Encarnación Fenoy Castilla

Postdoctoral Researcher - Aquatic Ecology and Aquaculture

Encarnación Fenoy Castilla

Degree in Environmental Sciences, Master in Industrial and Agri-Food Biotechnology, and PhD in Applied Environmental Sciences from the University of Almeria. My beginnings in research took place just after graduating, with technical support grants and collaboration grants in departments, participating in projects on the management of irrigation ponds for the conservation of biodiversity. During my doctoral thesis (FPU contract of the MECD), I participated in several projects with the aim of understanding how global change may affect biodiversity, food webs and the functioning of river ecosystems. I have taught the zoology area in the Agronomy and Biotechnology degrees in 2015-2018.

Since 2020 I am a postdoctoral researcher in the RNM-346 research team and I am currently participating in the RIOVEGEST project. I also teach the course "Hydrological Restoration and Regulation Actions" in the Master in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services.


My research focuses on the effects of global change on biodiversity and aquatic ecosystem functioning, with a recent shift towards studying the physiological capacities of organisms to cope with multiple stressors.

RESEARCH GROUP: Aquatic Ecology and Aquaculture (RNM-346)


  • Trophic networks in fluvial ecosystems
  • Effects of global change on the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems
  • Environmental enzymology and nutritional stoichiometry

I have participated in national projects (RIBARID, RIOVEGEST), regional projects (P06-RNM-01709, GLOCHARID), European projects for young researchers (URBIFUN, EUROPONDS) and global collaborations (FunAqua). I am also co-IP of the INVASORIAN project, funded by SIBECOL (young researchers).


Climate‐induced plasticity in leaf traits of riparian plants Key plant species and detritivores drive diversity effects on instream leaf litter decomposition more than functional diversity: A microcosm study Elevated temperature may reduce functional but not taxonomic diversity of fungal assemblages on decomposing leaf litter in streams Strategies of shredders when feeding on low‐quality leaf‐litter: Local population adaptations or fixed species traits? Warming and nutrient-depleted food: Two difficult challenges faced simultaneously by an aquatic shredder Modelling hydrolysis of leaf litter by digestive enzymes of the snail Melanopsis praemorsa: combination of response surface methodology and in vitro assays Temperature and substrate chemistry as major drivers of interregional variability of leaf microbial decomposition and cellulolytic activity in headwater streams Two faces of agricultural intensification hanging over aquatic biodiversity: The case of chironomid diversity from farm ponds vs. natural wetlands in a coastal region Can submerged macrophytes be effective for controlling waterborne phytopathogens in irrigation ponds? An experimental approach using microcosms Management effects on fungal assemblages in irrigation ponds: Are biodiversity conservation and the control of phytopathogens compatible? Diversity in Mediterranean farm ponds: Trade-offs and synergies between irrigation modernisation and biodiversity conservation Farm Ponds as Potential Complementary Habitats to Natural Wetlands in a Mediterranean Region
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