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MEBL in the meeting of the European Geoscience Union (Vienna, Austria)

April  2018

As it has been customary year after year, the capital of Austria hosted one of the most important events for Earth’s scientists of many areas (Biogeochemistry, Geophysics, Oceanography, etc…).

During almost a week, up to 4.776 talks and 11.128 posters were presented place in this spectacular, useful and rigorous conference. Of course, our laboratory could not miss the chance to update and share the most recent insights with other colleagues.

Three members of our research team, Prof. Alfonso Corzo, Dr. Miguel Lara and the PhD student Sara Haro flew to Vienna to attend the EGU 2018 General Assembly from the 8-13 April 2018. Presentations covered several aspects of the response of microphytobenthos to light and tidal conditions: Potential changes in the photosynthetic efficiency, the transitional effects of sediment desiccation and an innovative model of self-shading were the three topics exposed.  

More info and a downloadable version of the abstracts are linked here:

Effects of sediment desiccation (Oral presentation)

Photosynthetic efficiency (Poster)

Self-shading (Poster)

At the V International Symposium of Marine Sciences

Sara presented her work on the Gulf of Nicoya.

From 20th to 22th last July, our PhD student Sara Soria attended the V International Symposium of Marine Sciences at University of Alicante (Spain). She presented a poster titled “Microbial communities are coupled only in the dry season in a tropical estuary, Costa Rica“. The study focused on the distribution and abundance of phytoplankton and bacteria along the tropical estuary of the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica, one of the most productive estuaries of the world and an important fisheries area for Costa Rica.

Strong gradients of salinity and nutrients exist along the estuary whose intensity depends on season (rainy/dry). These interactions determine the fate of microbially transformed organic carbon and thus affect the productivity of the system. Furthermore, these complex interactions vary depending on biological and environmental factors. This information is crucial to manage effectively tropical estuaries, some of the most productive systems worldwide, which are under increased human pressure.