Juli Caujapé Castells

First name: 

Juli

Last name: 

Caujapé Castells

CV: 

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Main field of expertise: 

Terrestrial Conservation

Specialized in: 

Biodiversity
Biology
Conservation
Genetics

Geographic region: 

Macaronesia

Name of organisation: 

Cabildo de Gran Canaria

Type of organisation: 

Governmental/public administration

Main project your organisation is involved with, in relation to (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

PROYECTO ISLAND-BIODIV (NETBIOME) ISLAND-BIODIV is a concerted, transnational and transregional collaboration to provide measures of biodiversity within island ecosystems and establish fast, efficient and long-term monitoring strategies for three inter-dependant functionally important groups: flowering plants, macro-invertebrates living above ground, and micro-invertebrates inhabiting soil systems. The short-term objective of ISLAND-BIODIV is to develop the necessary methodology and undertake a series of intra-regional biodiversity assessments. Embedded in this objective is the coordination of sampling effort to address specific biodiversity needs and concerns at the level of stakeholders and policy makers. Longer-term objectives are the implementation of standardised procedures for science-led biodiversity evaluation, and the establishment of sampling plots for long-term monitoring and/or complementary biological analyses. Specifically we address the following questons: (1) To what extent can biodiversity within a given ecosystem within an island be considered to be homogenous across the landscape of that ecosystem? (2) Are there predictable patterns in the spatial variation of biodiversity among different functional groups within the same ecosystem? (3) How well do existing management strategies within each OR to protect biodiversity or represent the full breadth of biodiversity within an OR? (4) What realistic changes or extensions to management strategies could be incorporated to maximise biodiversity conservation? This will be achieved by the application of modern DNA sequence based technology together with more traditional sampling and survey techniques. These objectives directly address the collaborative research priorities of the Net-Biome call by characterising biodiversity and its evolution to enhance management and policy decision-making. The ISLAND-BIODIV work plan directly engages stakeholders across the three ORs, from the level of governmental policy makers, to local and private interest groups. Stakeholder engagement is designed to maximise the utility of ISLAND-BIODIV for policy and decision-making. Similarly public outreach activities are designed to cast a wide net and capture a diverse public audience to educate and inform about evaluation and valuation of biodiversity.

PROYECTO INSULARITIES (PLAN NACIONAL I+D+i, GOBIERNO DE ESPAÑA) We take the Canary Islands and the major islands in the westernmost Mediterranean (Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia) as model systems to undertake a comparative study of the genetic mechanisms underlying the processes that give rise to plant endemics in oceanic and continental islands, respectively. We selected five angiosperm genera with different phylogenetic histories (i. e., belonging to distantly related lineages) and diverging biological types (heterogeneous dispersal syndromes), each featuring a variable number of endemics in each insular enclave. Combining data from the 1C contents in the genomes of the endemic subset, from polymorphic molecular markers deriving from nuclear and cpDNA, and molecular cytogenetic techniques, we aim at developing a general hypothesis to explore whether the different contrasts between continental and oceanic islands have left significant footprints on various levels of the molecular and genetic structure of phylogenetically related plant endemics, whereby it may be possible to single out general conclusions about the mechanisms underlying plant diversification in both types of insularity.

PROYECTO ENCLAVES (PCT-MAC) Teaming with the Complexe Horticole d’Agadir and three other departments at the JBCVCSIC (Herbarium, Reproductive Biology & Micromorphology, and Seed Bank), we will investigate the relationships between the Canarian and Moroccan Flora through the assessment of the degree of genetic, micro-morphological and reproductive diversity interchange in several selected study cases. We will use cpDNA sequences and nuclear microsatellites to help assess the levels and directions of gene flow island-mainland. Furthermore, we will offer training in several aspects relevant to these objectives to give our future collaborations standardized and systematic good practice procedures.

Good practices your organisation could share on tropical and subtropical sustainable biodiversity management: 

Topic: 

biodiversidad vegetal

Purpose: 

Estandarización de datos genéticos disponibles sobre cualquier elemento de la biodiversidad para analizarlos con métodos ya existentes, o que puedan surgir en el futuro.

Methodology implemented: 

Sistema de información online, software específico, stakeholders (ITC).

Existing results: 

Topic: 

Conservación vegetal "ex situ"

Purpose: 

Conservar muestras y datos relevantes para la conservación vegetal, en instalaciones ex situ adecuadas .

Methodology implemented: 

Muestreos, controles de calidad para muestras e información

Existing results: 

Banco de semillas, banco de ADN, herbario, banco de datos

Topic: 

Diversidad filogenética

Purpose: 

Detección de áreas territoriales con mayores acumulaciones de diversidad filogenética, uso de esta información con fines predictivos y de priorización para la conservación de especies y territorios. Conservación "in situ"

Methodology implemented: 

Consultas, stakeholders

Existing results: 

Aportación a la gestión de la biodiversidad vegetal en la parte terrestre de la Reserva de la Biosfera de Gran Canaria (resultados en fase de publicación) -Propuesta de proyecto (en fase de discusión final) para crear un sistema de información que suministre directrices e índices (eminentemente genéticos) para cumplir en Gran Canaria los objetivos la Estrategia Global de Conservación de Plantas.

Good practice & policies your organisation suggests/desires on (sub) tropical biodiversity management.: 

Topic: 

Programas de intercambio

Purpose: 

Fomentar la movilidad de investigadores/as suficientemente formados/as a otras áreas insulares subtropicales que comparten problemas de gestión de la biodiversidad, o áreas continentales relacionadas.

Methodology implemented: 

Programa de becas y estancias. Proyectos conjuntos

Topic: 

Programas de formación

Purpose: 

-Actualizar los conocimientos del personal especializado. -Aumentar muy sustancialmente las habilidades de comunicación (en Inglés, Portugués, Francés) de todo el personal español implicado en la gestión de la biodiversidad que lo requiera.

Methodology implemented: 

Formación continuada (especializada e idiomas), cursos, talleres, estancias de trabajo.

Topic: 

Suplir necesidades generales

Purpose: 

Dar respuesta a necesidades heterogéneas identificadas por expertos

Existing results: 

Listado de necesidades de científicas y políticas para la conservación de la biodiversidad, identificadas por investigadores de nueve archipiélagos oceánicos (incluidos los cuatro macaronésicos). Ver detalles en Tabla A1 de Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 12: 107–129, Caujapé-Castells et al. (2010)