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Nuria Teixido

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Ph.D., University of Bremen -Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany), Biology (2003)

B.E. University of Barcelona (Spain) (1997)


Research interest:

My research addresses several questions at the interface between marine ecology and conservation. My scientific interests focus on marine ecology, biodiversity, and conservation in marine benthic habitats. I have studied different benthic habitats, primarily rocky reef ecosystems in Antarctica and the Mediterranean. I merge complementary approaches, such as field surveys of natural ecosystems and controlled laboratory experiments, with statistical methods to synthesize and interpret data. Most recently, I have focused on the study of the effects of ocean acidification on ecosystems by using new natural CO2 vents recently discovered along the coast of Ischia, Italy. This scientific work is conducted jointly in Micheli and Palumbi labs here at Hopkins and in Maria Cristina Gambi's lab in Ischia.

My current research on ocean acidification is sponsored by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action under the European Research Program H2020 with the project Future4Oceans(H2020-MSCA-IF-2015, N 702628) to be done jointly between Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy and Hopkins Marine Station for 3 years. In addition, a parallel project named High-CO2 Seas funded by the Total Foundation, which includes 7 partner institutions from the USA and Europe, will complement the Future4Oceans project.

Selected publications:

Garrabou J, Sala E, Linares C, Ledoux JB, Montero I, Dominici JM, Kipson S, Teixidó N, Cebrian E, Kersting DK, Harmelin JG (in press) Re‐shifting the ecological baseline for overexploited Mediterranean red coral. Scientific Reports

Casas-Güell E, Cebrian E, Garrabou J, Ledoux JB, Linares C, Teixidó N (in press) Structure and biodiversity of coralligenous assemblages dominated by the precios red coral Corallium rubrum over broad spatial scales. Scientific Reports

Ambroso S, Böhmer A, Gonzalez-López P, Teixidó N (2016) Ophiuroid biodiversity patterns along the Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Biology 39(5): 881-895

Kersting D, Cebrian E, Casado C, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Linares C (2015) Experimental evidence of the synergistic effects of warming and invasive algae on a temperate reef-builder coral. Scientific Reports 5:18635.

Gutt J, Alvaro MC, Barco A, Böhmer A, Bracher A, David B, De Ridder C, Dorschel B, Eléaume M, Janussen D, López-González P, Martínez-Baraldés I, Schröder M, Segelken-Voigt A, Teixidó N (2016) Macro-epibenthic communities at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, an ecological survey at different spatial scales. Polar Biology 39(5):829-849

Linares C, Vidal M, Canals M, Kersting DK, Amblás D, Aspillaga E, Cebrián E, Delgado-Huertas A, Díaz D, Garrabou G, Hereu B, Navarro L, Teixidó N, Ballesteros K (2015) Persistent acidification drives dramatic seascape shifts at mesophotic depths. Proceedings Royal Society B

Casas-Güell E, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Cebrian E (2015) Structure and biodiversity of coralligenous assemblages over broad spatial and temporal scales. Marine Biology 162: 901-912

Teixidó N, Bensoussan N, Gori A, Fiorillo I, Viladrich N (2015) Sexual reproduction and early life- history traits of the Mediterranean soft coral Alcyonium acaule. Marine Ecology. Doi: 10.1111/maec.12255

Casado C, Kersting DK, Cebrian E, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Linares C (2014) Rapid recovery from injuries in the temperate long-lived coral Cladocora caespitosa. Marine Biodiversity. DOI 10.1007/s12526-014-0219-2

Kersting DK, Teixidó N, Linares C (2014) Recruitment and mortality of the temperate coral Cladocora caespitosa: implications for the recovery of endangered populations. Coral Reefs 33:403-407.

Ambroso S, Gori A, Dominguez C, Gili JM, Berganzo E, Teixidó N, Greenacre M, Rossi S (2013) Spatial distribution patterns of the soft corals Alcyonium acaule and Alcyonium palmatum in coastal bottoms (Cap de Creus, northwestern Mediterranean Sea). Marine Biology 160:3059-3070

Teixidó N, Casas E, Cebrián E, Linares E, Garrabou J (2013) Impacts on coralligenous outcrop biodiversity of a dramatic coastal storm. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53742. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053742

Kipson S, Linares C, Teixidó N, Bakran-Petricioli T, Garrabou J (2012) Effects of thermal stress on early development stages of a gorgonian coral. Marine Ecology Progres Series 470: 69–78

Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Harmelin JG (2011) Low Dynamics, High Longevity and Persistence of Sessile Structural Species Dwelling on Mediterranean. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23744.

Kipson S, Fourt M, Teixidó N, Cebrian E, Casas E, Ballesteros E, Zabala M, Garrabou J (2011) Rapid Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Method for Highly Diverse Benthic Communities: A Case Study of Mediterranean Coralligenous Outcrops. PLoS ONE 6(11): e27103

Teixidó N, Albajes-Eizagire A, Bolbo D, Le Hir E, Demestre M, Garrabou J, Guigues L, Gili JM, Piera J, Prelot T, Soria-Frish A (2011) Hierarchical segmentation based software for Cover Classification Analyses of Seabed Images (Seascape). Marine Ecology Progress Series 431: 45-53

Sellanes J, Neira C, Quiroga E, Teixidó N (2010) Diversity patterns along and across the Chilean margin: a continental slope encompassing oxygen gradients and methane seep benthic habitats. Marine Ecology 31: 111-124

Teixidó N, Pineda MC, Garrabou J (2009) Decadal demographic trends of a long-lived temperate encrusting sponge. Marine Ecology Progress Series 375: 113-124

Garrabou J, Coma R, Bensoussan N, Bally M, Chevaldonné P, Cigliano M, Díaz D, Harmelin JC, Gambi MC, Kersting D, Ledoux JB, Lejeusne C, Linares C, Marshal C, Pérez T, Ribes M, Romano JC, Serrano E, Teixidó N, Torrents O, Zabala M, Zuberer F, Cerrano C (2009) Mass mortality in NW Mediterranean rocky benthic communities: effects of the 2003 heat wave. Global Change Biology 15: 1090-1103

Rossi S, TsounisG , Padrón T, Orejas O, Gili JM, Bramanti B, Teixidó N, Gutt J (2008) Survey of deep-dwelling red coral (Corallium rubrum) populations at Cap de Creus (NW Mediterranean). Marine Biology 154: 533-545

Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Gutt J, Arntz WE (2007) Iceberg disturbance and successional spatial patterns: the case of the shelf Antarctic benthic communities. Ecosystems 10(1): 142-157

Gili JM, Palanques A, Arntz WE, Clarke A, Dayton PK, Orejas C, Isla E, Teixidó N, Rossi S, López P (2006) A unique assemblage of epibenthic sessile suspension feeders with archaic features in the high-Antarctic. Deep Sea Research II 53:1029-1052.

Gili JM, Rossi S, Pagès F, Orejas C, Teixidó N, López-González PJ, Arntz WE (2006) A new trophic link between the pelagic and benthic systems on the Antarctic shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series 322:43-49.

Gutt J, Arntz WE, Fricke A, Teixido N (2006) Macro-epibenthos at Bouvet Island: a biological "cold-spot" on a geological "hot-spot". Polar Biology 29:97-105.

Teixidó N, Gili JM, Uriz MJ, Gutt J, Arntz W (2006) Observations of asexual reproductive strategies in Antarctic hexactinellid sponges from ROV video records. Deep Sea Res II: 972-984.

Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Gutt J, Arntz WE (2004) Recovery in Antarctic benthos after disturbance: trends in benthic composition, abundance, and growth forms. Marine Ecology Progress Series 278: 1-16

Orejas C, López-González PJ , Gili JM, Teixidó N, Gutt J, Arntz WE (2002) Distribution and reproductive ecology of the Antarctic octocoral Ainigmaptilon antarcticum in the Weddell Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 231:101-114

Teixidó N, Garrabou J, and Arntz WE (2002) Spatial pattern quantification of Antarctic benthic communities using Landscape indices. Marine Ecology Progress Series 242:1-14