Ariadna Mecho is a researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS, Spain). She was awarded a PhD in Marine Science from the Institute of Marine Science in Barcelona (ICM, Spain). After that, she was a postdoctoral researcher for the Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Islands (ESMOI) at the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN, Chile) and for the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement- Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (LSCE-IPSL, Paris, France).

Her research is currently focused on analysing the impacts of climate change on mesophotic benthic environments (species living in the bottom from 50 to 150 m depth) on the South Pacific islands and seamounts. She studies, for example, how the species living on those islands will change their distribution according to future environmental changes. Her research also encompasses the taxonomy, distribution, and community composition of non-crustacean invertebrates (i.e., echinoderms) and how other anthropogenic impact concerns them, such as marine litter.

Currently, she has enlarged her research field to work with state-of-the-art Earth System Models, allowing her to have a better knowledge of how the environment of the species she studies works and how it will change in the future. The result of her research provides essential information for management plans that target the preservation and restoration of vulnerable marine habitats.