Staff Researcher

Email: msala@icm.csic.es

Phone: (34) 93 230 95 00

Maria Montserrat Sala

I am researcher at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC). During my PhD at the Institut für Seenforschung in Langenargen, Germany, (1990-1994) and several stays at the Max-Planck-Institut für Limnologie in Plön (Germany) I focused on the role of microbial communities in the degradation of detritus in freshwaters. In 1994 I started working at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), since 2008 as a permanent scientist.

My main research interests at the ICM are the diversity and activity of microorganisms and their role in the biogeochemical cycles of the ocean, although lately the atmosphere has also fascinated me. In our research, my group applies molecular tools as Illumina or CARD-FISH and to determine the potential use of specific carbon sources we assess the activity of selected extracellular enzymes or the utilization of a large set of carbon sources in Biolog plates.

This is a selection of my latest research topic interests:

  • Characterization and quantification of airborne microorganisms in coastal areas
  • Effects of atmospheric inputs on the activity and diversity of marine bacteria
  • Impacts of ocean acidification on marine microbial communities
  • Functional diversity of microorganisms in the global ocean
  • The role of particles on the activity and diversity of marine microbes
  • Microorganisms in the deep ocean and nepheloid layers
  • Microlayers as a site of increased enzymatic activity
  • Antarctic microorganisms associated to contrasting phytoplankton blooms

 

FEATURED PAPERS


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E. Cerro-Gálvez, J.L. Roscales, B. Jiménez, M.M. Sala, J. Dachs, M. Vila-Costa
Water Research, 171, 115434. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.115434

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M. Zamanillo, E. Ortega–Retuerta, S. Nunes, P. Rodríguez–Ros, M. Dall’Osto, M. Estrada, M.M. Sala, R. Simó
Biogeosciences, 16, 733-749. DOI: 10.5194/bg-16-733-2019

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M. Sebastián, M. Estrany, C. Ruiz-González, I. Forn, M.M. Sala, J.M. Gasol, C. Marrasé
Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 1-12. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00760

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E. Cerro-Gálvez, M.M. Sala, C. Marrasé, J.M. Gasol, J. Dachs, M. Vila-Costa
Science of The Total Environment, 678, 486-498. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.361

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C. Ruiz-González, R. Logares, M. Sebastián, M. Mestre, R. Rodríguez-Martínez, M. Galí, M.M. Sala, S.G. Acinas, C.M. Duarte, J.M. Gasol
Molecular ecology, 28, 1930-1945. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15026

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M.M. Sala, J. Piontek, S. Endres, A.M. Romani, S. Dyhrman, A.D. Steen
Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 1463. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01463

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M.M. Sala, J. Piontek, S. Endres, A.M. Romaní, S. Dyhrman, A.D. Steen
DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88963-004-2

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M. Zamanillo, E. Ortega-Retuerta, S. Nunes, M. Estrada, M.M. Sala, S.-J. Royer, D.C. López-Sandoval, M. Emelianov, D. Vaqué, C. Marrasé, R. Simó
Science of The Total Environment, 691, 736-748. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.524

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M. Sebastián, J.C. Auguet, C. Restrepo-Ortiz, M.M. Sala, C. Marrasé, J.M. Gasol
Environmental Microbiology, 20, 713-723. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.14002

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E. Ortega-Retuerta, C. Marrasé, A. Muñoz-Fernández, M.M. Sala, R. Simó, J.M. Gasol
Science of The Total Environment, 631-632, 180-190. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.341

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M. Mestre, C. Ruiz-González, R. Logares, C.M. Duarte, J.M. Gasol, M.M. Sala
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115, 6799-6807. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1802470115

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E. Ortega-Retuerta, M.M. Sala, E. Borrull, M. Mestre, F.L. Aparicio, R. Gallisai, C. Antequera, C. Marrasé, F. Peters, R. Simó, J.M. Gasol
Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 2159. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02159

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D. Vaqué, J.A. Boras, F. Torrent-Llagostera, S. Agustí, J.M. Arrieta, E. Lara, Y.M. Castillo, C.M. Duarte, M.M. Sala
Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 1-12. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00241

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M. Mestre, E. Borrull, M.M. Sala, J.M. Gasol
ISME Journal, 11, 999-1010. DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2016.166

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M. Dall’Osto, J. Ovadnevaite, M. Paglione, D.C.S. Beddows, D. Ceburnis, C. Cree, P. Cortés, M. Zamanillo, S.O. Nunes, G.L. Pérez, E. Ortega-Retuerta, M. Emelianov, D. Vaqué, C. Marrasé, M. Estrada, M.M. Sala, M. Vidal, M.F. Fitzsimons, R. Beale, R. Airs, M. Rinaldi, S. Decesari, M.C. Facchini, R.M. Harrison, C. O’Dowd, R. Simó
Scientific Reports, 7, 1-10. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06188-x

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I. Marín, S. Nunes, E.D. Sánchez-Pérez, E. Txurruka, C. Antequera, M.M. Sala, C. Marrasé, F. Peters
Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 1-17.

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M. Mestre, I. Ferrera, E. Borrull, E. Ortega-Retuerta, S. Mbedi, H.-P. Grossart, J. M. Gasol, M.M. Sala
Molecular ecology, 26, 6827-6840. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14421

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J.M. Arrieta, C.M. Duarte, M.M. Sala, J. Dachs
Frontiers in Microbiology, 6, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01566

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M.M. Sala, F. Aparicio, V. Balagué, J.A. Boras, E. Borrull, C. Cardelús, L. Cros, A. Gomes, A. López-Sanz, A. Malits, R.A. Martínez, M. Mestre, J.M. Movilla, H. Sarmento, E. Vázquez-Domínguez, D. Vaqué, J. Pinhassi, A. Calbet, E. Calvo, J.M. Gasol, C. Pelejero, C. Marrasé
ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73, 670-679. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv130

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F. L. Aparicio, M. Nieto-Cid, E. Borrull, E. Calvo, C. Pelejero, M.M. Sala, J. Pinhassi, J.M. Gasol, C. Marrasé
Science of The Total Environment, 563-564, 179-189. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.108

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J.M. Gasol, C. Cardelús, X.A.G. Morán, V. Balagué, I. Forn, C. Marrasé, R. Massana, C. Pedrós-Alió, M.M. Sala, R. Simó, D. Vaqué, M. Estrada
Scientia Marina, 80, 63-77. DOI: 10.3989/scimar.04480.06E

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J. Bellés-Garulera, M. Vila, E. Borrull, P. Riobó, J.M. Franco, M.M. Sala
Scientia Marina, 80, 97-106. DOI: 10.3989/scimar.04405.01A

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J.A. Boras , D. Vaqué, F. Maynou , E.L. Sà, M.G. Weinbauer , M.M. Sala
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 154, 102-110. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.12.039

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F.L. Aparicio, M. Nieto-Cid, E. Borrull, E. Romero, C.A. Stedmon, M.M. Sala, J.M. Gasol, A.F. Ríos, C. Marrasé
Frontiers in Marine Science, 2, 1-14. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00106

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D. Vaqué, L. Alonso-Sáez, J. Arístegui, S. Agustí, C.M. Duarte, M.M. Sala, E. Vázquez-Domínguez, J.M. Gasol
Journal of Plankton Research, 36, 198-213. DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbt085

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B. Fernández-Gómez, M.M. Sala, C. Pedrós-Alió
Polar Biology, 37, 1321-1329. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1523-9

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H. Sarmento, C. Romera-Castillo, M. Lindh, J. Pinhassi, M.M. Sala, J.M. Gasol, C. Marrasé, G.T. Taylor
Limnology and Oceanography, 53, 1123-1135. DOI: 10.4319/lo.2013.58.3.1123

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Blanes Bay (Site 55) (2012)
J.M. Gasol, R. Massana, R. Simó, C. Marrasé, S.G. Acinas, C. Pedrós-Alió, C. Pelejero, M.M. Sala, E. Calvo, D. Vaqué, F. Peters
sp issue, 138-141.

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Determination of palytoxins in samples from Ostreopsis outbreaks in Llavaneres (NW Mediterranean coast) (2012)
P. Riobó, J.M. Franco, I. Bravo, S. Fraga, I. Ramilo, P. Rial, F. Rodriguez, M.M. Sala, M. Vila
33-35.

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Studies on cultures of Ostreopsis cf ovata: life cycle observations (2012)
I. Bravo, M. Vila, S. Magadán, P. Rial, F. Rodriguez, S. Fraga, J.M. Franco, P. Riobó, M.M. Sala
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C. Ruiz-González, T. Lefort, M. Galí, M.M.Sala, R. Sommaruga R. Simó, J.M. Gasol
FEMS Microbiology, Ecology, 79, 661-674.

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L. Mangialajo, N. Ganzin, S. Accoroni, V. Asnaghi, A. Blanfuné, M. Cabrini, R. Cattaneo-Vietti, F. Chavanon, M. Chiantore, S. Cohu, E. Costa, D. Fornasaro, H. Grossel, F. Marco-Miralles, M. Masó, A. Reñé, A.M. Rossi, M.M. Sala, T. Thibaut, C. Totti, M. Vila, R. Lemée
Toxicon, 57, 408-420. DOI: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2010.11.019

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M.M. Sala, J.M. Arrieta, J.A. Boras, C.M. Duarte, D. Vaqué
Polar Biology, 33, 1683-1694. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-010-0808-x

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J.A. Boras, M.M. Sala, J.M. Arrieta, E.L. Sà, J. Felipe, S. Agustí, C.M. Duarte, D. Vaqué
Polar Biology, 33, 1695-1707. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-010-0798-8

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J.A. Boras, M.M. Sala, E. Vázquez-Domínguez, M.G. Weinbauwe, D. Vaqué
Environmental Microbiology, 11, 1181-1193. DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01849.x

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M. Estrada, M. Bayer-Giraldi, J. Felipe, C. Marrasé, M.M. Sala, M. Vidal
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 54, 217-231. DOI: 10.3354/ame01268

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T. Tanaka, T.F. Thingstad, J.M. Gasol, C. Cardelús, J. Jezbera, M.M. Sala, K. Simek, F. Unrein
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 56, 81-91. DOI: 10.3354/ame01314

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L. Alonso-Sáez, E. Vázquez-Domínguez, C. Cardelús, J. Pinhassi, M.M. Sala, I. Lekunberri, V. Balague, M. Vila-Costa, F. Unrein, R. Massana, R. Simó, J.M. Gasol
Ecosystems, 11, 397-409. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-008-9129-0

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M.M. Sala, R. Terrado, C. Lovejoy, F. Unrein, C. Pedrós-Alió
Environmental Microbiology, 10, 942-949. DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01513.x

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M. Estrada, M.M. Sala, K. Van Lenning, M. Alcaraz, J. Felipe, M.J.W. Veldhuis
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 355, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2007.10.017

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El calentamiento global en el Artico (2008)
M.M. Sala, C.M. Duarte
Investigación y Ciencia, 378, 42-43.

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T. F. Thingstad, H. Havskum, U.L. Zweifel, E.Berdalet, M.M. Sala, F. Peters, M. Alcaraz, R. Scharek, M. Perez, S. Jacquet, G.A.F. Flaten, J.R. Dolan, C. Marrasé, F. Rassoulzadegan, A. Hagstrøm, D. Vaulot
Journal of Marine Systems, 64, 15-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.02.009

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M.M. Sala, J. Pinhassi, J.M. Gasol
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 42, 1-5. DOI: 10.3354/ame042001

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J. Pinhassi, L. Gómez-Consarnau, L. Alonso-Sáez, M. M. Sala, M. Vidal, C. Pedrós-Alió, J.M. Gasol
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 44, 241-252. DOI: 10.3354/ame044241

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M.M. Sala, M. Estrada, J.M. Gasol
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 44, 1-9. DOI: 10.3354/ame044001

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M.M. Sala, H. Güde
Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, 167, 351-369. DOI: 10.1127/0003-9136/2006/0167-0351

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D. Vaqué, J. Felipe, M. M. Sala, A. Calbet, M. Estrada, M. Alcaraz
Scientia Marina, 70, 59-65. DOI: 10.3989/scimar.2006.70n159

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F. Peters, L. Arin, C. Marrasé, E. Berdalet, M.M. Sala
Journal of Marine Systems, 61, 134-148.

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M.M. Sala, L. Arin, V. Balagué, J. Felipe, O. Guadayol, D. Vaqué
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 292, 13-21. DOI: 10.3354/meps292013

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M.M. Sala, V. Balagué, C. Pedrós-Alió, R. Massana, J. Felipe, L. Arin, H. Illoul, M. Estrada
FEMS Microbiology, Ecology, 54, 257-267. DOI: 10.1016/j.femsec.2005.04.005

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M.M. Sala, H. Güde
Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, 160, 289-303. DOI: 10.1127/0003-9136/2004/0160-0289

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J. Pinhassi, M.M. Sala, H. Havskum, F. Peters, O. Guadayol, A. Malits, C. Marrasé
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 70, 6753-6766. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.70.11.6753-6766.2004

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M.M. Sala, K. Jürgens
Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, 161, 371-389. DOI: 10.1127/0003-9136/2004/0161-0371

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H. Güde, P. Teiber, S. Rolinski, M.M. Sala
Limnologica, 34, 117-123. DOI: 10.1016/S0075-9511(04)80030-6

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A. Calbet, D. Vaqué, J. Felipe, M. Vila, M.M. Sala, M. Alcaraz, M. Estrada
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 259, 303-309. DOI: 10.3354/meps259303

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H. Havskum, T.F. Thingstad, R. Scharek, F. Peters, E. Berdalet, M.M. Sala, M. Alcaraz, J.C. Bangsholt, U.L. Zweifel, A. Hagström, M. Perez, J.R. Dolan
Limnology and Oceanography, 48, 129-140.

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L. Arin, C. Marrasé, M. Maar, F. Peters, M.M. Sala, M. Alcaraz
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 29, 51-61. DOI: 10.3354/ame029051

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M. Maar, L. Arin, R. Simó, M.M. Sala, F. Peters, C. Marrasé
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 29, 63-72. DOI: 10.3354/ame029063

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M.M. Sala, F. Peters, J.M. Gasol, C. Pedrós-Alió, C. Marrasé, D. Vaqué
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 27, 47-56. DOI: 10.3354/ame027047

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M.M. Sala, M. Karner, L. Arin, C. Marrasé
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 23, 301-311. DOI: 10.3354/ame023301
Ciliados marinos (2000)
M.M. Sala, D. Vaqué
Investigación y Ciencia, 291, 2.

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M.M. Sala, H. Güde
Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 20, 75-82. DOI: 10.3354/ame020075

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F. Peters, C. Marrasé, J.M. Gasol, M.M. Sala, L. Arin
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 172, 293-303. DOI: 10.3354/meps172293

PROJECTS

PLASMIC - Effects of conventional and biodegradable microPLAStics on marine MICrobial communities
Principal investigator: María Montserrat Sala
Funding entity: EU H2020 AQUACOSM Transnational AccessStart: 01/07/2019End: 31/12/2019
ANIMA - Aportes atmosféricos como fuente de nutrientes orgánicos y microorganismos en ecosistemas marinos
Principal investigator: Franz Peters
Funding entity: MINECOStart: 01/01/2016End: 31/12/2019
DOREMI - Remineralización de la materia orgánica en el océano: Limitaciones microbianas y biogeoquímicas
Principal investigator: Celia Marrasé
Funding entity: MINECOStart: 01/01/2013End: 31/12/2015
PEGASO - EMISIONES DE GASES Y AEROSOLES DERIVADOS DEL PLANCTON EL EL OCEANO AUSTRAL
Principal investigator: Rafael Simó
Funding entity: MINECOStart: 01/01/2013End: 31/12/2015
STORM - Structure of Organic Matter in the coastal ocean: biogeochemical and ecological implications
Principal investigator: María Montserrat Sala
Funding entity: MICINNStart: 01/01/2010End: 31/12/2013

THESIS SUPERVISED

Spatial and temporal patterns of marine prokaryotic diversity along the particulate matter continuum
Author: M. Mestre MartínSupervisor: J.M. Gasol, M.M. Sala
Institution: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran CanariaYear: 2017
Impact of viruses on baterial communities in marine ecosystems
Author: J.A. BorasSupervisor: D. Vaqué Vidal, M.M. Sala
Institution: Universitat de BarcelonaYear: 2010