Using Margalef’s vision to understand the current aquatic microbial ecology




aquatic ecology, integrated approach, succession, biogeochemical cycles, global change


Ramon Margalef was a pioneering scientist who introduced an interdisciplinary approach to ecological studies. His studies were among the first to incorporate various concepts in the literature of aquatic ecology, covering topics such as organisms, ecosystem interactions and evolution. To bring Margalef’s approach into current scientific studies, in this review we explore his vision of aquatic ecology within four interrelated fields of study: ecological theory, microbial diversity, biogeochemical cycles and global environmental changes. Taking inspiration from his studies, we analyse current scientific challenges and propose an integrated approach, considering the unifying concept of Margalef’s Mandala with the aim of improving future studies on aquatic microbial ecology.


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Borrero-Santiago AR, Dellisanti W, Sánchez-Quinto A, Moreno-Andrés J, Nemoy P, Richa K, Valdespino-Castillo PM, Diaz-de-Quijano D, Ontiveros VJ, Fontana S, Giner CR, Sanz-Sáez I, Mestre M. Using Margalef’s vision to understand the current aquatic microbial ecology. scimar [Internet]. 2022Apr.7 [cited 2022May22];86(1):e026. Available from:



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