Carmen García-Comas

Carmen García-Comas
Institut de Ciències del Mar · Department of Marine Biology

PhD

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Introduction
Carmen García-Comas currently works at the ICM-CSIC. Carmen does research in Ecology, Marine Biology and Biostatistics. Her current projects focus on understanding the role of functional traits on structuring and functioning aquatic communities.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
ICM
Position
  • PostDoc Position
February 2018 - present
University of Vic
Position
  • Research Assistant
September 2013 - March 2018

Publications

Publications (23)
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We provide a unique fish individual body size dataset collected from our own sampling and public sources in north-eastern Spain. The dataset includes individual body size measures (fork length and mass) of 12,288 individuals of 24 fish species within 10 families collected at 118 locations in large rivers and small streams. Fish were caught by one-p...
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The fossil record of marine invertebrates has long fueled the debate on whether or not there are limits to global diversity in the sea1–4⁠. Ecological theory states that as diversity grows and ecological niches are filled, the strengthening of biological interactions imposes limits on diversity5–7⁠. However, the extent to which biological interacti...
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Aquatic ecosystems are strongly body-size structured with a decline of numerical abundance with increasing body size (hereafter, the size spectrum).Marine and lake fish studies have reported consistent variations of size spectra in relation to environmental conditions and biotic composition, but little is known about streamfishes. Accordingly, in t...
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Manipulative laboratory studies provide strong evidence that phytoplankton primary production (PP), stoichiometry, and taxonomic composition affect marine copepod production (CP), which is the biomass-dominant zooplankton group. However, field observations investigating the simultaneous effects of prey stoichiometric quality, PP, and phytoplankton...
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Classic niche theory assumes that species-level functional traits affect species relative fitness and thus community structuring, but empirical tests of this assumption are scarce. Moreover, recent evidence shows increasing functional over-redundancy towards the tropics, suggesting that the extent to which functional traits confer species' fitness...
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The past two million years of eastern African climate variability is currently poorly constrained, despite interest in understanding its assumed role in early human evolution. Rare palaeoclimate records from northeastern Africa suggest progressively drier conditions or a stable hydroclimate. By contrast, records from Lake Malawi in tropical southea...
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Ward et al. (JPR 2013) cell size (μm 3) μ max (d-1) Marañón et al. (EL 2013) Flexibility Biodiversity Productivity JpGU @ Makuhari Messe 2018.05.23 S. Lan Smith p. 2 Total chl a (μg L-1) Oceanic Observations of Phytoplankton Size Distr. based on their meta-analysis, Marañón et al. (L&O 2012) concluded: 'Given that resource availability, rather than...
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Our recent size-based studies of phytoplankton communities and plankton ecosystems reveal an apparent inconsistency between laboratory-based results and oceanic observations. Uni-modal distributions of maximum phytoplankton growth rate over cell size have been reported from laboratory experiments using single-species cultures. Our models, formulate...
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Poster presentation on our publication Proc. B, 283, 1824. Presented at the 6th Zooplankton Production Symposium on May 2016 in Bergen, Norway.
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Link to paper: http://plankt.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/05/13/plankt.fbw039.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=HMUQH4TuG2kfYq2 Link to paper+supplement: http://plankt.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/05/13/plankt.fbw039.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=HMUQH4TuG2kfYq2 Functional trait studies are proliferating in plankton ecology, especially studie...
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Body size exerts multiple effects on plankton food-web interactions. However, the influence of size structure on trophic transfer remains poorly quantified in the field. Here, we examine how the size diversity of prey (nano-microplankton) and predators (mesozooplankton) influence trophic transfer efficiency (using biomass ratio as a proxy) in natur...
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The biodiversity-ecosystem functioning debate is a central topic in ecology. Recently, there has been a growing interest in size diversity because body size is sensitive to environmental changes and is one of the fundamental characteristics of organisms linking many ecosystem properties. However, how size diversity affects ecosystem functioning is...
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We analyzed the copepod assemblages over two decades (1984-2006) in a coastal ongoing time-series at Station MC in the inner Gulf of Naples (Tyrrhenian Sea, Western Mediterranean), which is part of the International network of Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER). The seasonal and interannual time courses of species abundance and composition were r...
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Body size constrains prey–predator interactions and physiology, therefore plankton size spectra have been appointed as synthetic descriptors of plankton community structure and functioning. Recently developed imaging systems and supervised classification tools provide size measurements of any object in situ or in net samples and automatically class...
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Copepod, chaetognath, decapod larva, siphonophore and jellyfish monthly abundances, from 1974 to 2003 at Point B (northwestern Mediterranean), were obtained with the ZooScan. Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on zooplankton, and another PCA on local environment. Almost-decadal periods (1974–1982, 1983–1991, 1992–1999, and 2000–2003)...
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ZooScan with ZooProcess and Plankton Identifier (PkID) software is an integrated analysis system for acquisition and classification of digital zooplankton images from preserved zooplankton samples. Zooplankton samples are digitized by the ZooScan and processed by ZooProcess and PkID in order to detect, enumerate, measure and classify the digitized...
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ZooScan with ZooProcess and Plankton Identifier (PkID) software is an integrated analysis system for acquisition and classification of digital zooplankton images from preserved zooplankton samples. Zooplankton samples are digitized by the ZooScan and processed by ZooProcess and PkID in order to detect, enumerate, measure and classify the digitized...

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Projects (3)
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www.prodigio-project.eu The renewable energy technologies that will form the backbone of the energy system by 2030 and 2050 are still at an early stage of development today. Bringing these new technologies faster to commercialization is challenging. The European project PRODIGIO aims to contribute to this challenge by establishing a base of knowledge for the development of a system failure prediction technology that will boost the sustainable production of biogas from microalgal biomass.