Argentine Institute of Oceanography (IADO), Argentina
I am particularly interested in the architecture and functioning of microbial food webs, from bacteria to protists, and the carbon transfer between its components to assess microbial carbon sequestration pathways in shelf areas of the Argentine Sea. Complementary, I track carbon sources by evaluating specific chemical properties of organic matter (isotopic ratio, fluorescent traits) within the pelagic zone. By retrospective analysis and data mining tools, I also study microbial responses to multiscale biotic and abiotic factors. Together, this actions aim to develop an integrative framework to assess carbon sequestration in the coastal and stratified areas of the Argentine Shelf.
My participation in CoastCarb focuses on the work package called "Ecosystem change and carbon storage" whose primary objective is to study carbon fluxes through pelagic trophic networks. I am particularly related with Tasks 3.3, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3. My contribution aims to describe phytoplankton, microzooplankton picoplankton, bacteria and virus communities, to assess carbon origin and sources and to quantify carbon transfer among microbial food webs by conducting feeding experiments.