My principal research interests lie in the field of microbial plankton ecology, physiology and he role of the bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton on the marine carbon cycling. I have worked on the coupling, or uncoupling, between primary production and respiration processes and the influence of the community structure and environmental variables, such as temperature and dissolved organic matter, on the metabolic balance. My recent projects have involved research cruises, as well as microcosm and mesocosm experiments in the laboratory with cultured bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton organisms and natural plankton communities.
Currently I am investigating how much carbon is transferred from rivers into coastal areas of Great Britain and the changes in the composition of the dissolved organic matter along estuaries, as part of the Land Ocean CArbon TransfEr (LOCATE) project (https://www.locate.ac.uk/).
I am also part of the NERC funded REMAIN project (www.remainproject.com) and the Leverhulme Trust funded project “Marine bacterioplankton respiration: a critical unknown in global carbon budgets” (PI, Prof. Carol Robinson – University of East Anglia) that investigate the production of carbon dioxide by respiratory processes with especial emphasis on the contribution of marine bacteria to the total plankton community respiration.
I welcome enquiries from potential MsC and PhD students.
You can also find me on ORCID and my personal Twitter account is @e_garciamartin