IP: Dra. Esther Garcés

Dra. Esther Garcés

I have a PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Barcelona. As a marine biologist, I am interested in plankton dynamics and physical-biological interactions in marine systems, particularly noxious and toxic phytoplankton species, their abundance and activity, and the ecosystem effects of their proliferations. This involves the study of these species and the factors that regulate their abundance. My research also examines the factors that regulate the community structure (functional and taxonomic) of microorganisms, and how physical and chemical changes in the marine environment influence the planktonic community. The focus of my studies has been the coastal environment and nearshore HABs in the Mediterranean Sea, including investigations into the life cycles and strategies of these species, empirical measures of their growth and loss rates, and their cell cycle dynamics, and the compilation of databases regarding organism abundance. The techniques used for this purpose include working with cultured microalgae clones and natural populations, microscopy (optical, scanning, transmission), image analysis, flow cytometry and fluorescent probes.


E-mail: esther@icm.csic.es

Highlighted publications:

  • Garcés E., Zingone, A., Montresor, M., Regera B. and Dale, B. (eds) (2002). LIFEHAB: Life history of microalgal species causing harmful blooms. European Commission. Research in Enclosed Seas series-12. Brussels.
  • Garcés, E., Montresor, M., Lewis, J., Rengefors, K., Anderson, D.M., Brath, H. (2010) Preface for the special issue on Phytoplankton Life Cycles and Their Impacts on the Ecology of Harmful Algal Bloom. Deep Sea Research Part II- Topical Studies in Oceanography 57(3-4), 159
  • Stolte, W. and Garcés, E. (2006) Ecological aspects of Harmful Algal in situ population growth rates. In E. Graneli and J.T. Turner (eds.) Ecology of Harmful Algae. Springer Verlag. pp: 139-152.
  • Garcés, E., Bravo, I., Vila, M., Figueroa, R., Masó, M., Sampedro, N. (2004). Relationship between vegetative cells and cyst production during Alexandrium minutum bloom in Arenys de Mar harbour (NW Mediterranean). Journal of Plankton Research 26 (6): 637-645.
  • Figueroa, R. I., Garcés, E., Massana, R. and Camp, J. (2008) First description of the dinoflagellate parasite Parvilucifera sinerae sp. nov. (Perkinsozoa) and of its host–specific and strain selective mechanism of infection. Protist, 159, 563-578

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