The ecology of plankton in biological oceanography: a tribute to Marta Estrada’s task


  • Jordi Solé Institute of Marine Sciences, ICM-CSIC
  • Elisa Berdalet Institute of Marine Sciences, ICM-CSIC
  • Laura Arin Institute of Marine Sciences, ICM-CSIC
  • Lluïsa Cros Institute of Marine Sciences, ICM-CSIC
  • Maximino Delgado Institute of Marine Sciences, ICM-CSIC
  • Akira Kuwata Tohokku National Fisheries Research Institute, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency
  • Clara Llebot College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
  • Cèlia Marrasé Institute of Marine Sciences, ICM-CSIC



phytoplankton ecology, taxonomy, functional structure of plankton communities, physical-biological interactions


Plankton ecology has been the object of intense research and progress in the last few decades. This has been partly due to technological advances that have facilitated the multidisciplinary and high-resolution sampling of ecosystems and improved experimentation and analytical methodologies, and to sophisticated modelling. In addition, exceptional researchers have had the vision to integrate all these innovative tools to form a solid theoretical background in ecology. Here we provide an overview of the outstanding research work conducted by Professor Marta Estrada and her pioneering contribution to different areas of research in the last four decades. Her research in biological oceanography has mainly focussed on phytoplankton ecology, taxonomy and physiology, the functional structure of plankton communities, and physical and biological interactions in marine ecosystems. She has combined a variety of field and laboratory approaches and methodologies, from microscopy to satellite observations, including in-depth statistical data analysis and modelling. She has been a reference for scientists all over the world. Here, her contributions to plankton ecology are summarized by some of her students and closest collaborators, who had the privilege to share their science and everyday experiences with her.


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Solé J, Berdalet E, Arin L, Cros L, Delgado M, Kuwata A, Llebot C, Marrasé C. The ecology of plankton in biological oceanography: a tribute to Marta Estrada’s task. Sci. mar. [Internet]. 2016Sep.30 [cited 2024May26];80(S1):33-8. Available from:




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