The Ecophysiology of Marine Organisms (EOMAR) group of the ECOAQUA University Institute, leaded by May Gómez Cabrera, was founded in 2008 thanks to the concern of some researchers from various disciplines of Marine Sciences, who looking for answer several questions in the field of Oceanography, allowing a better understanding of marine ecosystems.

It has been incorporating several lines of research into its structure, and currently focuses its work on the ecophysiology of marine organisms, enzyme biochemistry, marine pollution, the risk caused by microplastics to marine fauna, and the field of toxic algae and invasive species.

It is a group especially committed to the conservation of the marine environment and the dissemination of the results obtained, both at national and international congresses and through various actions aimed at society in general.

It is currently growing, adding laboratories, equipment and staff.  For now, the number of official members is 12, linked to various projects: IMPLAMAC, RESPONSE, LICEM, MICROPLEACH, CAPonLitter and EnviroPlaNet.

Its headquarters are located in the Ciencias Básicas building of the Tafira University Campus of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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  • May Gómez Cabrera

    Deputy Director of the IU-ECOAQUA and head of the EOMAR Group and also of the Doctoral School of the ULPGC, this professor is a specialist in Zoology. Her research lines are especially related to Ecology, Physiology and Biochemistry of Zooplankton. She has also studied the transfer of microplastics in the marine food chain.

    Academic position: Professor of the ULPGC

    Corporate email:
    may.gomez@ulpgc.es


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  • Alicia Herrera Ulibarri

    PhD in Marine Sciences by the ULPGC, her line of research focused on marine pollution by microplastics, and its transfer through food webs and the possible effects on marine organisms, for which she won the first award of the Telefónica Chair of the University of ULPGC. Co-founder of the Latitud Azul Association, she is particularly concerned with dissemination, with the aim of generating a change in environmental conscience.

    Academic position: Researcher contracted by IU-ECOAQUA (ICP1)

    Corporate email:
    alicia.herrera@ulpgc.es


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  • Rodrigo Almeda García

    PhD Almeda received the extraordinary end of degree award (Marine Biology, ULL) and the extraordinary PhD award (Marine Sciences, UB) and has worked as a contract researcher in the United States and Denmark. He is currently leader of the research line "Plankton ecology and marine pollution" at IU-ECOAQUA. He has been highlighted by prestigious research programmes at European (Marie Curie) and national (Ramón y Cajal) level. Currently, he focuses on the study of the effects of plastic additives on marine food webs.

    Academic position: “Ramón y Cajal" Researcher of Excellence

    Corporate email:
    rodrigo.almeda@ulpgc.es


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  • Ted Packard

    PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington, he currently teaches Ecosystem Oceanography in the Master's Degree in Oceanography at the ULPGC. His research interests focus on the Ecology, Physiology and Biochemistry of Plankton. Also in metabolism, respiration, ammonium excretion, and the growth and production of planktonic communities.

    Academic position: IU-ECOAQUA Researcher

    Corporate email:
    theodore.packard@ulpgc.es


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  • Emilio Soler Onís

    PhD in Marine Sciences from the ULPGC, he is accredited by the IOC-UNESCO as an expert in the identification of potentially harmful algae. His research focuses on the control and monitoring of changes in marine ecosystems in the Macaronesian region, climate change and organisms associated with microplastics, among other lines.

    Academic position: Researcher at the Canary Islands Harmful Algae Observatory (OCHAB), associated with EOMAR.

    Corporate email:
    esoler@fpct.ulpgc.es


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  • Ico Martínez Sánchez

    Researcher graduated in Marine Sciences from the ULPGC, and specialises in zooplankton ecology, physiology and biochemistry. Her lines of research concern metabolism, respiration, ammonium excretion and the growth and production of zooplankton communities. She has also carried out several projects on the transfer of microplastics in the marine food web.

    Academic position: Researcher contracted at IU-ECOAQUA (ICP2)

    Corporate email:
    ico.martinez@ulpgc.es


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  • Daniel Bondyale Juez

    This PhD has received the Extraordinary End of Degree Award of the Degree in Marine Sciences together with the Honourable Mention of the Science Category or the Extraordinary End-of-Degree Award of the Master's Degree in Oceanography of the ULPGC. His research is especially focused on respiratory metabolism in marine organisms such as invertebrates (crustaceans and cnidarians) and macroalgae.

    Academic position: Postdoctoral researcher at IU-ECOAQUA

    Corporate email:
    daniel.bondyale@ulpgc.es


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  • Vanesa Romero Kutzner

    Pre-doctoral researcher, with a degree in Marine Sciences from the ULPGC. She graduated with honours from the Master's degree in Oceanography at the same university.
    She studies the ecophysiology of marine organisms and metabolism in cnidarians (hydrozoans and scyphozoans).

    Academic position: PhD student of the ULPGC

    Corporate email:
    vanesa.romerokutzner@ulpgc.es


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  • Stefanie Reinold

    Pre-doctoral researcher working on marine ecology and microplastic pollution and its transfer to the trophic web. She has carried out studies on the accumulation of plastics in sediments and Ecotoxicology.

    Academic position: PhD student of the ULPGC.

    Corporate email:
    stefanie.reinold101@alu.ulpgc.es


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  • Juan Fernández Zabala

    Pre-doctoral researcher who studies the control and monitoring of changes in marine ecosystems in the Macaronesian region. His lines of interest also include harmful algal blooms, biogeography and biodiversity of macro/microalgae and cyanobacteria, invasive species, organisms associated with microplastics and their effect on pollution and climate change.

    Academic position: PhD student of the ULPGC.

    Corporate email:
    jfernandez@fpct.ulpgc.es


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  • Kevin Ugwu Hernández

    Pre-doctoral researcher with a degree in Environmental Sciences from the ULL, specialising in Auditing and Management of the Natural Environment. He studied a Master's degree in Oceanography at the ULPGC, where he was associated with the EOMAR group. He has presented several works at various national and international conferences, including the VII International Symposium on Marine Sciences. His line of research focuses on the study of the impact of microplastics on marine biota.

    Academic position: PhD student of the ULPGC

    Corporate email:
    kevin.ugwu101@alu.ulpgc.es 


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  • Marta Sampalo Morales

    Pre-doctoral researcher with a degree in Biotechnology from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville (UPO), with a Master's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Cadiz (UCA), specialising in the management of bioremediation projects, specifically, complex effluent treatments using microalgae technology. Her line of research focuses on the effects of microplastic additives on marine phytoplankton, in order to achieve a circular and environmentally sustainable system, especially with the oceans.

    Academic position: PhD student of the ULPGC

    Corporate email:
    marta.sampalo101@alu.ulpgc.es


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  • Alberto Navarro Molina

    Graduated in Veterinary with a master's degree in Animal Health and Food Safety from the ULPGC. He has completed the scholarship of the Inserta Program of the Fundación Universitaria de Las Palmas (FULP) with the position of veterinarian at the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de Tafira. He is currently working as a predoctoral researcher,  his main line of research is the impact generated by plastics on marine vertebrate fauna. 

    Academic position: PhD student of the ULPGC

    Corporate email:
    alberto.navarro106@alu.ulpgc.es


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News

21/09/2022
The ULPGC professor belongs to the University for more than 32 years, and his management team includes Dr. May Gómez...
07/07/2022
The event brings together researchers and professionals in marine sciences from all over the world to commemorate the...
27/05/2022
Oceanographer Vanesa Romero Kutzner, from the EOMAR Group of IU-ECOAQUA, led an investigation exposing the jellyfish...

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On 21/09/2022 the final proclamation of the elected candidate for Director of the IU-ECOAQUA has been published.

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On 29/07/2022 the final proclamation of candidates for Director of IU-ECOAQUA has been published.

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