Javier Cristobo He is a European Doctor in Marine Biology and Professional Diver, Researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Gijón Oceanographic Center specializing in benthic ecology. He is currently working on the H2020 SponGES project (Deep-Sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards its preservation and sustainable exploitation), co-leading the work package 2 – Biodiversity. The main objective of this Work package is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the biodiversity contained in the sponge land ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The main focus of interest is the Phylum Porifera in different aspects, Taxonomy, Ecology, Sponge Grounds but also marine invertebrates, the fauna of the deep sea, Antarctic research, vulnerable marine ecosystems (VME) and marine protected areas. He has published more than 110 scientific articles and books and research work carried out.
Within scientific activities in recent years he has participated as a researcher in 37 funded research projects, presented more than 185 communications and talks at national and international congresses, Head of mission in different scientific expeditions, 15 Research stages in different countries and scientific cruises with large research vessels of the European fleet in the Cantabrian Sea, Portugal, Namibia, Patagonia, North Sea, South Africa, Cape Verde, Arctic and eight times in Antarctica. Some of these expeditions are currently developing non-invasive methodologies on rocky bottoms., as photogrammetry, landing modules and the use of underwater vehicles up to 2000 m deep.