Full Name
Rut Pedrosa Pamies

Assistant Research Investigator

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Ph.D., Marine Biogeochemistry, University of Barcelona, 2016
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Dr. Rut Pedrosa Pamies is an oceanographer and biogeochemist. Her major research interest is the cycling of elements in the environment, especially the biogeochemistry of carbon. A major focus of her research is on the factors that regulate the downward flux of material from the surface of the ocean into the interior and from there to the seafloor. Since 2016, she is part of the Oceanic Flux Program (OFP) scientific team, a deep ocean particle flux time-series offshore Bermuda, the longest running time-series of its kind.

OFP sinking particles collected at 3200 m depth containing foraminifera, pteropod shells, fecal pellets and a fibrous aggregate (Photo credit: JC Weber/OFP).
OFP sinking particles collected at 3200 m depth containing foraminifera, pteropod shells, fecal pellets and a fibrous aggregate (Photo credit: JC Weber/OFP).

She studies the role of particles in the oceanic carbon cycle using detailed geochemical characterization (bulk geochemical composition and stable isotopes, lipid biomarkers, major and trace elements, etc.). She integrates the characterization of particle fluxes with the analysis of oceanographic, climatic, and anthropogenic forcing conditions. Rut Pedrosa Pamies is particularly interested in the roles of mesoscale spatial variability and extreme episodic events, such as tropical cyclones, on the particle flux and, in turn, how this affects marine ecosystems. She is also interested in the role of microbes in regulating carbon fluxes in the ocean. 

Additionally, Rut Pedrosa Pamies have a significant interest in issues of direct societal concern, such as plastic debris and organic pollutants in marine ecosystems.

Rut Pedrosa Pamies works with
Emil Ruff
Assistant Scientist
Ecosystems Center
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Zhanfei Liu
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Austin (Marine Science Institute)
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Alexander Bochdansky
Old Dominion University
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Scott Gallager
Senior Scientist
Coastal Ocean Vision
Selected Publications

(see full updated list in Google Scholar)

Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Parinos, C., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Calafat, A., Canals, M., Velaoras, D., Mihalopoulos, N., Kanakidou, M., Lampadariou, N. and Gogou, A., 2021. Atmospheric and oceanographic forcing impact on particle flux and carbon sequestration in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: a three-year sediment trap time-series study in the deep Ierapetra Basin, Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 25, doi:10.3389/feart.2021.591948.

Lloret, J.*Pedrosa-Pamies, R.*, Vandal, N., Rorty R., Ritchie M., McGuire, C., Chenoweth, K., Valiela, I, 2021. Salt marsh sediments act as sinks for microplastics and reveal effects of current and historical land use changes. Environmental Advances, 4, 100060, doi:10.1016/j.envadv.2021.100060.*Equally contribution 

Bourrin, F., Uusõue, M., Artigas, M. C., Sànchez-Vidal, A., Aubert, D., Menniti, C., Klar, J., Amblás, D., Calafat, A. M., Frigola, J., Iglesias, O., Manea, E., Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Quesada, S., Rayo, X., Rivera, J., Rumín, A., Tangherlini, M. and Tubau, X., 2021. Release of particles and metals into seawater following sediment resuspension of a coastal mine tailings disposal off Portmán Bay, Southern Spain, Environmental Science Pollution Research, 1–18, doi:10.1007/s11356-021-14006-1

Hayes, C. T., Costa, K. M., Anderson, R. F., Calvo, E., Chase, Z., Demina, L. L., Dutay, J. C., German, C. R., Heimbürger-Boavida, L. E., Jaccard, S. L., Jacobel, A., Kohfeld, K. E., Kravchishina, M. D., Lippold, J., Mekik, F., Missiaen, L., Pavia, F. J., Paytan, A., Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Petrova, M. V., Rahman, S., Robinson, L. F., Roy-Barman, M., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Shiller, A., Tagliabue, A., Tessin, A. C., van Hulten, M. and Zhang, J., 2021. Global Ocean Sediment Composition and Burial Flux in the Deep Sea, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 35(4), e2020GB006769, doi:10.1029/2020GB006769.

Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Conte, M. H., Weber, J.C., Johnson, R., 2019. Hurricane Nicole enhanced labile carbon export into the deep ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 10484-10494. doi.org/10.1029/2019GL083719

de Haan, W. P., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Canals, M., NUREIEV1 Shipboard Scientific Party , 2019. Floating microplastics and aggregate formation in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin140, 523–535. doi.org/10.1016/J.MARPOLBUL.2019.01.053 (*NUREIEV1 Shipboard Scientific Party includes Pedrosa-Pàmies, R.).

Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Conte, M. H., Weber, J.C., Johnson, R., 2018. Carbon cycling in the Sargasso Sea water column: insights from lipid biomarkers in suspended particles. Progress in Oceanography, 168, 248-278, doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2018.08.005.

Danovaro, R., Canals, M., Tangherlini, M., Dell’Anno, A., Gambi, C., Lastras, G., Amblas, D., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Frigola, J., Calafat, A.M., Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Rivera, J., Rayo, X., Corinaldesi, C., 2017. A submarine volcanic eruption leads to a novel microbial habitat. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 0144, doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0144.

Quirós-Collazos, L.*Pedrosa-Pàmies, R.*, Sanchez-Vidal, A., Guillén, J., Duran, R., Cabello, P., 2017. Distribution and sources of organic matter in size-fractionated nearshore and inner-shelf sediments of the NW Mediterranean. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 189, 267-280., doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.03.004*Equally contribution 

Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Canals, M., Lampadariou, N, Dimitris, V., Gogou, A., Parinos, C., Calafat, A., 2016. Enhanced carbon export to the abyssal depths driven by atmosphere dynamics. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (16), 8626-86-36, doi.org/10.1002/2016GL069781. 

Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Parinos, C., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Gogou, A., Calafat, A., Canals, M., Bouloubassi, I., Lampadariou, N., 2015. Composition and sources of sedimentary organic matter in the deep Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Biogeosciences, 12, 9935-9989, doi: 10.5194/bgd-12-9935-2015.

Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Calafat, A., Canals, M. and Durán, R., 2013. Impact of storm-induced remobilization on grain size distribution and organic carbon content in sediments from the Blanes Canyon area, NW Mediterranean Sea. Progress Oceanography, 118, 122-136, doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2013.07.023.

Parinos, C., Gogou, A., Bouloubassi, I., Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Velaoras, D., Krokos, G., Hatzianestis, I., Lykousis, V., 2013. Distribution and sources of natural and anthropogenic hydrocarbons in surface sediments from deep basins of the open Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Biogeociences, 10, 6069-6089, doi: 10.5194/bg-10-6069-2013.

Sanchez-Vidal, A., Canals, M., Calafat, A.M., Lastras, G., Pedrosa-Pàmies, R., Menéndez, M., Romero, J., Hereu, B., Alcoverro, T., 2012. Impacts on the deep-sea ecosystem by a severe coastal storm. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30395, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030395