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María Antonieta López

María Antonieta Panamá López Hernández, Ph.D. student

Marine Holobiomics Lab

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35733
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709


Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Combined effects of ocean warm and microplastics on coral reef

  • Coral immune response and recovery

  • Coral reef biochemistry

  • Coral reef ecotoxicology

Scientific career

  • since 2021: Ph.D. student at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • 2018: Postgraduate student (MSc in Biological Sciences), Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela; thesis: “Detoxification in healthy corals, disease and zooxanthellae during and after stress by xenobiotics”
  • 2012: Undergraduate student (BSc Biology), Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela; thesis: "Characterization of colonies of Montastraea sp. for infrared spectroscopy (FTIR - ATR)"


  • Ph.D. scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (since 2021)