Nagore Sampedro

Nagore SampedroMy work focuses on the study of toxic or harmful phytoplankton species and the problems caused by blooms of these species with respect to the environment and public health. This requires working at the different taxonomic levels (morphology, ultrastructural, molecular), and studies of the organisms’ spatio-temporal distributions as well as their population dynamics, including the respective regulatory factors, biotic and abiotic. My research also involves monitoring of the events caused by phytoplankton proliferations (foams, mucilage, respiratory problems of bathers, water discolorations, faunal mortality) and characterization of the species found in the NW Mediterranean.

As a member of the ICM’s PBL group since 2000, I have worked on the “Monitoring of Toxic and Noxious Phytoplankton” program, ' that is being carried out along the Catalan coast, and on diverse state and European projects related to HABs. As part of my Diploma of Advanced Studies in Ecology, I carried out a research project entitled "Ecological characterization of the harbor waters of the Catalan coast," which examined the quality of these waters with respect to their physico-chemical, and biological properties. Currently, I am completing my doctoral thesis, on "Alexandrium genus along the Catalan coast," as a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology of the University of Barcelona.



Highlighted publications:

  • Sampedro, N., Franco, J. M., Zapata, M., Riobó, P., Garcés, E., Penna, A., Cailleaud, A., Diogène, J., Cacho, E. & Camp, J. 2013. The toxicity and intraspecific variability of Alexandrium andersonii Balech. Harmful Algae, 25:26-38.
  • Sampedro, N., Fraga, S., Penna, A., Casabianca, S., Zapata, M., Grünewald, C. F., Riobó, P. and Camp, J. , (2011) Barrufeta bravensis gen. nov. sp. nov. (Dinophyceae): a new bloom-forming species from the northwest Mediterranean sea. J. Phycol. 47, 375-92.
  • Quijano-Scheggia S, Garcés E, Sampedro N, van Lenning K, Flo E, Andree K, Fortuño JM, Camp J (2008) Identification and characterization of the dominant Pseudo-nitzschia species (Bacillariophyceae) along the NE Spanish coast (Catalonia, NW Mediterranean). Sciencia Marina, 72 (2),343-359.
  • Sampedro N., Arin L., Quijano S., Reñé A. and J. Camp. (2007) Mucilage event associated to Gonyaulax fragilis in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Harmful Algae News Vol. 33: 10-11.