Jana Piñel Rodríguez

Marine biology student at the Polytechnic University of Marche

Jana is a marine biology student from Cantabria (Spain). After finishing a Biology Degree in the Autonomous University of Madrid, she joined the International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), an Erasmus Mundus Master’s program focused on marine biology and the sustainable management of marine biological resources. Jana worked with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) on two coral restoration projects, namely by engaging with guests at resorts and assisting on maintenance and fabrication of small and large-scale coral nurseries. There, she became familiar with the fauna of the Indo-Pacific, its identification and restoration techniques. Jana is studying Habitat Restoration (of corals and seagrasses) in the Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy) and she will carry out her master thesis next year in the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven.

“From a scientific point of view, I know of their importance for marine ecosystems. From an artistic and aesthetic point of view, they remind me of the beauty of the ocean and the colorful explosions of life that exist in coral reefs. Something so fragile and beautiful should be taken care of for future generations, especially under the current human impact.“