Marine biogeochemistry and ocean biosphere-atmosphere interactions, particularly within the sulfur cycle. Roles that the ocean-atmosphere exchanges play in the functioning of the marine ecosystem and the Earth System. Outreach.
Aquatic microbial ecology. Microbial dynamics, diversity and interactions. Molecular Ecology. High-throughput sequencing. (Meta-)genomics. Protists.
Microbial ecology. Microplankton. DMSCs cycles. Volatile organic compounds, Isoprene, Halomethanes, Day/night cycles. Gene expression.
Microbial ecology. Chemotaxis. Predation and selective grazing. Microplankton. Symbiosis. Chemical communication. DMSCs cycles. Stresses and microbial responses to stresses.
Climate change, ocean circulation, marine biogeochemistry. Plankton ecology and evolution, in particular solving the «paradox of the plankton».
Laboratory maintenance and management. Support to students. Cultures maintenance.
Scientific assistance and research project management, financial and technical reporting,
amendments, fundraising strategies, project communication and dissemination.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in seawater and the biogeochemical processes interlinking them to the ecological system, including ocean-atmosphere interaction.
Southern Ocean, dimethylsulfide (DMS), phytoplankton, climatology, remote sensing, modeling.
PhD completed in 2020
Biogeochemical modelling of marine isoprene cycling in the surface ocean with a special focus on the Southern Ocean. Currently, tackling scientific and environmental issues through building bridges between science, society, and politics.
PhD completed in 2019
Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP). Coomassie stainable particles (CSP). Microbial ecology. Biological carbon pump. Ocean-atmosphere interactions.
Biogeochemistry of the marine Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM). Marine plastic debris, how it impacts in the marine carbon cycle and potential biodegradation pathways.
Marine sulfur and carbon cycles. Interactions between plankton, aerosols and climate. Light-driven biogeochemistry, remote sensing, modeling.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Ramon y Cajal fellow
Polar Atmospheric Marine Biogeochemistry : understanding properties of Arctic and Antarctic aerosols and clouds; quantify the rate and magnitude of climate-biogeochemical-
I am interested in ocean biosphere-atmosphere interactions in the Earth System. For nearly 30 years, I have investigated the biological and environmental actors that govern the production and emission of volatile sulfur from the ocean, which I have recently extended to other volatile compounds and gel-like substances. I like to look at both sides of the ocean-atmosphere interface and follow the path of oceanic emissions into aerosols and clouds.
I am also interested in chemical communication between marine organisms, and how this communication shapes trophic interactions and symbioses.
For my research I count on a network of collaborators and use a broad array of methodologies, from “single-cell biogeochemistry” and omics, and trace gas and aerosol measurements, through experimental plankton physiology and ecology, all the way up to satellite analyses and modeling of the global ocean and atmosphere. I have conducted fieldwork in the Arctic, Antarctica, across the Atlantic, tropical Pacific and Mediterranean Sea.
Simó R. (2001). Production of atmospheric sulfur by oceanic plankton: biogeochemical, ecological and evolutionary links. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 16: 287-294.
Simó R. (2004). From cells to globe: approaching the dynamics of DMS(P) in the ocean at multiple scales. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61(5): 673-684.
Galí M., R. Simó (2015). A meta-analysis of oceanic DMS and DMSP cycling processes: disentangling the summer paradox. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29.
Vallina S.M., R. Simó, M. Manizza (2007). Weak response of oceanic dimethylsulfide to upper mixing shoaling induced by global warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 16004-16009