Research group

Plankton Ecology and Ocean Health

Plankton Ecology and Ocean Health

Advancing in our understanding of marine pelagic ecosystems

Plankton ecology diagram

The Plankton Ecology and Ocean Health group pursues to advance the knowledge of the marine pelagic ecosystems, promote novel research, and foster social awareness of the importance of protecting ocean health, as it is intrinsically linked to human health. Our main research focuses on studying the interplay between meteorological and hydrographical variability, the structure and dynamics of plankton communities, and the cycling of key chemical elements in the ocean. We investigate the response of plankton ecosystems to ocean warming, stratification, acidification, atmospheric deposition, continental runoff and pollution, and explore solutions to abate anthropogenic impacts. We use a wide array of laboratory techniques, innovative experimental and field approaches, time series monitoring, remote sensing data analysis, and computer model simulations. By integrating all these approaches, we achieve a comprehensive understanding of ocean plankton ecosystems aimed to provide scientific bases for social and administrative / management actions for a healthy planet.

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Berdalet E. is Chair of Scientific Steering Committee, SSC of the internacional GlobalHAB Programe (Global Harmful Algal Blooms), SCOR (Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research)/IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO ( 01/01/2016-31/12/2019

Peters F. is Head of the Department of Marine Biology and Oceanography of the Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC, Barcelona)

Marrasé C. Is president of the Iberian Society of Ecology (SIBECOL) since July 2018.

Cèlia Marrasé. Member of the User Selection Panell of the European network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration (AQUACOSM) 2017-2020.

  • Marañón, Emilio; Lorenzo, María P.; Cermeño, Pedro; Mouriño-Carballido, Beatriz;

    Nutrient limitation suppresses the temperature dependence of phytoplankton metabolic rates

    ISME Journal 12: 1836-1845 (2018)
  • Rigual-Hernández, Andrés S.; Flores, José Abel; Sierro, Francisco Javier; Fuertes, Miguel A.; Cros, Lluïsa; Trull, Thomas W.;

    Coccolithophore populations and their contribution to carbonate export during an annual cycle in the Australian sector of the Antarctic zone

    Biogeosciences 15: 1843-1862 (2018)
  • Ortega-Retuerta, E.; Marrasé, Cèlia; Muñoz-Fernández, Ana; Sala, M. Montserrat; Simó, Rafel; Gasol, Josep M.;

    Seasonal dynamics of transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) and their drivers in the coastal NW Mediterranean Sea

    Science of the Total Environment 631-632: 180-190 (2018)
  • Calbet, Albert; Saiz, Enric;

    How much is enough for nutrients in microzooplankton dilution grazing experiments?

    Journal of Plankton Research 40(2): 109-117 (2018)