado, J.A. González, M. Freitas & P. Henriques. 2019. Filling biological information gaps of the marine topshell Phorcus sauciatus (Gastropoda: Trochidae) to ensure its sustainable exploitation. Journal of Marine Biological Association of United of Kingdom 99(4): 841-849.

82. Sousa, R., J. Vasconcelos, P. Henriques, A.R. Pinto, J. Delgado, J.A. González, M. Freitas & R. Riera. 2019. Long-term population status of two harvested intertidal grazers (Patella aspera and P. candei), before (1996-2006) and after (2007-2017) the implementation of management measures. Journal of Sea Research 144: 33-38.

81. Escánez, A., A. Guerra, R. Riera, A.V. Ariza, A.F. González, F.J. Rocha & N. Aguilar. 2019. Octopods of the Canary Islands. New records and biogeographic relationships. Molluscan Research, 39(1): 1-12.


80. Escánez, A., J. Rubio, R. Riera & E. Almansa. 2018. Assessment of various anesthetics effects on Octopus vulgaris paralarvae. Journal of the Aquaculture World Society, 49(6): 1019-1025.

79. Viña, N., M. Bascur, F. Guzmán, R. Riera, K. Paschke & Á. Urzúa. 2018. Interspecific variation in the physiological and reproductive parameters of porcelanid crabs from the Southeastern Pacific coast: potential adaptation in contrasting marine environments. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A, 226: 22-31. https://doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2018.07.006

78. Escánez, A., A. Roura, A., R. Riera, A.F. González & A. Guerra. 2018. New data on the systematics of comb-fin squids Chtenopteryx spp. (Cephalopoda: Chtenopterygidae) from the Atlantic Ocean. Zoological Studies, 57: 37-40. https://doi:10.6620/ZS.2018.57-40

77. Sanabria-Fernández, J.A., N. Lazzari, R. Riera & M. Becerro. 2018. Building up marine biodiversity loss: artificial habitats decrease the number and abundance of low occupancy benthic and sessile species. Marine Environmental Research, 140:190-199. https://doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.06.010

76. Vasconcelos, J., R. Sousa, R. Riera, J. Delgado, G. Faria & L.S. Gordo. 2018. Stock assessment of the blue Jack mackerel, Trachurus picturatus (Bowdich, 1825) in the North-eastern Atlantic. Fisheries Management and Ecology 25: 233-239. https://doi:10.1111/fme.12289

75. R. Riera,V. Tuset, R. Betancur-R, A. Lombarte, C. Marcos & A. Pérez-Ruzafa. 2018. Modelling alpha-diversities of coastal lagoon fish assemblages from the Mediterranean Sea. Progress in Oceanography 165: 100-109.

74. Rodríguez, R.A., J.M. Duncan, J.D. Delgado, M.J. Vanni, R. Riera, & M.J. González. 2018. Additional empirical evidence on the intrinsic trend to stationarity in the long run and the nested relationship between abiotic, biotic and anthropogenic factors starting from the organic biophysics of ecosystems (OBEC). Ecological Modelling, 283: 23-30.


73. Rodríguez, R., J.M. Duncan, J.D. Delgado, M.J. Vanni, R. Riera, A.M. Herrera & M.J. González. 2017. Ecosystem trophodynamic power assessment: searching for a reliable model based on the power equation for an oscillating string. Ecological Modelling, 362: 80-86.

72. Castilla, A.M. R. Riera, M. Ali-Humaid, T.J. Garland, A. AlKuwari, S. Muzaffar, H.A. Naser, S. Al-Mohannadi, D. Al-Ajmi, A. Chikhi, J. Wessels, M. Al-Thani & A. Valdéon. 2017. Contribution of citizen science to improve knowledge on marine biodiversity in the Gulf region. Journal of the Association of Arab Universities for Basic and Applied Sciences, 24: 126-135.

71. R. Riera, Ó. Pérez, C. Cromey, M. Rodríguez, E. Ramos, O. Álvarez, J. Domínguez, Ó. Monterroso & F. Tuya. 2017. MACAROMOD: a tool to model particulate waste dispersion and benthic impact from offshore sea-cage aquaculture in the Macaronesian region. Ecological Modelling, 361: 122-134.

70. R. Riera, V. Tuset, M. Rodríguez, O. Monterroso & A. Lombarte. 2017. Analyzing functional diversity to determine the effects of fish cages farms in insular coastal fish assemblages. Aquaculture, 479: 384-395.

69. Rodríguez, R.A., J.M. Duncan, M.J. Vanni, A.V. Melkikh, J.D. Delgado, R. Riera, A.M. Herrera, T. Camarena, A. Quirós, J.M. Fernández-Palacios, J.V. Miranda, M.E. Perdomo, M.J. Fernández-Rodríguez, A. Jiménez-Rodríguez, R. Otto, C.G. Escudero, R.M. Navarro-Cerrillo & M.J. González. 2017. Exploring the analytical consequences of ecological subjects unwittingly neglected by the mainstream of evolutionary thought. Ecological Modelling, 355: 70-83.

68. Torquato, F., H.M. Jensen, P. Range, S.S. Bach, R. Ben-Hamadou, E.E. Sigsgaard, P.F. Thomsen, P.R. Moller & R. Riera. 2017. Vertical zonation and functional diversity of fish assemblages revealed by ROV videos at oil platforms in The Gulf. Journal of Fish Biology

67. Delgado, JD., R. Riera R.A. Rodríguez, P. González-Moreno & J.M. Fernández-Palacios. 2017. A reapprasial of the role of humans in the biotic disturbance of islands. Environmental Conservation, DOI:10.1017/S0376892917000236.

66. Rodríguez, R.A., R. Riera & J.D. Delgado. 2017. Ecology: Science or philately? An interdisciplinary analysis of sustainability by exploring if it is possible to get more and more information by reducing collateral environmental damages. Science of the Total Environment, 596-597: 43-52.

65. Costa, J.Z., U. McCarthy, O. Pérez, E. Ramos, M. Rodríguez, Ó. Monterroso R. Riera(2017). Pasteurellosis in farmed meagre in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Thalassas, 33(1): 65-71.


64. Garrido, D., V.M. Martín, C. Rodríguez, J. Iglesias, J.C. Navarro, A. Estévez, F. Hontoria, M. Becerro, J.J. Otero, J. Pérez, I. Varó, D.B. Reis, R. Riera, A.V. Skykes & E. Almansa. 2016. Meta-analysis approach to the effects of live prey on the growth of Octopus vulgaris paralarvae under culture conditions. Reviews in Aquaculture.

63. R. Riera, R. Herrera, Ó. Pérez, M.J. Garrido, O. Álvarez, Ó. Monterroso & J. Núñez. 2016. Lack of recovery symptoms of an endangered and harvested mollusk in the last 20 years. Journal of Marine Biological Association of United of Kingdom, DOI:

62. R. Riera, Ó. Monterroso, J. Núñez A. Martínez. 2016. Distribution of meiofaunal abundances in a marine cave complex with secondary openings and freshwater filtrations. Marine Biodiversity, DOI.10.1107/s12526-016-0586-y.

61. Rodríguez, R.A., A.M. Herrea, J. Duncan, R. Riera, A. Quirós, M.E. Perdomo, A. Jiménez-Rodríguez, J.M. Fernández-Palacios, M.J. Vanni, R. Otto, C.G. Escudero, T. Camarena, R.M. Navarro-Cerrillo, J.D. Delgado & M.J. González. 2016. Response to comments on “Uncertainty principle in niche assessment: A solution to the dilemma redundancy vs. competitive exclusion, and some analytical consequences. Ecological Modelling, 341: 1-4.

60. R. Riera, C. Menci, J.A. Sanabria-Fernández & M.A. Becerro. 2016. Do recreational activities affect coastal biodiversity? Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 178: 129-136.

59. Esquete, P., E. Ramos R. Riera. 2016. New data on the Tanaidacea (Crustacea: Peracarida) from the Canary Islands, with a description of a new species of Apseudopsis. Zootaxa, 4093(2): 248-260.

58. Rodríguez, R., A.M. Herrera, A. Quirós, M.J. Fernández-Rodríguez, J.D. Delgado, A. Jiménez-Rodríguez, J.M. Fernández-Palacios, R. Otto, C.G. Escudero, J. Santander, J.V. Miranda, R.M. Navarro-Cerrillo, M.E. Perdomo & R. Riera,. 2016. Exploring the spontaneous contribution of Claude E-Shannon to eco-evolutionary theory. Ecological Modelling, 327: 57-64.

57. Dauvin, J.C,, Andrade, H., De-la-Ossa-Carretero, J.A., Del-Pilar-Ruso, Y. & R. Riera,. 2016. Polychaete/amphipod ratios: An approach to validating simple benthic indicators. Ecological Indicators, 63: 89-99.


56. R. Riera,, O. Pérez, O. Álvarez, D. Simón, D. Díaz, O. Monterroso & J. Núñez. 2015. Clear regression of harvested intertidal mollusks. A 20-year (1994-2014) comparative study. Marine Environmental Research, 113. 56-61.

55. R. Riera,, C. Sangil & M. Sansón. 2015. Long-term herbarium data reveal the decline of a temperate water algae in its range southern limit. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 165: 159-165.

54. Rodríguez, R.A., A.M. Herrera, J. Santander, J.V. Miranda, M.E. Perdomo, A. Quirós, R. Riera, & B. Fath. From stationary to a non-stationary ecological state equation: Adding a tool for ecological monitoring. Ecological Modelling, 320: 44-51

53. Tuya, F., S. Betancor, M.A. Viera-Rodríguez, R. Guedes, R. Riera, R. Haroun & F. Espino. 2015. Effect of chronic versus pulse perturbations on a marine ecosystem: integration of functional responses across organization levels. Ecosystems, 18: 1455-1471..

52. Tuya, F., S. Betancor, M.A. Viera-Rodríguez, R. Guedes, R. Riera, R. Haroun & F. Espino. 2015. Effect of chronic versus pulse perturbations on a marine ecosystem: integration of functional responses across organization levels. Ecosystems, 18: 1455-1471..

51. Rodríguez, R.A., Herrera, A.M.,Herrera, A.M., Santander, J., Miranda, J.V., Fernández-Rodríguez, M.J., Quirós, A., R. Riera,, Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Otto, R., Escudero, C.G., Jiménez-Rodríguez, A., Navarro-Cerrillo, R.M., Perdomo, M.E. & J.D. Delgado. 2015. Uncertainty principle in niche assessment: A solution to the dilema redundancy vs. competitive exclusion, and some analytical consequences. Ecological Modelling, 318: 87-110.

50. Rodríguez, R.A., Herrera, A.M., R. Riera,, Santander, J., Miranda, J.V., Quirós, A., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Otto, R., Escudero, C.G, Fernández-Rodríguez, M.J., Jiménez-Rodríguez, A., Navarro-Cerrillo, R.M., Perdomo, M.E. & J.D. Delgado. 2015. Distribution of species diversity values: A link between classical and quantum mechanics in ecology. Ecological Modelling, 313: 163-180.

49. Fabbri, F., F. Espino, R. Herrera, L. Moro, R. Haroun, R. Riera,, N. González-Henríquez, O. Bergasa, O. Monterroso, M. Ruiz de la Rosa & F. Tuya. 2015. Trends of the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa (Magnoliophyta) in the Canary Islands: population changes in the last two decades. Scientia Marina 79(1): 7-13.

48. Rodríguez, R.A., A.M. Herrera, R. Riera, Escudero CG, Delgado JD. 2015. Empirical clues about the fulfillment of quantum principles in ecology: Potential meaning and theoretical. Ecological Modelling 301: 90-97.

47. Rodríguez, R.A., A.M. Herrera, R. Riera, J.D. Delgado, A. Quirós, M.E. Perdomo, J. Santander, J.V. Miranda, M.J. Fernández, A. Jiménez-Rodríguez, J.M. Fernández-Palacios, R. Otto, C. G. Escudero, R.M. Navarro-Cerrillo. 2015. Thermostatistical distribution of a trophic energy proxy with analytical consequences for evolutionary ecology, species coexistence and the maximum entropy formalism. Ecological Modelling, 296: 24-35.

46. Reis, D.B., I. García-Herrero, R. Riera, B.C. Felipe, C. Rodríguez, A.V. Sykes, M.V. Martín, J.P. Andrade & E. Almansa. 2014. An insight on Octopus vulgaris paralarvae lipid requirements under rearing conditions. Aquaculture, doi:10.1111/any.12205.


45. R. Riera, M.A. Becerro, R. Stuart-Smith, J.D. Delgado & G.J. Edgar. 2014. Out of sight, out of mind: threats to the marine biodiversity of the Canary Islands (NE Atlantic Ocean). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 86(1/2): 9-18

44. R. Riera, F. Tuya, Ó. Pérez, E. Ramos, M. Rodríguez & Ó. Monterroso. 2014. Effects of proximity to offshore fish farms over soft-bottom macrofauna. Journal of Marine Biological Association of United of Kingdom. doi:10.1017/S0025315414001386

43. R. Riera, P. Sánchez-Jerez, M. Rodríguez & Ó. Monterroso. 2014. Artificial marine habitats favour a single fish species on a long-term scale: the dominance of Boops boops around off-shore fish cages. Scientia Marina. doi:10.3989/scimar.04083.08A

42. R. Riera, J. Núñez, & M.C. Brito. 2014. Temporal variations of shallow subtidal meiofauna in Los Cristianos Bay (Tenerife, Canary Islands, NE Atlantic Ocean). Brazilian Journal of Oceanography 62(3): 167-177.

41. R. Riera, Ó. Pérez, M. Rodríguez, E. Ramos & Ó. Monterroso. 2014. Are assemblages of the fireworm Hermodice carunculata enhanced in sediments beneath offshore fish cages? Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 33(4): 108-111.

40. Tuya, F., L. Png-González, R. Riera, Haroun & F. Espino. 2014. Ecological structure and function differs between habitats dominated by seagrasses and green seaweeds. Marine Environmental Research, 98: 1-13.

39. Riera, R., A. Sacramento, Ó. Pérez, Ó. Monterroso, E. Ramos, M. Rodríguez & E. Almansa. 2013. Effects of organic enrichment on macrofauna community structure: an experimental approach. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, 61(4): 223-229.

38. Riera, R., 2014. Are marine drifting species cosmopolitan? The example of the isopod Idotea metallica.Thalassas, 30(1): 75-77.


37. Riera, R., M.A. Becerro, E. Ramos, Ó. Monterroso & M. Rodríguez. 2013. Response of different benthic habitats to off-shore fish cages. Aquaculture Research. doi: 10.1111/are.12306.

36. Jiménez-Prada, P., A, Scherbakova, Riera, R., B.C. Felipe, A.V. Sykes, R.A. Gonçalves, J.P. Andrade, C. Perales-Raya, C. Rodríguez & E. Almansa. 2014. Characterization of deformed hatchlings of Octopus vulgaris obtained under captivity from a small female. Fisheries Research, 152: 62-65.

35. Riera, R., & J.A. de-la-Ossa-Carretero. 2013. Response of benthic opportunistic polychaetes and amphipods index to different perturbations in coastal oligotrophic areas (Canary archipelago, North East Atlantic Ocean). Marine Ecology. Doi: 10.1111/maec.12094.

34. Pérez, Ó., E. Almansa, Riera, R., M. Rodríguez, E. Ramos, J. Costa & Ó. Monterroso. 2014. Food and faeces settling velocities of meagre (Argyrosomus regius) and its application for modelling waste dispersion from sea cage aquaculture. Aquaculture, 420-421: 171-179.

33. Riera, R., F. Tuya, M. Rodríguez, Ó. Monterroso & E. Ramos. 2013. Confounding response of macrofauna from a confluence of impacts: brine and sewage pollution. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 32(10): 74-81

32. Junoy, J., C. Castellanos, R. Bernardo-Madrid, Riera, R. & J.M. Viéitez. 2013. Macroinfaunal recovery on the beach severely affected by the “Prestige” oil spill (O Rostro, Galicia, north-west Spain). Journal of Marine Biological Association of United of Kingdom. doi.:10.1017/S002531541300132X

31. >Núñez, J.,Riera, R. & Y. Maggio. 2013. A new Ophryotrocha species (Polychaeta: Dorvilleidae) from circalittoral seabeds of the Cantabrian Sea (NE Atlantic Ocean). Journal of Marine Biological Association of United of Kingdom,

30. Riera, R., M. Rodríguez, E. Ramos, Ó. Monterroso & J.D. Delgado. 2013. Hard and soft-bottom macrozoobenthos in subtidal communities around an inactive harbour area (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands). Vie et Milieu, 63(1): 1-4.

29. Riera, R., J. Núñez & M.C. Brito. 2013. Temporal dynamics of shallow subtidal meiobenthos from a beach in Tenerife (Canary Islands, northeast Atlantic Ocean). Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 32(8): 44-54.

28. Rodríguez, RA., J.D. Delgado, A.M. Herrera, Riera, R., R.M. Navarro, A. Quirós & L. Dieguez. 2013. Effects of two traits of the ecological state equation on our standing of species coexistence. Ecological Modelling, 265: 1-13.

27. Junoy, J., C. Castellanos, J.M Viéitez & Riera, R.. 2013. Seven years of macrofauna monitoring at Ladeira beach (Corrubedo Bay, NW Spain) after the Prestige oil-spill. Oceanologia, 55(2): 393-407.

26. Rodríguez, RA., A.M. Herrera, J.D. Delgado, R. Otto, A. Quirós, J. Santander, J.V. Miranda, A. Jiménez, Riera, R., R.M. Navarro, M.E. Perdomo, J.M. Fernández-Palacios, J.R. Arévalo, C. Escudero & L. Diéguez. 2013. Biomass-dispersal trade-off and the functional meaning of species. Ecological Modelling, 261/262: 8-18.

25. Riera, R., F. Tuya, A. Sacramento, E. Ramos, Ó. Monterroso & M. Rodríguez. 2013. Influence of the combined disposal of sewage and brine on meiofauna. Ciencias Marinas, 39(1): 15-27.


Riera, R., J. Núñez & M.C. Brito. 2012. Influence of a freshwater runoff on temporal variations of an intertidal meiofauna assemblage. Vie et Milieu 62(3): 105-114.

Riera, R., J. Nuñez, M.C. Brito & F. Tuya. 2012. Differences in diversity, structure and variability between intertidal and subtidal meiofaunal assemblages. Ciencias Marinas, 38(4): 677-693.

Riera, R., F. Tuya, E. Ramos, M. Rodríguez & Ó. Monterroso (2012). Variability of macrofaunal assemblages on the surroundings of brine disposal. Desalination. 291: 94-100.

Riera, R., P. Sánchez-Jérez, M. Rodríguez, Ó. Monterroso & E. Ramos. 2012.Long-term monitoring of fish farms: Application of Nematode/Copepod index to oligotrophic conditions. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(4): 844-850.

Escánez, A.,R. Riera, L Márquez, A Skalli, BC Felipe, I García-Herrero, D Reis, C Rodríguez & E Almansa. 2012. A general survey of the feasibility of culturing the mysid Gastrosaccus roscoffensis (Peracarida, Mysida): Growth, survival, predatory skills, and lipid composition. Ciencias Marinas, 38(3): 475-490.

Escánez, A., R. Riera, A.F. González & Á. Guerra. 2012. On the occurrence of egg-masses of diamond-shaped squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus, Troschel 1857 in the subtropical eastern Atlantic (Canary Islands). A potential commercial species? Zookeys 222: 69-76..

Riera, R., J.D. Delgado, M. Rodríguez, Ó. Monterroso & E. Ramos. 2012. Macrofaunal communities of threatened subtidal maërl seabeds on Tenerife (Canary Islands, NE Atlantic Ocean) in summer. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 31(1): 98-105.

Monterroso, O.,R. Riera, J. Núñez.2012. Subtidal soft-bottom macroinvertebrate communities from the Canary Islands. An ecological approach Brazilian Journal of Oceanography. 60(1):1-9.


García-Herrero., I., D. Reis, C. Rodríguez, Riera, R, A.V. Sykes, B.C. Felipe, V. Martín, J.E. Villamandos, & E. ALmansa. 2011. Lipid composition of common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) paralarvae fed with alternative preys and a microdiet. Journal of Shellfish Researh, 30(3): 1003-1004 (conference paper)

Riera, R., J. Núñez, M.C.Brito & F. Tuya. 2011. Temporal variability of a subtropical meiofaunal assemblage: contrasting effects at the species and assemblage-level. Vie et Milieu, 129-137

Riera, R., J. Núñez & D. Martín. 2011. Effects of the thermal pollution on the soft bottoms surrounding a power station in the Canary Islands(NE Atlantic Ocean) Oceanology 51(6)1102–1107

Riera, R., F. Tuya, A. Sacramento, E. Ramos, M. Rodríguez & Ó. Monterroso. 2011. The effects of brine disposal on a subtidal meiofauna community Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. 93: 359-365.

Riera, R., Ó. Monterroso, M. Rodríguez, E. Ramos & Ó. Pérez. 2011. Biotic indexes reveal the impact of harbour enlargement on benthic fauna. Chemistry and Ecology 27(4): 311-326.

Riera, R., Ó. Monterroso, M. Rodríguez, E. Ramos & A. Sacramento 2011. Six-year study of meiofaunal dynamics in fish farms in Tenerife (Canary Islands, NE Altantic Ocean). Aquatic Ecology. 45(2): 221-229.

Feyjoo, P., R. Riera, B, Felipe, A. Skalli & E. Almansa. 2011. Tolerance response to ammonia and nitrite in paralarvae of Octopus vulgaris and its toxic effects on prey consumption rate and chromatophores activity. Aquaculture International 19: 193-204.

Delgado, J.D., R. Riera, Ó. Monterroso & J. Núñez. 2009. Distribution and abundance of meiofauna in intertidal sand substrata around Iceland. Aquatic Ecology, 43. 221-233.

Riera, R., J. Núñez & M.C. Brito. 2007. A new species of the interstitial genus Neopetitia (Syllidae, Eusyllinae) from Tenerife, with developed acicular setae in males. Helgoland Marine Research, 61(3): 221-223.

Riera, R, J. Núñez & M.C. Brito 2006. Two new species of Comesomatidae Filipjev, 1922 (Nematoda: Chromadorida) from sandy bottoms of Tenerife. Zootaxa 1126: 53-61

Riera, R., J. Núñez & M.C. Brito 2006. A new species of the genus Parapionosyllis (Polychaeta: Syllidae: Exogoninae) from the Canary Islands, with a description of a new species. Zootaxa, 1110: 17-25.

Brito, M.C.,  J. Núñez & R. Riera. 2006. A new species of the genus Aonides Clapàrede, 1864 (Polychaeta: Spionidae) from the Macaronesian Region (Eastern Central Atlantic). Scientia marina, 70S3: 59-64.

Delgado, J.D., J. Núñez, R. Riera & O. Monterroso. 2003. Abundance and diversity patterns of meiofaunal annelids from intertidal areas in Iceland. Hydrobiologia, 496: 311-319.

Martín, D., J. Núñez, R. Riera. & J. Gil. 2002. On the associations between Haplosyllis (Polychaeta, Syllidae) and gorgonians (Cnidaria, Octocorallaria) with the description of a new species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 77: 455-477.


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2015-2018. Assessing the importance of offshore platforms as marine biodiversity hot spots, protected areas, and genetic stepping stones for the conservation of coral reefs in Qatar ”(cod: NPRP 7-1129-1–201). Funded Agency: Ministry of Education of Qatar. Main Researcher: Rodrigo Riera.

2014-2017. Management effects on marine functional diversity: a global study (cod. 304139/2014-9). Funded Agency: Ministry of Science of Brazil. Main Researcher: Rodrigo Riera.



2009-2011. Use of alternative preys as food for octopus paralarvae (PRESAPUL). Funded agency: Canarian Government (ACISII). Main Researcher: Rodrigo Riera.

2010-2012. Modelling tool to predict the environmental response of organic load from off-shore aquaculture cages in the Canarian archipelago (CANAMOD). Funded agency: Ministry of Science and Innovation (CDTI). Main Researchers: Óscar Pérez (CIMA SL) and Rodrigo Riera.

2011-2013. Dispersion of organic matter in fish farms: development of a mathematical model to ensure sustainable development (MACAROMOD). Main Researcher: Fernando Tuya (ULPGC).


August 22, 2022

¡Un helado de Antártida!

El 70% del agua dulce de nuestro planeta se encuentra en forma de hielo en Groenlandia y en la Antártida. Estas zonas acumulan una ingente cantidad de hielo que si se derritiera subiría 65 metros el nivel del mar, por tanto, es fácil suponer que pequeñas variaciones en la superficie helada de estos lugares tiene efectos en todas las zonas costeras del mundo. Read more.

April 19, 2021

Menos eficiencia en agua caliente

El cambio global, término más apropiado para nombrar a lo que muchos conocen como cambio climático, tiene una serie de consecuencias en los organismos vivos que habitan en nuestro planeta. Por ejemplo, el incremento de la temperatura, tanto en el medio terrestre como en el acuático, provoca la migración de especies tropicales a aguas más frías, y la desaparición paulatina de especies de latitudes polares. Read more.

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