Dr. Sonia Rey Planellas has a MSc in biodiversity and conservation ecology. Her PhD was on Animal Sciences: Behaviour and Ecology. Her first Post-doctoral research position was on an European Project on fish welfare (COPEWELL). She has been working in the field of behaviour, physiology and welfare of individuals and groups of animals for the past 10 years.
Dr. Sonia Rey research interests lie in: 1) the study of individual differences (stress coping styles) and how this affects multiple aspects of their life history: development, cognition,learning, fitness and survival; and 2) impact of environmental stressors (like temperature) on fish general performance. This questions are approached using behavioural, physiological and molecular biology tools.
She has been and is actually involved in multiple projects like COST action on fish welfare, Aquaexel research mission, AQUISOST (MEC-CENIT: Towards a sustainable aquaculture), AquaGenomics (MEC-consolider: development of biotechnological tools for aquaculture) and two different INIA projects (MEC) first one on stunning methods for seabream and the second on the characterisation of behavioural profiles (stress coping style) and their impact on reproductive success in Senegalese sole. Also a EU COPEWELL project aimed to provide a better understanding of underpinning mechanisms in the physiology, biology, and behaviour of fishes and their relationship to individual coping styles, environment and development. The over-arching aim is to improve fish welfare status across the EU (aquaculture, research facilities, etc).
Her current position is within the Health and Welfare group at the University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture as a senior Research Fellow. She is involved as a co-researcher in a DEFRA project on salmon fin damage and a SAIC project (Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Center) on vaccination protocols on salmon cleaning fish. She has been recently awarded with a cleaning fish (Lumpfish) project on health and welfare as a Principal Investigator.