Department

Marine Biology and Oceanography

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:

FRANZ PETERS

Marine Biology and Oceanography

Our approaches include oceanographic cruises and other field sampling, laboratory experimentation, and modelling. We also support a series of multidecadal coastal time series in the Mediterranean. The department hosts 20 laboratories dedicated to specific techniques and methodologies, including the latest automated microscopes, flow cytometers, molecular ecology and bioinformatics equipment, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, radioactivity, culture facilities, environmental chambers, and makes extensive use the nutrient analysis and electron microscopy facilities. We train scientists from around the globe at all levels from pregraduates to postdocs in a friendly and collaborative working atmosphere. And we promote citizen science participation and science outreach activities of all kinds, including school visits, podcasts and news and social media.

Researchers at the Department of Marine Geosciences lead five research groups: Coelenterate Ecology, Ecology and Genomics of Marine Microorganisms, Littoral Biological Processes, Marine Biogeochemistry, Atmosphere and Climate, and Plankton Ecology and Ocean Health.

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Researchers
75
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126
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5318
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* Data from the last two years

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Highlights

2020, May 14. Dr. Clara Ruiz-González has been awarded the PIUS FONT I QUER prize by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans for her  project “Metacomunitats microbianes: la dispersió i la connectivitat com a factors determinants de la diversitat i la funció dels microorganismes aquàtics” (https://www.icm.csic.es/en/news/clara-ruiz-gonzalez-awarded-her-research-microbial-meta-communities).

2020, March 12. Dr. Cristina Romera has received the INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENT award by the program L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science for her studies on plastic degradation in the marine environment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mskudL9hAK0).

2019, February 4. The first meeting of the Iberian Society of Ecology (SIBECOL) is held in Barcelona from Feb. 4-7, 2019, with more than 700 attendees. Dr. Cèlia Marrasé is the founding president of SIBECOL since July 2018.

2018, October 15. Dr. Esther Garcés publishes the book 100 secrets dels oceans, together with Daniel Closa in Editorial Cossetània (https://www.cossetania.com/100-secrets-dels-oceans-2201).

2018, January 1. Dr. Joaquim Garrabou is the scientific coordinator of the marine citizen science platform Observadores del Mar (Sea Watchers, https://www.observadoresdelmar.es/).

Publications
  • How much is enough for nutrients in microzooplankton dilution grazing experiments?
  • Biologists ignore ocean weather at their peril
  • Cross-Shore Environmental Gradients in the Western Mediterranean Coast and Their Influence on Nearshore Phytoplankton Communities
  • EukRef: Phylogenetic curation of ribosomal RNA to enhance understanding of eukaryotic diversity and distribution
  • Dissolved organic carbon leaching from plastics stimulates microbial activity in the ocean
Projects
  • Novel roles of dimethylated sulphur in marine microbial interactions
  • Bringing the paradigm for marine pelagic production into the 21st century: incorporating mixotrophy into mainstream marine research
  • UNDERSTANDING TOP-DOWN CONTROL IN COASTAL BLOOM-FORMING PROTISTS: OPENING THE PARASITIC COMPARTMENT
  • RECONSTRUCCION DE GENOMAS MICROBIANOS MARINOS MEDIANTE METAGENOMICA, GENOMICA DE CELULAS INDIVIDUALES Y CULTIVOS
  • Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas
Contracts
  • Análisis de nutrientes inorgánicos (nitrato y fosfato) en agua de mar para el seguimiento ambiental de las aguas en el marco de la Red de Monitoreo el estado ecológico de las masas de agua costeras de la Demarcación Hidrográfica de les Illes Balears
  • DIFUMIC: Diversidad y función microbiana en sistemas acuáticos
  • Estudio de los mecanismos inhibidores de la descarga de los cnidocitos de las medusas: preferentemente Pelagia noctiluca
  • Controles para valorar la calidad de la serie de datos y medidas de nutrientes y clorofila-a de las aguas litorales de Catalunya.
  • REVISIÓ, TRACTAMENT I VALIDACIÓ EXPERTA DE DADES D OBSERVACIÓ DE MEDUSES A LES PLATGES DEL LITORAL DE CATALUNYAPER DURANT LA TEMPORADA DE BANY DEL 2018, I AVALUACIÓ DE LA PROPENSIÓ A LA PROLIFERACIÓ DE MEDUSES A LES PLATGES AL FINALITZAR LA TEMPORA