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Juan Antonio Raga, Professor of the Department of Zoology and Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Scientific Park of the Universitat de València

The sea of ​​Tethys, precursor of our Mare Nostrum, gave shelter to the ancestors of the current whales and cetaceans, in general. This evolutionary journey that began 55 million years ago, and where a group of terrestrial mammals, through remarkable morphological and physiological changes adapted to live in the aquatic environment has given place to what in our Mediterranean Sea will find today an important variety of species of cetaceans, giant whales included. Thus, different populations of rorquals, sperm whales, pilot whales, dolphins, etc., feed, move and reproduce in its waters. But this marine fauna, like much of biodiversity, has for years been seriously threatened by different activities, mostly of human origin, which must be known and regulated through agreements and national and international rules, to allow sustainable development of the human populations compatible with the conservation of biodiversity and of the environment, in general.

Brief Curriculum

Juan Antonio Raga is Biologist, Professor of Zoology and Director of the Science Park of the Universitat de València  (see He coordinates the Marine Zoology Unit  (see of the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (see, specialist in the study of the biology and parasitology of marine vertebrates. He has more than 30 years of experience as a professor, and he has given courses and conferences in different academic institutions in Europe and America.

In his research career, he has carried out 34I+D+I projects in different countries about marine resources, whose results have been reflected in more than 200 publications in the form of books and scientific magazines.

In addition, his knowledge transfer activities have led him to develop works for different national and international institutions, the European Union, and companies such as Consum, Mercadona, Capital Energy, Triveritas or Nutreco.

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