Mishal Cohen

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About me:

I am a Peruvian PhD student at both the Université de Mons and the Université Libre de Bruxelles since October 2013. I am currently studying how warming and acidification of the ocean affect the resistance to hydrodynamics in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus, through a eco-mechanical, behavioral, physiological and genetic approach. During 2012-2013, I got scholarships (UMons and CUIF-CUD)  that has permitted me to evaluate the variability  of attachment capacity and tube feet mechanical properties in the same sea urchin from habitats naturally subjected to different water velocities.

My master studies took place in France and my master internship Tenerife Island. So I study the effects of acidification and warming in fertilization and early stages of development in Paracentrotus lividus.

Even further in the past,  I worked in the UNF-UNESCO-CI Seascape project in which I evaluated echinoderms biodiversity in the oceanic Island of Malpelo, Colombian Pacific Ocean. I have to say that this experience had triggered my passion for echinoderms. I also participated in other projects doing some shark telemetry monitoring, phyto/zoo plancton sampling and crocodiles population census.


Eco-mechanics of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus in a changing ocean.

Tube foot adhesives and mechanical properties in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus in a range of seawater velocities.


PhD student (FRIA)