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I’m a marine biologist and my research seeks to apply marine community ecology to the conservation and restoration of Mediterranean marine ecosystems. Examples include incorporating an understanding of biodiversity patterns, species interactions, habitat-species linkages and quantifying the cumulative impacts of multiple stressors on marine ecosystems

Through this website I would like to show my work. Here you’ll find information about my research projects, publications and conferences.

Dr. Emma Cebrian.

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Sciences

Department of Environmental Sciences, Botany

Campus Montilivi S/N, Girona 17071

Catalonia, Spain

E-mail: emma.cebrian@udg.edu

Research interests: Marine Biology, Biodiversity, Global Change, Invasive species, Conservation Biology, Benthic marine communities

Research group: MedRecover, Marine Biodiversity Conservation Group

About me

My career as researcher has been devoted to the study of the organization of benthic marine communities, especially in the NW Mediterranean. These highly diverse communities allow to address a great number of relevant scientific questions dealing with the structure, the functioning and the main processes driving these communities. Mediterranean sublittoral rocky benthic communities are particularly sensitive to climate change, pollution and the spread of invasive species, among other disturbances. Currently, there is an increasing concern about the unexpected consequences on direct and potential combined effects of these disturbances on coastal communities. The study of these human impacts and their interactions has been pivotal in my career. I have focused in four different lines of research:

Publications

2017

  • Garrabou J, Sala E, Linares C, Ledoux JB, Montero-Serra I, Dominici JM, Kipson S, Teixidó N, Cebrian E,Kersting DK, Harmelin JG (2017). Re-shifting the ecological baseline for the overexploited Mediterranean red coral. Scientific Reports 7: 42404. DOI:10.1038/srep42404
  • Kersting, DK., Cebrian E Verdura, J., Ballesteros. E. (2017) A unique Cladochora caespitosa with unique ecological traits. Mediterranean Marine Sciences, 18(1): 38-42 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.1955
  • Thibaut T, Blanfuné A, Boudouresque CF, Personnic S, Ruitton S, Ballesteros E, Bellan-Santini D, Nike Bianchi C, Bussotti S, Cebrian E,Cheminée A, Culioli JM, Derrien-Courtel S, Guidetti P, Harmelin-Vivien M, Hereu B, Morri C, Poggiale JC, Verlaque M (2017) An ecosystem-based approach to assess the status of Mediterranean algae-dominated shallow rocky reefs. Marine Pollution Bulletin 117: 311-329 DOI: j.marpolbul.2017.01.029

2016

  • Blanquer A, Uriz MJ, Cebrian Eand Galand PE (2016) Snapshot of a Bacterial Microbiome Shift during the Early Symptoms of a Massive Sponge Die-Off in the Western Mediterranean. Front. Microbiol. 7:752. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00752
  • Cefalí ME, Cebrian E, Chappuis E, Pinedo S, Terradas M, Mariani S, Ballesteros E (2016) Life on the boundary: environmental factors as drivers of habitat distribution in the littoral zone.Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.01.043
  • Kersting D.K., Cebrian E,J Verdura, E Ballesteros. 2016. Rolling corals in the Mediterranean Sea. Coral Reefs. doi 10.1007/s00338-016-1498-9
  • Casas-Güell E, Cebrian EGarrabou J, Linares C, Baptiste JB, Teixidó N (2016) Structure and biodiversity of coralligenous assemblages dominated by the precious red coral Corallium rubrum over broad spatial scales.
  • Rattray A, Andrello M, Asnaghi V, Bevilacqua S, Bulleri F, Cebrian E, Chiantore M, Claudet J, Deudero S, Evans J, Fraschetti S, Guarnieri G, Mangialajo L, Schembri PJ, Terlizzi A, Benedetti-Cecchi L (2016) Effects of geographic distance, water circulation and environmental conditions in shaping the biodiversity of Mediterranean rocky coasts. Marine Ecology Progress Series. dai: 10.3354/meps11783

2015

  • Kersting DK, Cebrian E ,Casado C, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Linares C (2015) Experimental evidences of synergistic effect of warming and invasive algae on a temperate reef-builder coral.Scientific reports 5:18635
  • Linares C, Vidal M, Canals M, Kersting D, Amblas D, Aspillaga E, Cebrian E, Díaz D, Hereu B, Garrabou J, Navarro L, Teixidó N, Ballesteros E (2015) Persistent acidification drives major distribution shifts in marine benthic ecosystems.Proceedings Royal Society B, 282: 20150587
  • Casas E, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Cebrian E (2015) Structure and biodiverstiy of coralligenous assemblages over broad spatiala and temporal scales. Marine Biology 162:901–912
  • Arizmendi R, Linares C, Garrabou J, Antunes A, Ballesteros E, Cebrián E, Díaz D, Ledoux JB (2015) Combining genetic and demographic data for the conservation of a Mediterranean marine habitat-forming species PLoS ONE 10(3): e0119585 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119585.
  • Ling SD; Scheibling RE; Johnson CR; Salomon AK; Rassweiler A; Shears N; Connell SD; Norderhaug KM; Pérez-Matus A; Hernández JC; S; Blamey LK; Hereu B; Ballesteros E; Sala E; 34-Garrabou J; Cebrian E; Zabala M; Fujita D; Johnson LE (2015) Global regime shift dynamics of catastrophic sea urchin overgrazing. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.307: 2013-0269

2014

  • Kipson S, Linares C, Čižmek H, Cebrián E, Ballesteros E, Bakran-Petricioli T, Garrabou J (2014) Population structure and conservation status of the red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata (Risso, 1826) in the Eastern Adriatic Sea. Marine Ecology, doi: 10.1111/maec.12195
  • Vergés A, Tomas F, Cebrian E, Ballesteros E, Kizilkaya Z, Dendrinos P, Karamanlidis A, Spiegel D, Sala E. (2014) Tropical rabbitfish and the deforestation of a warming. Journal of Ecology, 45-52.
  • Friedlander A; Obura D; Aumeeruddy R; Ballesteros E; Church J; Cebrian E; Sala E (2014). Coexistence of low coral cover and near pristine fish biomass at Farquhar Atoll, Seychelles. Plos One, 9(1): 87359
  • Martin C. S., M. Giannoulaki, F. De Leo, M. Scardi, M. Salomidi, L. Knitweiss, M. L. Pace, G. Garofa, M. Gristina, E. Ballesteros, G. Bavestrello, E. Cebrian, A. Belluscio, V. Gerakaris, G. Pergent, et al. (2014). Coralligenous and maërl habitats: predictive modelling to identify their spatial distributions across the Mediterranean Sea. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep05073
  • Casado C, Kersting DK, Cebrian E, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Linares C (2014) Rapid recovery from injuries in the temperate long-lived coral Cladocora caespitosa. Marine Biodiversity. DOI 10.1007/s12526-014-0219-2

2013

  • Linares C, Cebrian E, Kipson S, Garrabou J (2013) Does thermal history influence the tolerance to future warming events by temperate gorgonians? Marine Environmental Research 89:45-52
  • De Caralt S, Cebrian E (2013) Impact of an invasive alga (Womersleyella setacea) on sponge assemblages: compromising the viability of future populations. Biological invasions 15:1591-1608
  • Teixido N, Casas E, Cebrian E, Linares C, Garrabou J (2013) Impacts on coralligenous outcrop biodiversity of a dramatic coastal storm. PLoS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0053742

2012

  • Joher S., Ballesteros E., Cebrian E., Sánchez N., Rodríguez-Prieto C. (2012) Deep-water macroalgal-dominated coastal detritic habitats on the continental shelf off Mallorca and Menorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean) . Botanica Marina. 55: 485-497
  • De Caralt S, Cebrian E (2012) Impact of an Invasive Alga (Womersleyella setacea) on Sponge Assemblages: Compromising the Viability of Future Populations. Biologica Invasions.15:1591-1608
  • Cebrian, E., Linares C., Marshall C., Garrabou J. (2012) Exploring the effects of invasive algae on the persistence of gorgonian populations. Biological Invasions. Biological Invasions 14: 2647–2656 DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0261-66
  • Linares, C; E. Cebrian, & Coma, R. (2012) Turf algae on Mediterranean gorgonian forests: assessing their effects on gorgonian recruitment and juvenile survival. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 452: 82-88 doi: 10.3354/meps09586
  • Cebrian E. & Rodríguez-Prieto (2012) Marine invasion in the Mediterranean Sea: The role of abiotic factors when there is no biological resistance. PloS ONE 7(2): e31135. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031135

2011

  • Kipson, S., Fourt, M., Teixido, N., Cebrian, E., Casas, E., Ballesteros, E., Zabala, M., Garrabou, J. (2011) Rapid biodiversity assessment and monitoring method for high diverse benthic communities: the case study of the Mediterranean coralligenous outcrops. PLoS ONE 6(11): e27103. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027103
  • Giakoumi, S., E. Cebrian, GD. Kkokkoris, E. Ballesteros & E. Sala (2011) The structure of shallow rocky sublittoral communities in the Cyclades, Eastern Mediterranean: relationships between fish, sea urchins and macroalgae. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 1: 1-10 doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.06.004
  • Cebrian, E., Uriz, MJ., Garrabou, J., Ballesteros E. (2011) Sponge mass mortalities in a warming Mediterranean Sea: Are cyanobacteria-harboring species worse off? PloS ONE 6(6): e20211. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020211
  • Tomas, F., Cebrian, E., Ballesteros E. (2011) Differential herbivory of invasive algae by native fish: temporal and spatial variability. Estuarine coast and Shelf Science 211: 27-34
  • Sales, M., Cebrian, E., Tomas, F., Ballesteros E. (2011) Pollution impacts and recovery potential in three species of the genus Cystoseira (Fucales, Heterokontophyta). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 92: 347-357
  • Cebrian, E., Ballesteros, E., Linares C & F. Tomás (2011). Do native herbivores provide resistance to Mediterranean marine bioinvasions? A seaweed example. Biological Invasions 13: 1397–1408

2010

  • Cebrian E. (2010) Grazing on coral reefs facilitates growth of the excavating sponge Cliona orientalis (Clionaidae, Hadromerida). Marine Ecology 31: 533-538
  • Cebrian E. & E. Ballesteros (2010). Invasion of Mediterranean benthic assemblages by red alga Lophocladia lallemandii (Montagne) F. Schmitz: depth-related temporal variability in biomass and phenology. Aquatic Botany. 92: 81-85.

2009

  • Cebrian E. & E. Ballesteros (2009). Temporal and spatial variability in shallow- and deep-water populations of theinvasive Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea in the Western Mediterranean. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. 83: 469-474
  • Ballesteros E., J. Garrabou, B. Hereu, M. Zabala , E. Cebrian, E. Sala (2009). Community structure and growth of a deep water stand of Cystoseira zosteroides (Phaeophyta) in the Northwestern Mediterranean. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. 82: 477-48

2007

  • Cebrian E., M.J. Uriz & X. Turon (2007). Sponges as bioaccumulators of heavy metals: spatial and temporal variations. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26(11): 2430-2439.
  • Cebrian E., Uriz, M.J. 2007. Do heavy metals play an active role in sponge cell behaviour in absence of calcium? Consequences in larval settlement. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 346: 60-65
  • Cebrian E., Uriz, M.J. 2007. Contrasting effects of heavy metals on sponge cells behaviour. Archives of Environmental Contamination and toxicology 53: 552-558
  • Ballesteros, E., Cebrian, E., Alcoverro, T. 2007. Mortality of seagrass Posidonia oceanica following meadow invasion by red alga Lophocladia lallemandii. Botanica Marina 50: 8-13
  • Cebrian E., Uriz, M. J.2007. Contrasting effects of heavy metals and hydrocarbons on larval settlement and juvenile survival in sponges. Aquatic Toxicology 81: 137-143

2006

  • Cebrian, E. & MJ. Uriz 2006. A facilitation example involving sponges: grazing on fleshy seaweeds by sea urchins enhances Cliona viridis abundance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 323: 83-89.
  • Uriz, M.J & E. Cebrian 2006. Presence of the genus Petrosaspongia Bergquist, 1995 (Porifera: Demospongiae) in the Atlantic with description of a new species 1209: 61-68.
  • Cebrian, E., R. Martí, G. Agell & M.J. Uriz 2006. Response to heavy metal pollution of the Mediterranean sponge Chondrosia reniformis Nardo. Environmental Pollution 141: 452-458
  • Ballesteros, E., Cebrian, E., Garcia-Rubies, A., Alcoverro, T., Romero, J., Font, X. 2007. Pseudovivipary, a new form of asexual reproduction in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Botanica Marina 48: 175-177.

2004

  • Cebrian, E. & E. Ballesteros 2004. Zonation patterns of benthic communities in La Herradura (Alboran Sea. Western Mediteranean). Scientia Marina 68:69-84.
  • Cebrian, E., Uriz, MJ., Martí R. and X. Turon 2003. Sublethal effects of contamination on the Mediterranean sponge Crambe crambe: copper accumulation and biological responses. Marine Pollution Bulletin 46: 1273-1284.
  • Agell, G., Uriz, MJ., Cebrian E., Martí, R 2003. Does stress protein induction by copper modify natural toxicity in sponges? Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 20: 2588-2593
  • Alcoverro, T., Cebrian, E., Ballesteros., E. 2001. The photosynthetic of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica: influence of nitrogen and light. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 261: 107-120
  • Cebrian, E., Ballesteros, E., Canals,M. 2000. Shallow rocky bottom benthic assemblages as calcium carbonate producers in the Alboran Sea (Southwestern Mediterranean). Oceanologica 23: 311-322

Recent projects

Corclim project

Marineforest

Merces

Phd Students

Jana Verdura

Main factors determining conservation and restoration success of Marine Forest

My thesis project, is focused on the conservation and the restoration of the threatened species populations of Cystoseria’s genus, the main structural species dominating the infralitoral and ciraclitoral rocky bottoms of the Mediterranean Sea. By gathering information on the distribution of these populations, their conservational status, the population dynamics and the optimal parameters for the correct development, Jana hopes to get a step closer to developing new restoration methodologies that ensure the conservation of these marine forests. This thesis is granted by the IFUdG fellowship program from the University of Girona and envolved within the Fundación Biodiversidad (Cystoseira Forest Restoration) and MERCES European project.

Jorge Santamaria

A multidisciplinary approach to study marine algae invasions in benthic habitats from the Mediterranean Sea. A look at the past to understand the present and predict the future.

My research is focused on the effects that different invasive algae species have on native macroalgal communities from the Mediterranean Sea. In particular, I'm interested in what characteristics and traits of the native assemblages make the marine forests more suitable for being invaded and what are the synergistic effects that climate change and seaweed invasions might play on them. Then, putting all this information together, he expects to generate predictive distribution models that could aid in the design of effective management plans.

Maria Elena Cefali

Distribución geográfica, predicción espacial y dversidad de los hábitats litorales en la costa catalana.

My principal scientific interest is focused on the identification of rocky habitats dwelling on benthic communities and to study their relationships with environmental factors to understand and predict their spatial and geographic distribution.

Edgar Casas

Biodiversity patterns of coralligenous outcrops over broad spatial and temporal scales in the Mediterranean sea: baseline data for conservation.

The main objective of his PhD. Thesis is to study the taxonomic diversity patterns in space (hundreds of kilometers) and time (decades) of coralligenous communities in the NW Mediterranean Sea to better understand their structure and dynamics under the effects of global change. During this period of time he has been learning taxonomy of macrobenthic species (mainly sponges, corals, briozoans, polychaetes and tunicates) based on image analysis, he has estimated abundance patterns using specialized image software, as well as has applied multivariate methods and statistical analyses of ecological data including biodiversity at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

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