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, focusing in marine ecosystems. I am a tenured scientist at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography in Málaga (Spain) where I lead a research line on the study of marine microbes as part of the Ecology of Plankton and Environmental Challenges CSIC research group. We are interested in studying microbial biodiversity in marine systems since it can provide information about their ecological status. I am particularly interested in the role of marine photoheterotrophs in ecosystem functioning. We work with other group members focused in the study of phytoplankton and zooplankton and recently we have started to collaborate with other teams in the study of the microbiome of echinoderms. Currently we focus, among other regions, in the Alboran Sea and in one of the most vulnerable marine ecosystems in our environment, the Mar Menor coastal lagoon. I am also the Secretary of the Iberian Society of Ecology (SIBECOL).


Contact: Dr. Isabel Ferrera, Centro Oceanográfico de Málaga, Instituto Español de Ocenografía. Puerto Pesquero s/n. Fuengirola, 29640, Málaga, Spain. Email:

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