Mireia Mestre Martín



Doctor in oceanography from the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and the Institute of Marine Sciences of Barcelona, Master’s degree in research in biological, marine and environmental sciences from the University of Alicante (UA), where she also studied biology and marine sciences.

Her main line of research is marine microbial ecology. Following this line, during his thesis she focused on describing the prokaryotic diversity in the ocean, and understanding the factors that control the structure of their communities. Specifically, she focused on the analysis of pelagic prokaryotes (both free-living and particle-associated) and their spatial and temporal variability at different scales.

She is currently studying the role of microorganisms in ecosystem processes in the Southern Ocean.


Mestre M, Ruiz-González C, Logares R, Duarte CM, Gasol JM & Sala MM (2018). Sinking particles promote vertical connectivity in the ocean microbiome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 115(29), E6799-E6807; doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1802470115

Mestre M, Borrull E, Sala MM, Gasol JM. (2017). Patterns of bacterial diversity in the marine planktonic particulate matter continuum. ISME J 11, 999-1010; doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.166

Mestre M, Ferrera I, Borrull E, Ortega-Retuerta E, Mbedi S, Grossart HP, Gasol JM, Sala MM (2017) Spatial variability of marine bacterial and archaeal communities along the particulate matter continuum. Molecular Ecology 26, 6827–6840; doi:10.1111/mec.14421

Ortega-Retuerta E, Sala MM, Borrull E, Mestre M, Aparicio FL, Gallisai R, Antequera C, Marrasé C, Peters F, Simó R, Gasol JM (2017). Horizontal and vertical distributions of Transparent Exopolymer Particles (TEP) in the NW Mediterranean Sea are linked to Chlorophyll a and O2 variability. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7; doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.02159

Sebastián M, Smith AF, González JM, Fredricks HF, Van Mooy B, Koblížek M, Brandsma J, Koster G, Mestre M, Mostajir B, Pitta P, Postle AD, Sánchez P, Gasol JM, Scanlan DJ, Chen Y. (2015). Lipid remodelling is a widespread strategy in marine heterotrophic bacteria upon phosphorus deficiency. ISME J 10, 968–978; doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.