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I obtained my PhD degree in biology from the University of Barcelona in 1992. During this period I studied the taxonomy and life cycles of cephalopods from the Benguela Current boarding on fishing vessels for varying periods totaling more than a year. This was when my interest in the sea began and my curiosity about this group of molluscs arose. Back then I always worked with dead animals collected mainly from bottom trawlers. Thus, aiming to observe live cephalopods and to known their biology and behaviour from controlled laboratory conditions I conducted my postdoctoral studies at the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls (1992-94) in collaboration with Dr Sigurd v. Boletzky. Here was where my interest toward understanding the biology of the embryos and larvae of cephalopods started, as from the first day I saw thousands of tiny octopus hatchlings swimming in a tank. This subject is my main research interest until now, trying to identify how environmental factors influence the early life of cephalopods. Since 2001 I am tenured scientist at the Institut de Ciències del Mar.
Publicacions Seleccionades i/o Característiques:
Villanueva R., D.J. Staaf, J. Argüelles, A. Bozzano, S Camarillo-Coop, C.M. Nigmatullin, G. Petroni, D. Quintana, M. Sakai, Y. Sakurai, C.A. Salinas-Zavala, R. De Silva-Dávila, R. Tafur, C. Yamashiro, E.A.G. Vidal, 2012: A laboratory guide to in vitro fertilization of oceanic squids. Aquaculture.
Lacoue-Labarthe T., R. Villanueva, C. Rouleau, F. Oberhänsli, J.-L. Teyssié, R. Jeffree, P. Bustamante, 2011: Radioisotopes Demonstrate the Contrasting Bioaccumulation Capacities of Heavy Metals in Embryonic Stages of Cephalopod Species. Plos One. Open acces.
R Villanueva ., D. Quintana, G. Petroni, A. Bozzano, 2011: Factors influencing the embryonic development and hatchling size of the oceanic squid Illex coindetii following in vitro fertilization. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.