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Yara Bernaldo De Quiros
Yara Bernaldo De Quiros

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My research interests focus in diving physiology both in humans and in marine mammals, although I am especially intrigued by the ability of marine mammals to dive so deep and for so long. My main interest is "the bends": how marine mammals avoid the bends, but also what could trigger the disease in marine mammals.

In recent years I've focused in developing diagnostic tools to distinguish between putrefaction gases and gases produced by decompression. These methods have been standardized. We can run samples from other stranding networks to help you with your diagnosis of gas emboli. In the publications tab you have a link to download the gas sampling protocol and a data collection sheet that might be of help. 

Currently, I am working on gas solubility in tissues and body size compartments of marine mammals.

Diving physiology, comparative physiology, marine mammal stranding response, necropsies and dissections, gas chromatography.


BSc, in Biology and environmental studies, University of Navarra, Spain, 2005. Ph.D., in Animal Health, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain, 2011, Antonio Fernández and Óscar González-Díaz, advisors. Postdoctoral investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA, 2011-2013, Michael Moore, advisor.  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), USA, 2013-present, Andreas Fhalman, advisor.

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