Emma Cebrian

Emma Cebrian Pujol is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher (JAE-doc program) in the Department of Aquatic Ecology at the Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes. Her career as researcher has been devoted to the study of the organisation of benthic marine communities, especially in the NW Mediterranean. The high diversity of these communities has allowed her to address a great number of relevant scientific questions dealing with the structure, functioning and main processes in the communities and among them the study of the human impact and global change has played an important role. To answer properly these questions she has worked at different biological organisational level (from cells to communities) each one with a relevant set of methodological approaches belonging to different discipline. The success on her multidisciplinary research has been based in a great personal motivation, willing to participate in dynamic work-teams and to the conviction to contribute to acquire relevant data for the conservation of marine ecosystems. Generally, her research is focused on getting information on both direct and combined effects of major disturbance sources related to global change (pollution, global warming, and invasive species) to better understand ongoing threats to marine ecosystems.

Selected publications:

  • 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.
  • Cebrian E, Rodríguez-Prieto C (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
  • Cebrian, E, Ballesteros E, Linares C, Tomas F (2010) Do native herbivores provide resistance to Mediterranean marine bioinvasions? A seaweed example. Biological invasions. doi 10.1007/s10530-010-9898-1
  • 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.002021
  • Cebrian E and Ballesteros, E. (2009) Temporal and spatial variability in shallow- and deep-water populations of the invasive Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea in the Western Mediterranean. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 83: 469–474.
  • Cebrian E, Martí R, Agell G, Uriz, MJ (2006) Response to heavy metal pollution of the Mediterranean sponge Chondrosia reniformis Nardo. Environmental Pollution 141: 452–458.
  • Cebrian E, Uriz MJ, Martí, R, Turon X (2003) Sublethal effects of contamination on the Mediterranean sponge Crambe crambe: copper accumulation and biological responses. Marine Pollution Bulletin 46. 1273–1284.


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