Dr. Ana del Arco

Research interest

My research interest is how communities and population respond to antrophic-driven environmental changes. I aim to disentangle the role of ecology-evolution interplay on community responses (rescue, divergent or cryptic) to chemical stress. 

  • Role of eco-evolutionary dynamics to buffer antropogenic changes
  • Community responses under chemical stress
  • Model microbial community of host-virus-virophage-bacterium
  • Complexity levels from laboratory to mesocosms experiments

since 2019


Principal Investigator on own DFG project

Postdoc at University of Konstanz

2017-2018 Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology 

Postdoc: Granada University (Spain)

Research stay: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany


PhD at the University of Jaén (Spain)

Research stay: Wageningen University, The Netherlands. And, Ohio Wesleyan University, USA


Master at the University of Kiel (Germany) – University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Research stay: Odum School of Ecology, USA


Diploma in Environmental Sciences. University of Jaén, Spain.

Study interchange: University of Austin, USA. And, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy

Publication list

Ana del Arco, Matthias G. Fischer and Lutz Becks. 2023. Evolution of virus and virophage facilitates persistence in a tripartite microbial system (preprint in BioRxiv). https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.01.31.526414

Ana del Arco, Lutz Becks and Inmaculada de Vicente. 2023. Population dynamics hide phenotypic changes driven by subtle chemical exposures: implications for risk assessments. Ecotoxicology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10646-023-02637-8

María Eugenia López-Valcárcel, Ana del Arco and Gema Parra. 2023. Sublethal exposure to agrochemicals impairs zooplankton ability to face future global change challenges. Science of the Total Environment. 873, 162020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162020

Ana del Arco, Gema Parra and Amy L. Downing. 2023. The response of freshwater plankton communities to temporal concurrence of agrochemical mixtures. Limnetica 42, 1. https://doi.org/10.23818/limn.42.14

Ana del Arco, Matthias Fischer and Lutz Becks. 2022. Simultaneous Giant Virus and Virophage Quantification Using Droplet Digital PCR.  Viruses. 14, pp.1056-1067. https://doi.org/10.3390/v14051056

María Eugenia López-Valcárcel, Gema Parra and Ana del Arco. 2021. Environmental disturbance history undermines population responses to cope with anthropogenic and environmental stressors. Chemosphere. 262, pp.1-9 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.12837

Ana del Arco, Inmaculada Álvarez-Manzaneda, Ana Funes, Carmen Pérez-Martínez and Inmaculada de Vicente. 2020. Assessing the toxic effects of magnetic particles used for lake restoration on phytoplankton: A community-based approach. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 207, pp.1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111288

Inmaculada Álvarez-Manzaneda, Francisco Guerrero, Ana del Arco, Ana Funes, Luis Cruz-Pizarro and Inmaculadade Vicente. 2019. Do magnetic phosphorus adsorbents used for lake restoration impact on zooplankton community? Science of The Total Environment, 656: 598 - 607. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.375

Ana del Arco, Gema Parra and Inmaculada de Vicente. 2018. Going deeper into phosphorus adsorbents for lake restoration: Combined effects of magnetic particles, intraspecific competition and habitat heterogeneity pressure on Daphnia magna. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 148: 513-519. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2017.11.001

Ana Funes, Ana del Arco, Inmaculada Álvarez-Manzaneda, Juan de Vicente and Inmaculada de Vicente. 2017. A microcosms experiment to determine the consequences of magnetic microparticles application on water quality and sediment phosphorus pools. Science of the Total Enviroment, 579: 245-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.120

Ana del Arco, Francisco Guerrero, Francisco Jiménez-Gómez and Gema Parra. 2016. Can a copper sulphate pulse below toxic threshold change plankton communities? Aquatic Ecosystems Health and Management Society, 19: 64-73. https://doi.org/10.1080/14634988.2016.1138791

Ana del Arco, Gema Parra, Andreu Rico and Paul J. van den Brink. 2015. Effects of intra- and interspecific competition on the sensitivity of aquatic macroinvertebrates to carbendazim. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 120: 27-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.05.001

Ana del Arco, Andreu Rico and Paul J. van den Brink. 2015. Effects of intra- and interspecific competition on the sensitivity of Daphnia magna populations to the fungicide carbendazim. Ecotoxicology, 24: 1362-71. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10646-015-1512-y

Ana del Arco, Francisco Jiménez Gómez, Francisco Guerrero and Gema Parra. 2015. Effects of nitrate concentrations within legal limits on natural assemblages of plankton communities. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 187: 1-10.  https://doi.org/10.1127/fal/2015/0727

Ana del Arco, Francisco Guerrero, Francisco Jiménez-Gómez and Gema Parra. 2014. Shifts across trophic levels as early warning signals of copper sulfate impacts in plankton communities. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 12: 493-503. https://doi.org/10.15666/aeer/1202_493503

Ana del Arco, Verónica Ferreira and Manuel A.S. Graça. 2012. The performance of biological indicators in assessing the ecological state of streams with varying catchment urbanization levels in Coimbra, Portugal. Limnetica, 31: 141-154.  https://doi.org/10.23818/limn.31.13


2021 Project “Microbial-mediated protection against virus infections” for the Independent Research Grant, Zukunftskolleg. University of Konstanz. Germany                                                                                                 

2020 Project “Chemicals and eco-evolutionary dynamics shaping communities” for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Germany.

2019 Project “Can evolution buffer the effects of anthropogenic changes?” for the Young Scholar Fund Bridge Fellowship. University of Konstanz. Germany.

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