ALFONSO PITA, Postdoctoral fellow, UK

Alfonso’s PhD project was devoted to studying the genetic dynamics of the Atlantic European hake fishery in the last decades (migration, Ne, genetic diversity erosion, etc.) as being one of the most important eco-economic species in Europe. His current work emphasizes on applied population genetics to range expansion/contraction of coastal fisheries, a postdoctoral project undertaken at the Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK.


  • 2016-present: Postdoctoral fellow in Southampton University, UK.
  • Postdoctoral grant (2016-2018) from Xunta de Galicia (Spanish Regional Government).
  • 2009-2013: Ph.D. thesis at University of Vigo, Spain.
    • International Mention
    • CUM LAUDE thesis award.
  • 2007-2009: Predoctoral research project from University of Vigo, Spain.
  • 2001-2007: BSc. on Marine Sciencies from University of Vigo, Spain.


  1. Inbreeding in the exploited limpet Patella aspera across the Macaronesia archipelagos (NE Atlantic): Implications for conservation
  2. Trends of the genetic effective population size in the Southern stock of the European hake
  3. Disentangling the genetic and morphological structure of Patella candei complex in Macaronesia (NE Atlantic)
  4. Genetic inference of demographic connectivity in the Atlantic European hake metapopulation (Merluccius merluccius) over a spatio-temporal framework
  5. A multiplex microsatellite tool for conservation genetics of the endemic limpet Patella candei in the Macaronesian archipelagos: Patella Candei Microsatellites
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