Alexandra Velasco

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In order to reduce time and cost of analysis, a new pressurised liquid extraction method that automatically and rapidly achieves quantitative and selective (i.e., lipid-free) extraction of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in biota tissues was optimized. It consists of on-line clean-up by inclusion of sorbents in the extraction cell. The freeze-dried sample(More)
An evaluation of water quality and phytoplankton composition position was carried out in order to determine the trophic conditions of Lake Patzcuaro (2035 m above sea level), a high altitude tropical lake. Temperatures ranged from 15 to 23 degrees C. Total phosphorus and inorganic nitrogen showed a seasonal variation; highest values coincided with the rainy(More)
Speciation analysis is nowadays performed routinely in many laboratories to control the quality of the environment, food and health. Chemical speciation analyses generally include the study of different oxidation state of elements or individual organometallic compounds. The determination of the different chemical forms of elements is still an analytical(More)
This paper addresses recent developments on Modular Snake Robots suited for applications on de-mining tasks. Inclusion of robotic platforms on the de-mining process will help tasks like the recognizance and perception of dangerous areas, minimizing human risk. As a mobile robot, the modular snake robot can move in a uneven terrain similar to a mined(More)
Concerning robotics, one topic of interest is locomotion and specifically non-conventional locomotion that can be oriented to design robots that could pass through different surfaces in an autonomous way, with the lower power consumption possible. An approach to it, is a modular snake robot in a closed chain configuration (as a rolling wheel) instead of a(More)
Spatial synchronization refers to similarity in temporal variations between spatially separated populations. Three mechanisms have been associated with the spatial synchrony of populations: Moran effect, dispersal and trophic interactions. In this study, we explored the degree of spatial synchrony of three wader species populations (Pied Avocet,(More)
In this paper, we investigate the role of variable stiffness in the reduction of the energy cost for mechanical systems that perform desired tasks. The objective is to assess the use of Variable Stiffness Actuation (VSA) by determining an optimal stiffness profile and the associated energy cost of performing a desired task. For the analysis we consider(More)
Plastic intake by marine vertebrates has been widely reported, but information about its presence in continental waterfowl is scarce. Here we analyzed faeces of waterbirds species (European coot, Fulica atra, mallard, Anas platyrhynchos and shelduck, Tadorna tadorna) for plastic debris in five wetlands in Central Spain. We collected 89 faeces of shelduck(More)
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