Publications Dr. Teresa S. Catalá


Catalá, T.S., Rosell, P., Álvarez-Gómez, López-Figueroa, F., Dittmar, T., 2020. Antioxidant Activity and Phenolic Content of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter and their relation to molecular composition. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:603447. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.603447.

Sasha Wagner, S., Schubotz, F., Kaiser, K., Hallmann, C., Waska, H., Rossel, P. E., Hansman, R., Elvert, M., Middelburg, J. J., Engel, A., Blattmann, T. M., Catalá, T. S., Lennartz, S. T., Gomez-Saez, G. V., Pantoja-Gutiérrez, S., Bao, R., Galy, V., 2020. Soothsaying DOM: A current perspective on the future of oceanic disolved organic carbon. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00341.


Iuculano, F., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., Otero, J., Catalá, T.S., Sobrino, C., Duarte, C.M., Agustí, S., 2019. Patterns and drivers of UV absorbing chromophoric dissolved organic matter in the euphotic layer of the open ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:320. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00320.

Martínez–Pérez, A. M., Catalá, T.S., Nieto–Cid, M., Otero, J., Álvarez, M., Emelianov, M., Reche, I., Álvarez–Salgado, X. A., Arístegui, J., 2019. Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) in the open Mediterranean Sea. II. Basin–wide distribution and drivers of fluorescent DOM. Progress in Oceanography, 170, 93-106.


Catalá, T.S., Martínez–Pérez, A. M., Nieto–Cid, M., Álvarez, M., Otero, J., Emelianov, M., Reche, I., Arístegui, J., Álvarez–Salgado, X. A., 2018.  Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) in the open Mediterranean Sea. I. Basin–wide distribution and drivers of chromophoric DOM. Progress in Oceanography, 165, 35–51. DOI 10.1016/j.pocean.2018.05.002.

Sadeghi-Nassaj, S.M., Catalá, T.S., Álvarez, P.A., Reche, I., 2018. Influence of sea cucumbers on optical properties of dissolved organic matter in multitrophic aquaculture tanks. PeerJ, 6:e4344. DOI 10.7717/peerj.4344.

Tilot, V., Ormond, R., Navas, J. M., Catalá, T. S., 2018. The Benthic Megafaunal Assemblages of the CCZ (Eastern Pacific) and an Approach to Their Management in the Face of Threatened Anthropogenic Impacts. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:7. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00007.


Martínez-Pérez, A.M., Nieto-Cid, M., Osterholz, H., Catalá, T.S., Reche, I., Dittmar, T., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., 2016. Linking optical and molecular signatures of dissolved organic matter in the Mediterranean Sea. Scientific Reports, 7: 3436, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-03735-4.

Lara, E., Vaqué, D., Laia Sà, E., Boras, J.A., Gomes, A., Borrull, E., Díez, C., Teira, E., C. Pernice, M., Garcia, F., Forn, I., Castillo, Y.M., Peiró, A., Salazar, G., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., Catalá, T.S., Luna, G.M., Agustí, S., Estrada, M., Gasol, J.M, Duarte, C.M., 2016. Unveiling the role and life strategies of viruses from the surface to the dark ocean. Science Advances, 3: e1602565.


Catalá, T.S., Reche, I., Ramón, C.L., López-Sanz, À., Álvarez, M., Calvo, E., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., 2016. Chromophoric signatures of microbial by-products in the dark ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 7639–7648, DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069878.

Catalá, T.S., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., Otero, J., Iuculano, F., Companys, B., Horstkotte, B., Romera- Castillo, C., Nieto-Cid, M., Latasa, M., Morán, X.A.G., Gasol, J.M., Marrasé, C., Stedmon, C.A., Reche, I., 2016. Drivers of fluorescent dissolved organic matter in the global epipelagic ocean. Limnology & Oceanography, 61, 1101–1119. DOI: 10.1002/lno.10281.

Andreu-Cazalla, E., Catalá, T.S., Escobar-Casado, J.M., Tilot, V.C., Martín-Bernal, C., 2016. Assessment of whale watching activities in the Gibraltar Strait, Spain. UICN (MAVA P01456 MOU).


Catalá, T.S., Reche, I., Álvarez, M., Khatiwala, S., Guallart, E.F., Benítez-Barrios, V.M., Fuentes-Lema, A., Romera-Castillo, C., Nieto-Cid, M., Pelejero, C., Fraile-Nuez, E., Ortega-Retuerta, E., Marrasé, C., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., 2015. Water mass age and aging driving chromophoric dissolved organic matter in the dark global ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, DOI: 10.1002/2014GB005048.

Catalá, T.S., Reche, I., Fuentes-Lema, A., Romera-Castillo, C., Nieto-Cid, M., Ortega-Retuerta, E., Calvo, E., Álvarez, M., Marrasé, C., Stedmon, C.A., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., 2015. Turnover time of fluorescent dissolved organic matter in the dark global ocean. Nature Communications, 6: 5986, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6986.

Teira, E., Hernando-Morales, V., Cornejo-Castillo, F.M., Alonso-Sáez, L., Sarmento, H., Valencia-Vila, J., Catalá, T.S., Hernández-Ruiz, M., Varela, M.M., Ferrera, I., Morán, X.A.G., Gasol, J.M., 2015. Sample dilution and bacterial community composition influence empirical leucine-to-carbon conversion factors in surface waters of the world's oceans. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(23). DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02454-15.


Catalá, T.S., Mladenov, N., Echevarría, F., Reche, I., 2013. Positive trends between salinity and chromophoric and fluorescent dissolved organic matter in a seasonally inverse estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 133, 206-216. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.08.030.


Álvarez–Salgado, X.A., Nieto–Cid, M., Romera–Castillo, C., Marrasé, C., Catalá, T.S., Reche, I., Fuentes Lema, A., Sobrino, C., Gutiérrez, R., Luculano, F., Ortega-Retuerta, E, 2012. Recogida y análisis a bordo de muestras de materia orgánica disuelta cromófora: absorbancia (aDOM) y fluorescencia (FDOM), Chapter 2: Biogeoquímica del Océano: Carbono, Nutrientes y Gases traza, Libro Blanco, pp 191– 210.

Academic Thesis

2010-2015    PhD Thesis: ‘Insights on the microbial carbon pump in the global ocean using spectroscopic techniques’. University of Granada, Spain. Supervisors: Isabel Reche, Xosé Antón Álvarez-Salgado. Component: International Doctoral Research. Mark: Summa Cum Laude.
2010-2011 Master in Oceanography. Master Thesis: ‘Temporal dynamic of Chromophoric Dissolved organic Matter (CDOM) and Fluorescent (FDOM) in the Bay of Cadiz’. University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain. Mark: Excellent.
2004-2009 Higher Degree in Environmental Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain. Higher Degree Thesis: ‘Characterization of the dissolved organic matter (DOM) in Andalusian Ramsar wetlands, Spain’. Mark: Excellent.


Catalá, T. S., Linn Speidel, Julia Vega, Félix L. Figueroa. Non-targeted molecular analysis of the invasive species Rugulopteryx okamurae and relation to its antioxidant potential. 2nd Seaweed for Health Conference. 24th-25th August 2020, Virtual.

Catalá, T. S. Dark Ocean Cosmeceuticals (DOC): “The cosmetical and pharmaceutical potential of marine dissolved organic matter”. EMBRIC Transnational Access Workshop. 28th-29th January 2019, Paris, France.

Catalá, T. S. PharmaDOM, finding marine bioactive molecules with pharmaceutical potential. Seminar “Work in Progress”, Microbiologie Department, Institut Pasteur. 25th January 2019, Paris, France.

Catalá, T.S., Martínez-Pérez, A., Nieto-Cid, M., Álvarez, M., Osterholz, H., Otero, J., Emelianov, M., Reche, I., Aristegui, J., Dittmar, T., Álvarez-Salgado, X. A. New insights on dissolved organic matter in the Mediterranean Sea: basin-wide distribution and drivers of the coloured and fluorescent fractions and it relationship to molecular structure. 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 11th–16th of February 2018, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Catalá, T. S., Reche, I., Ramón, C. L., López-Sanz, A., Fraile-Nuez, E., Calvo, E., Blasco, D., Álvarez-Salgado, X. A. New insights on the ubiquity of chromophoric products of microbial degradation in the dark global ocean. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Granada, Spain. 22nd– 27th of February 2015.

Catalá, T. S. Summarizing the dissolved organic matter (DOM) optical properties of the dark global ocean in 22 water masses. Workshop “El proyecto Malaspina como cantera de investigadores en ciencias marinas”. Cádiz, Spain. 11st – 12th of December 2014.

Catalá, T. S., I. Reche, C. Ramón-Casañas, C. Romera-Castillo, M. Nieto-Cid, C. Marrasé, X.A. Álvarez-Salgado. New insights on the ubiquity of chromophoric degradation products in the dark global ocean. Annual Meeting of the Malaspina Expedition 2010. Barcelona (Spain), 15th – 19th of September 2014.

Catalá, T. S.; Reche, I.; Fuentes-Lema, A.; Romera-Castillo, C.; Nieto-Cid, M.; Ortega-Retuerta, E.; Álvarez, M.; Marrasé, C.; Stedmon, C.; Álvarez-Salgado, X. A., 2012. Fluorescent Dissolved Organic Matter in the Dark World Ocean. Annual Meeting of the Malaspina Expedition 2010. IEO Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), 23rd– 26th of April 2013.

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