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Details of Dr. Esther Garcés   


Gender female
Job title Tenured Reseacher
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas-Marine Science Institute, Barcelona ( CSIC/ICM)
ICM Divulga Bústia ICM Divulga Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC) Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49 Barcelona 08003
Nationality Spain
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Degree Phd
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities Studies of the marine phytoplankton biology and physiology: Field studies of in situ grothw rate patterns on dinoflagellates. Studies on the life history and funtional biology on dinoflagellates. Population dynamics of dinoflagellate blooms with physical and biological processes.Monitoring of harmful algae events. Alexandrium taylori Alexandrium catenella, Alexandrium minutum, Karlodinium veneficum, Karlodinium armiger
Working languages English, Spanish, Catalan
Skills/Expertise 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, the factors that regulate the community structure of microorganisms, and how physical and chemical changes in the marine environment influence these parameters.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Esther GARCéS)

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
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
Garcés, E., M. Vila, A. Reñé, L. Alonso-Saez, S. Anglés, A. Lugliè, M. Masó, and J.M. Gasol. 2007. Natural bacterioplankton assemblage composition during blooms of Alexandrium spp. (Dinophyceae) in NW Mediterranean coastal waters. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 46, 55-70.
Masó, M. and Garcés, E. (2006). Harmful microalgae blooms (HAB); problematic and conditions that induce them. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 53, 10-12, 620-630.
Penna, A. G. Fusco, E. Bertozzini, M.G. Giacobbe, M. Vila, L. Galluzzi, E. Garcés, A. Lugliè, M. Masó, M. Magnani. (2006) Monitoring of Alexandrium species in the Mediterranean Sea through a filter system - PCR assay detection method. (2006). African Journal Marine Science. 28(2): 241-243.
Garcés, E., M. Fernandez, A. Penna, K. Van Lenning, A. Gutierrez, J. Camp, M. Zapata. (2006) Characterization of NV Mediterranean Karlodinium spp. (Dinophyceae) strains using morphological, molecular, chemical and physiological methodologies. J. Phycology, 42, 1096-1112.
Figueroa, R. I., I. Bravo and E. Garcés. (2006) The multiple routes of sexuality in Alexandrium taylori (Dinophyceae) in culture. J. Phycology, 42, 1028-1039
López-Flores, R., Garcés, E., Boix, D., Badosa, A., Brucet, S., Masó, M. and Quintana, X. D. (2006). Comparative composition and dynamics of harmful dinoflagellates in Mediterranean salt marshes and nearby external marine waters. Harmful Algae. Vol 5/6 pp 637-648
Bravo, I., Garcés, E., Diogéne, J., Fraga, S., Sampedro, N. and Figueroa, R. I. (2006). Resting cysts of the toxigenic dinoflagellate genus Alexandrium in recent sediments from the Western Mediterranean coast, including the first description of cysts of A. kutnerae and A. peruvianum. European Journal of Phycology 41(3): 293-302.
Figueroa, R. I., Bravo, I., Garcés, E. and Ramilo, I. (2006). Nuclear features and effect of nutrients on Gymnodinium catenatum (Dinophyceae) sexual stages. J. Phycol. 42: 67-77.
Penna, A, Garcés, E, Vila, M, Giacobbe, MG, Fraga, S, Lugliè, A, Bravo, I, Bertozzini, E, Vernesi, C. (2005). Alexandrium catenella (Dinophyceae), a toxic ribotype expanding in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology 148: 13?23
Garcés, E, M. Vila, M. Masó, N. Sampedro, M.G. Giacobbe and A. Penna. (2005). Taxon-specific analysis of growth and mortality rates of harmful dinoflagellates during bloom conditions estimated by the dilution technique. Marine Ecology Progress Series 301, 67-79.
Basterretxea G, Garcés E, A. Jordi A, M. Masó M, Tintoré J (2005). Breeze conditions as a favoring mechanism of Alexandrium taylori blooms at a Mediterranean beach. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 32 (1-2):1-12.
Gasol J.M., Garcés, E. Vila M. (2005) Strong small-scale temporal bacterial changes associated with the migrations of bloom-forming dinoflagellates. Harmful Algae Vol 4/4 pp 771-781.
Figueroa, R. I., Bravo, I. and Garcés, E. 2005. Effects of nutritional factors and different parental crosses on the encystment and excystment of Alexandrium catenella (Dinophyceae) in culture. Phycologia 44: 658-70
Galluzzi, L., A. Penna, E. Bertozzini, M.G. Giacobbe, M. Vila, E. Garcés, S. Prioli, M. Magnani. Development of a qualitative PCR method for the Alexandrium spp. (Dinophyceae) detection in contaminated mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis). Harmful Algae (2005) Volume 4, Issue 6, 973-983
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.
Galluzzi, L., A. Penna, E. Bertozzini, M. Vila, E. Garcés and M. Magnani. (2004) Development of a Real-Time PCR assay for rapid detection and quantification of Alexandrium minutum (Dinoflagellate). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70 (2):1199-1206.
Masó, M., Garcés, E., and Camp, J. (2003). Drifting plastic debris as a potential vector for dispersing Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) species. Sciencia Marina 67 (1):107-111
Reguera B., Garcés E., Pazos, Y., Bravo, I., Ramilo, I., González-Gil, S. (2003) Cell cycle patterns and estimates of in situ potential division rates of dinoflagellates of the genus Dinophysis by a postmitotic index. Marine Ecology Progress Series 249:117-131
Garcés, E., Masó, M. and Camp, J. (2002). Role of temporary cysts in the population dynamics of Alexandrium taylori (Dinophyceae). Journal of Plankton Research 24: 681-686.
Garcés, E. and Masó, M. (2001) Phytoplankton potential growth rate versus increase in cell numbers: estimation of cell lysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 212: 297-300
Vila, M., Camp, J., Garcés, E., Masó, M. and Delgado, M. (2001) High resolution spatio-temporal detection of HABs in confined waters of the NW Mediterranean. Journal of Plankton Research, 23: 497-514
Vila, M., Garcés, E., Masó, M. and Camp, J. (2001) Is the distribution of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella expanding along the NW Mediterranean coast? Marine Ecology Progress Series 222, 73-83.
Vila M., Garcés E. and Masó M. (2001). Potentially toxic epiphytic dinoflagellate assemblages on macroalgae in the NW Mediterranean. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 26: 51-60.
Penna, A., Gangemi, E., Vila, M., Giacobbe, M.G., Garcés, E., Florean, S., and Andreoni, F. (2001). A preliminary survey of Ostreopsidaceae (Dinophyta) in the Mediterranean: molecular and morphological analyses of different isolates. Phycologia vol. 40, n. 4, supplement, pp. 51.
Garcés, E., Masó, M., Delgado,M. and Camp,J. (1999) In situ growth rate and distribution of the ichthyotoxic dinoflagellate Gyrodinium corsicum Paulmier, in an estuarine embayment (Alfacs Bay, NW Mediterranean Sea) Journal Plankton Research, 21,1977-1991
Garces, E., Maso, M. and Camp, J. (1999) A recurrent and localized dinoflagellate bloom in Mediterranean beach Journal of Plankton Research 21,2373-2391
Garcés, E., Delgado, M., Maso, M. and Camp, J. (1998) Life history and in situ growth rates of Alexandrium taylori (Dinophyceae, Pyrrophyta). Journal of Phycology 34, 880-887
Garcés, E., Delgado,M. and Camp,J. (1997) Phased cell division in natural population of Dinophysis sacculus and the in situ measurement of potential growth rate. Journal Plankton Research, 19, 12, 2067-2077
Delgado, M., Garcés,E., Vila,M. and Camp,J. (1997) Morphological variability in three populations of the dinoflagellate Alexandrium taylori. Journal Plankton Research 19, 749-757.

Group(s): HAB
Created: 2001-01-08 Last Updated: 2016-07-04 by Esther GARCéS