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Mikel Latasa

Research Scientist
Phone: +34 985 309 801

Research interests

Role of marine phytoplankton groups that can be identified by their pigment markers in biogeochemical cycles.
Grazing rates on phytoplankton groups by microzooplankton based on dilution methods.
Effects of nutrient availability on phytoplankton groups growth rates.
Chromatographic analysis of phytoplankton pigments.
Export of organic matter and organisms using sediment traps.
Mediterranean Sea open ocean oceanography.
Coastal time-series.


    • Research Scientist at Centro Oceanográfico de Gijón (IEO), Gijón, 2009-today
    • Research Scientist at Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona, 1996-2009.
    • Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA, Nov 1994-Sep 1996.
    • Postdoctoral fellow (CSIC) at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA (advisor: Robert Bidigare), Nov 1992-Oct 1994.
    • PhD in Biology, Barcelona University, (advisor: Marta Estrada), June 1991.
    • Biology degree, Barcelona University, June 1986.

    • A. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez and M. Latasa. Pigment-based measurements of phytoplankton rates. 2011. In "Phytoplankton pigments: characterization, chemotaxonomy, and applications in oceanography", Roy, S., Llewellyn, C. A., Egeland, E. S. and Johnsen, G., editores. pp: 472-495. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN-13: 978-1-107-00066-7
    • E. Marañón, P. Cermeño, M. Latasa, R. Tadonléké. 2012. Temperature, resources, and phytoplankton size structure in the ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, 57(5): 1266–1278. doi:10.4319/lo.2012.57.5.1266
    • A. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M. Latasa, S. Agustí, C. Duarte. 2011. Distribution and contribution of major phytoplankton groups to carbon cycling across contrasting conditions of the subtropical northeast Atlantic Ocean.Deep-Sea Research I, 58: 1115-1129. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2011.08.003
    • A. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M. Latasa, R. Scharek, R. Massana, G. Vila, J. M. Gasol. 2011. Growth and grazing rate dynamics of major phytoplankton groups in an oligotrophic coastal site. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, 95: 77-87. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.08.008
    • A. Palanques, P. Puig, J. Guillen, X. Durrieu de Madron, M. Latasa, R. Scharek, and J. Martin. 2011. Effects of storm events on the shelf-to-basin sediment transport in the southwestern end of the Gulf of Lions (Northwestern Mediterranean). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 11: 843-850. doi:10.5194/nhess-11-843-2011
    • M. L. Cuvelier, A. E. Allen, A. Monier, J. P. McCrow, M. Messié, S. G. Tringe, T. Woyke, R. Welsh, T. Ishoey, J.-H. Lee, B. J. Binder, C. L. DuPont, M. Latasa, C. Guigand, K. R. Buck, J. Hilton, M. Thiagarajan, E. Caler, B. Read, R. S. Lasken, F. P. Chavez and A. Z. Worden. 2010. Targeted metagenomics and ecology of globally important uncultured eukaryotic phytoplankton. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107: 14679-14684.
    • J. Salat, P. Puig and M. Latasa. 2010. Violent storms within the Sea: dense water formation episodes in the NW Mediterranean. Advances in Geosciences, 26: 53–59., doi:10.5194/adgeo-26-53-2010.
    • M. Latasa, R. Scharek, M. Vidal, G. Vila-Reixach, A. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M. Emelianov and J.M. Gasol. 2010. Preferences of phytoplankton groups for waters of different trophic status in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 407: 27-42. doi: 10.3354/meps08559.
    • A. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M. Latasa, M. Estrada and C. Marrasé. 2010. Carbon fluxes through major phytoplankton groups during the spring bloom and post-bloom in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Deep-Sea Research I, 57: 486-500. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2009.12.013.
    • A. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M. Latasa, B. Mourre and E.A. Laws. 2009. Coupling between growth and microzooplankton grazing in dilution experiments: potential artefacts. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 383: 1-9. (Feature Article). doi: 10.3354/meps08005.
    • P. Puig, A. Palanques, J. Font, J. Salat, M. Latasa, R. Scharek. 2009. Interactions between open-sea convection and shelf cascading dense waters in the formation of the Western Mediterranean Deep Water. In: Briand, F. (Ed.) CIESM Workshop Monographs N 38 "Dynamics of Mediterranean Deep Waters": 81-89.
    • A. Palanques, P. Puig, M. Latasa, R. Scharek. 2009. Deep sediment transport induced by storms and dense shelf-water cascading in the northwestern Mediterranean basin. Deep-Sea Reserarch I, 56: 425-434. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2008.11.002
    • F. Not, M. Latasa, R. Scharek, M. Viprey, P. Karleskind, V. Balagué, I. Ontoria, A. Cumino, E. Goetze, D. Vaulot, and R. Massana. 2008. Phytoplankton diversity across the Indian Ocean: a focus on picoeukaryotes. Deep-Sea Reserarch I, 55: 1456-1473. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2008.06.007
    • J. M. González, B. Fernández-Gómez, A. Fernàndez-Guerra, L. Gómez-Consarnau, O. Sánchez, M. Coll-Lladó, J. del Campo, L. Escudero, R. Rodríguez-Martínez, L. Alonso-Sáez, M. Latasa, I. Paulsen, O. Nedashkovskaya, I. Lekunberri, J. Pinhassi and C. Pedrós-Alió. 2008. Genome analysis of the proteorhodopsin-containing marine bacterium Polaribacter sp. MED152 (Flavobacteria). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105: 8724-8729.
    • J. Company, P. Puig, F. Sardà, A, Palanques, M. Latasa and R. Scharek. 2008. Climate influence on deep sea populations. PLoS ONE, 3, e1431. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001431. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. Scharek and M. Latasa. 2007. Growth, grazing and carbon flux of high and low nucleic acid bacteria differ in surface and deep chlorophyll maximum layers in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 46, 153-161. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa. 2007. Improving estimations of phytoplankton class abundances using Chemtax. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 329, 13-21. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • S. Rossi, A. Sabatés, M. Latasa and E. Reyes. 2006. Lipid biomarkers and trophic linkages between phytoplankton, zooplankton and anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) larvae in the NW Mediterranean. Journal of Plankton Research, 28 (6), 551-562. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • F. Not, R. Massana, M. Latasa, D. Marie, C. Colson, W. Eikrem, C. Pedros-Alio, D. Vaulot and N. Simon. 2005. Late summer community composition and abundance of photosynthetic picoeukaryotes in Norwegian and Barents seas. Limnology and Oceanography, 50, 1677-1686. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • Book review by M. Latasa. 2005. "Borja, A. and M. Collins (eds.). 2004. Oceanography and Marine Environment of the Basque Country. Elsevier Oceanographic Series. Amsterdam, 616 pp.". Scientia Marina, 69 (1), 183-186. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, X. Morán, R.Scharek and M. Estrada. 2005. Estimating the carbon flux through main phytoplankton groups in the NW Mediterranean. Limnology and Oceanography, 50, 1447-1458. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • W. Eikrem, K. Romari, F. Le Gall, M. Latasa, J. Throndsen and D. Vaulot. Florenciella parvula gen. and sp. nov. (Dictyochophyceae, Heterokontophyta) a small flagellate isolated from the English Channel. 2004. Phycologia, 43, 6, 658-668. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, R. Scharek, F. Le Gall and L. Guillou. 2004. Pigments suites and taxonomic groups in Prasinophyceae. Journal of Phycology, 40, 1149-1155. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • F. Not, M. Latasa, D. Marie, T. Cariou, D. Vaulot and N. Simon. 2004. A Single Species, Micromonas pusilla Prasinophyceae), dominates the eukaryotic picoplankton in the Western English Channel. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 70 (7), 4064-4072. (Ask pdf to the author))
    • K. van Lenning, I. Probert, M. Latasa, M. Estrada and J. R. Young. 2004. Pigment diversity of coccolithophores in relation to taxonomy, phylogeny and ecological preferences. In: Coccolithophores, from Molecular Processes to Global Impact, (Thierstein, H. R.and Young, J. R., Eds.), 565 p., Springer, pp. 51-74. ISBN: 3-540-21928-5. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • K. van Lenning, M. Latasa, M. Estrada, A. G. Saez, L. Medlin, I. Probert, B. Veron and J. Young. Pigment signatures and phylogenetic relationships of the Pavlovophyceae (Haptophyta). 2003. Journal of Phycology, 39, 1-12. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, K. van Lenning, J. L. Garrido, R. Scharek, M. Estrada, F. Rodríguez and M. Zapata. 2001. Losses of chlorophylls and carotenoids in aqueous acetone and methanol extracts prepared for RPHPLC analysis of pigments. Chromatographia, 53, 385-391. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. T. Barber, J. Marra, R. R. Bidigare, L. A. Codispoti, D. Halpern, Z. Johnson, M. Latasa, R. Goericke and S. L. Smith. Primary productivity and its regulation in the Arabian Sea during 1995. 2001. Deep-Sea Research II, 48, 1127-1172. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. R. Landry, J. Constantinou, M. Latasa, S. L. Brown, R. R. Bidigare, M. E. Ondrusek. 2000. The biological response to iron fertilization in the eastern equatorial Pacific (IronEx II). III. Dynamics of phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 201, 57-72. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. R. Bidigare, K. L. Hanson, K. Buesseler, S. G. Wakeham, K. H. Freeman, R. D. Pancost, F. J. Millero, P. Steinberg, B. N. Popp, M. Latasa, M. R. Landry and E. A. Laws. 1999. Iron-stimulated changes in 13C fractionation and export by equatorial Pacific phytoplankton. Paleoceanography, 14: 589-595. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa. R. Bidigare, M. Ondrusek and M. Kennicutt II. 1999. On the measurement of pigment concentrations by monochromator and diode-array spectrophotometers. Marine Chemistry, 66: 253-254. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. Scharek, M. Latasa, D. M. Karl and R. R. Bidigare. 1999. Temporal variations in diatom abundance and downward vertical flux in the oligotrophic North Pacific gyre. Deep-Sea Research I, 46: 1051-1075. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa and R. R. Bidigare. 1998. A comparison of phytoplankton populations of the Arabian Sea during the Spring Intermonsoon and Southwest Monsoon of 1995 as described by HPLC-analyzed pigments. Deep-Sea Research II, 45: 2133-2170. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. A. Andersen, D. Potter, R. R. Bidigare, M. Latasa, K. Rowan and J. O'Kelly. 1998. Characterization and phylogenetic position of the enigmatic golden alga Phaeothamnion confervicola: ultrastructure, pigment composition and partial SSU rDNA sequence. Journal of Phycology, 34: 286-298. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • H. R. DeYoe, D. A. Stockwell, R. R. Bidigare, M. Latasa, C. W. Johnson, P. E. Hargraves and C. A. Suttle. 1997. Description of the algal species Aureomonas lagunensis gen. et sp. nov. and suggested designment of Aureococcus anophagefferns based on ultrastructural and pigment data. Journal of Phycology, 33:1042 1048. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. P. Stephens, D. C. Kadko, C. R. Smith and M. Latasa. 1997. Chlorophyll-a and pheopigments as tracers of labile organic carbon at the Central Equatorial Pacific seafloor. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 61: 4605-4619. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Vidal, J. A. Morguí, M. Latasa, J. Romero and J. Camp. 1997. Factors controlling seasonal variability of benthic ammonium release and oxygen uptake in Alfacs Bay (Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean). Hydrobiologia, 350: 169-178. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. R. Bidigare, M. Latasa, Z. Johnson, R. T. Barber, C. C. Trees and W. M. Balch. 1997. Observations of Synechococcus-dominated cyclonic eddy in open-oceanic waters of the Arabian Sea. SPIE, Ocean Optics XIII, 2963: 260-265. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, M. R. Landry, L. Schlüter and R. R. Bidigare. 1997. Pigment-specific growth and grazing rates in the equatorial Pacific as measured by the dilution technique. Limnology and Oceanography, 42: 289-298. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • H. Maske and M. Latasa. 1997. Solar UV radiation dependent decrease of particle light absorption and pigments in lake phytoplankton. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciencies, 54: 697-704. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • R. A. Andersen, R. R. Bidigare, M. D. Keller and M. Latasa. 1996. A comparison of HPLC pigment signatures and electron microscopic observations for oligotrophic waters of the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Deep-Sea Research II, 43: 517-538. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, R. R. Bidigare, M. Ondrusek, C. S. Kennicutt II. 1996. HPLC analysis of algal pigments: a comparison exercise among laboratories and recommendations for improved analytical performance. Marine Chemistry, 51: 315-324. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • C. Pedrós-Alió, R. Massana, M. Latasa, J. García Cantizano and J. M. Gasol. 1995. Predation by ciliates on a metalimnetic Cryptomonas peak: Feeding rates, impact and effects of vertical migrations. Journal of Plankton Research, 17: 2131-2154. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa. 1995. Pigment composition of Heterocapsa sp. and Thalassiosira weissflogii growing in batch cultures under different irradiances. Scientia Marina, 59: 25-37. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • F. Chavez, K. R. Buck, R. R. Bidigare, D. M. Karl, D. Hebel, M. Latasa, L. Campbell, J. Newton. 1995. On the chlorophyll a retention properties of glass-fiber GF/F filters. Limnology and Oceanography, 40: 428-433. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • J. Martin, K. H. Coale, K. S. Johnson, S. E. Fitzwater, R. M. Gordon, S. J. Tanner, C. N. Hunter, V. A. Elrod, J. L. Nowicki, T. L. Coley, R. T. Barber, S. Lindley, A. J. Watson, K. Van Scoy, C. S. Law, M. I. Liddicoat, R. Ling, T. Stanton, J. Stockel, C. Collins, A. Anderson, R. Bidigare, M. Ondrusek, M. Latasa, F. J. Millero, K. Lee, W. Yao, J. Z. Zhang, G. Friederich, C. Sakamoto, F. Chavez, K. Buck, Z. Kolber, R. Geene, P. Falkowski, S. W. Chisholm, F. Hoge, R. Swift, J. Yungel, S. Turner, P. Nighttingale, A. Hatton, P. Liss and N. W. Tindale. 1994. Testing the iron hypothesis in ecosystems of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Nature, 371: 123-129. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • E. Berdalet and M. Latasa and M. Estrada. 1994. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus starvation on nucleic acid and protein content of Heterocapsa sp. Journal of Plankton Research 16: 303-316. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa and E. Berdalet. 1994. Effect of nitrogen or phosphorus starvation on pigment composition of cultured Heterocapsa sp. Journal of Plankton Research, 16: 83-94. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Estrada, C. Marrasé, M. Latasa, E. Berdalet, M. Delgado and T. Riera. 1993. Variability of deep chlorophyll maximum characteristics in the Northwestern Mediterranean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 92: 289-300. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, M. Estrada and M. Delgado. 1992. Plankton pigment relationships in the Northwestern Mediterranean during stratification. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 88: 61-73. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • B. M. A. Kroon, M. Latasa, B. Ibelings and L. R. Mur. 1992. The effect of dynamic light regimes on Chlorella: I. Pigments and cross sections. Hydrobiologia, 238: 71-78. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Latasa, E. Berdalet and M. Estrada. 1992 Variations in Heterocapsa triquetra and Olisthodiscus luteus grown in 12:12 light:dark cycles II. Changes in pigment composition. Hydrobiologia, 238: 149-157. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • E. Berdalet, M. Latasa and M. Estrada. 1992. Variations in Heterocapsa triquetra and Olisthodiscus luteus grown in 12:12 light:dark cycles. I. Cell cycle and nucleic acid composition. Hydrobiologia, 238: 139-147. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Vidal, J. A. Morguí, M. Latasa, J. Romero and J. Camp. 1992. Factors controlling variability in ammonium release within an estuarine bay (Alfacs Bay, Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean). Hydrobiologia, 235/236: 519-525. (Ask pdf to the author)
    • M. Delgado, M. Latasa and M. Estrada. 1992. Variability in the size-fractionated distribution of phytoplankton across the Catalan Front of the north-west Mediterranean. Journal of Plankton Research, 14: 753-771. (Ask pdf to the author)

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