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Gender female
Department Institut de Ciències del Mar
Passeig Marítim 37-49
Tel 34 3 2309556
Fax 34 3 2309555
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Degree PhD
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities Studies on ecology and dynamics of planktonic stages of marine fishes. Relationships between ichthyoplankton and the rest of plankton. Effects of hydrography on spatial and temporal distribution patterns of ichthyoplankton. Assessment of physiological condition of larvae. Studies on taxonomy and systematic of early life history stages of teleostean fishes. Ecology of reproduction of fishes. Studies on spawning areas and periods, and on the influence of environmental factors on the spawning strategies of adult fishes. Research mesopelagic fish species are occupying prominent place among my interests. I have been working both in biogeography and patterns of vertical migration and aggregations of this important group of fishes, and on their function in the marine food chains. I am currently working on the study mesopelgic fishes (both larvae and adults) collected across the Atlantic to study their role in carbon fluxes through the water column.

Catalan, French
Research Region 2, 3, 36, 71
Skills/Expertise Research skills include taxonomy and systematics of teleostean fishes, data analysis, assessment of larval nutritional condition and trophic ecology. Mesopelagic fish ecology.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. M. Pilar OLIVAR)

Bernal, A., M. P. Olivar, F, Maynou and M.L Fernández de Puelles. 2015. Diet and feeding strategies of mesopelagic fishes in the western Mediterranean. Progress and Oceanography doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2015.03.005
Peña, M, M. P. Olivar, R. Balbín, J.L. López-Jurado, M. Iglesias, J. Miquel. 2014. Acoustic detection of mesopelagic fishes in scattering layers of the Balearic Sea (western Mediterranean). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 71: 1186?1197
Olivar, M. P., A. Sabatés, F. Alemany, R. Balbín, M. L. Fernández de Puelles and A. P. Torres. 2014. Diel-depth distributions of fish larvae off the Balearic Islands (western Mediterranean) under two environmental scenarios. Journal of Marine Systems. 138: 127-138.
Valls, M., M.P. Olivar, M.L. Fernández de Puelles, B. Molí, A. Bernal and C.J. Sweeting. 2014. Trophic structure of mesopelagic fishes in the western Mediterranean based on stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen Journal of Marine Systems. 138: 160-170.
Bernal, A., M.P. Olivar and M.L Fernández de Puelles. 2013. Feeding patterns of Lampanyctus pusillus (Pisces: Myctophidae) throughout its ontogenetic development. Marine Biology. 160: 81-95. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-012-2064-9
Olivar, M.P., A. Bernal, B. Molí, M. Peña, R. Balbín, A. Castellón, J. Miquel, E. Massutí. 2012. Vertical distribution, diversity and assemblages of mesopelagic fishes in the western Mediterranean. Deep-Sea Research. Part I 62:53-69.
Holliday, D. L.E. Beckley, N. Millar, M.P. Olivar, D. Slawinski, M. Feng, P. A . Thompson. 2012. Larval fish assemblages and particle back-tracking define latitudinal and cross-shelf variability in an eastern Indian Ocean boundary current. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 460: 127?144. doi: 10.3354/meps09730).
Morote, E., Olivar, M.P., Bozzano, A., Villate, F and Uriarte, I. 2011. Feeding selectivity in larvae of the European hake (Merluccius merluccius) in relation to ontogeny and visual capabilities. Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-011-1654-2
Diaz, M. V., M. Pajaro, M.P. Olivar, P. Martos, G.J. Macchi. 2011. Nutritional condition of Argentine anchovy Engraulis anchoita larvae in connection with nursery ground properties. Fisheries Research, 109 (2011) 330-341
Olivar, M. P., E. Morote and M. Emelianov. 2010. Autumn overlapping of Sardina pilchardus and Merluccius merluccius early stages in the NW Mediterranean: distribution and diet. Rapp. Comm. int. Mer Médit., 39.
Morote, E., Olivar, M.P. Villate, F and Uriarte, I. 2010. A comparison of anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) and sardine (Sardina pilchardus) larvae feeding in the Northwest Mediterranean: influence of prey availability and ontogeny ICES J. Mar. Sci., 67. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsp302.
Gordoa, A. Olivar, M.P., A Revalo, R., Viñas, J., Molí, B. y Illas, X. 2009. Determination of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) Spawning Time within a Transport Cage in the Western Mediterranean. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 66: 2205-2210.
Olivar, M.P., Díaz, M.V. and Chícharo, M.A. 2009. Tissue effect on RNA:DNA ratios of marine fish larvae. Scientia Marina 73(S1): 171-182.
Holliday, D., L. E. Beckley, M. P. Olivar. 2011. Incorporation of larval fishes into a developing anti-cyclonic eddy of the Leeuwin Current off south-western Australia. Journal Plankton Research, 33(11): 1696-1708.
Bernal, A., Viñas, J., Olivar, M. P. 2014. Genetic support for the morphological identification of larvae of Myctophidae, Gonostomatidae, Sternoptychidae and Phosichthyidae (Pisces) from the western Mediterranean. Scientia Marina, 78(4): 461-471.
Olivar, M. P., M. Emelianov, F. Villate, I. Uriarte, F. Maynou, I. Álvarez and E. Morote. 2010.The role of oceanographic conditions and plankton availability in larval fish assemblages off the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean). Fisheries Oceanography. 19 (3): 209-229. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2419.2010.00538.x.

Group(s): GLODIR
Created: 1997-06-26 Last Updated: 2015-05-28 by M. Pilar OLIVAR