Isabel Ferrera

I am a microbial ecologist interested in understanding the diversity and function of microorganisms and the processes they carry out in different systems, from laboratory models to the natural environment. I completed a PhD at the Autonomous University of Barcelona working on the characterization of complex sulfide-oxidizing biofilms. Later, I joined an outstanding laboratory in the field of microbial ecology at Portland State University (USA) where I spent over 3 years working on the diversity and phylogeny of the Aquificales, an order of thermophilic Bacteria. In the last years, I have focused on the study of microbial biodiversity in marine systems in general, and particularly in the role of marine photoheterotrophs in ecosystem functioning while working at the Marine Sciences Institute in Barcelona. Currently I am part of the  Coastal Biological Processes Research Group and collaborate with the Aquatic Microbial Ecology Group in the Blanes Bay Microbial Observatory. Recently, I geared my research towards understanding the role of marine biodiversity in ecosystem health status.


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