Researchers of Phytoscope

The Phytoscope project stands on the scientific research performed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Institute of Marine Sciences (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) and the Phytooptics group (Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, AWI). The principal investigators are Dr. Jaume Piera (ICM-CSIC) and Prof. Dr. Astrid Bracher (AWI).

Jaume Piera (Principal Investigator)

Jaume Piera is the Principal Investigator of Phytoscope. Since 2005 he is a researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM). From 2001 to 2004, he was Lecturer in the Department of Signal Theory and Communications at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Over 20 years of experience in multidisciplinary research programs, his research interests are focused on Information Technologies applied to Marine Biology and particularly on Hyperspectral Technologies, Autonomous Platforms, Signal Processing and Bio-optical based Pattern Recognition Techniques. At present he is involved in the EU Project Citclops related to participatory science for coast and ocean optical monitoring, and leading different projects for concurrent characterization of physical and biological processes at small scale (i.e., Phytoscope, Aneris and Mestral).

E-mail: jpiera@icm.csic.es
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Astrid Bracher (Principal Investigator)

Astrid Bracher is the co-PI of Phytoscope. Since 2007 she is leading the Helmholtz University Young Investigator’s Group Phytooptics at the Climate Section of AWI and at the IUP at the University of Bremen. She is an adjunct professor at the Department of Physics at the Unversity of Bremen. Her studies are in the field of bio-optical in situ sampling techniques and ocean colour retrieval techniques. Her recent studies focus on retrieving new bio-optical information from the European satellite instrument SCIAMACHY. She is PI and co-I of various national and international projects.

E-mail: astrid.bracher@awi.de
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Bettina Taylor

Bettina Taylor is a post-doctoral researcher in the Phytooptics group. She is in charge of providing the ground-truth data for the group by performing field and laboratory measurements of bio-optical and biochemical parameters for characterizing different phytoplankton functional groups. Her present research focuses on connection between bio-optical traits of ocean surface waters and phytoplankton distribution.

E-mail: bettina.taylor@awi.de
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Elena Torrecilla

Elena Torrecilla is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher and project officer at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM). Her main research interests include hyperspectral sensors, signal processing and bio-optical based pattern recognition techniques for monitoring phytoplankton assemblages and radiative transfer modelling of ocean optical properties to estimate relationships between seawater constituents and ocean color. The main goal of her PhD thesis was the development of new processing methodologies applied to hyperspectral oceanographic in situ data with the aim to improve the current capabilities to automatically identify different phytoplankton pigment assemblages in the ocean.

E-mail: torrecilla@icm.csic.es
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Tilman Dinter

Tilman Dinter is a postdoctoral member of the Phytooptics group. He is involved in the retrieval of phytoplankton species using hyperspectral satellite measurements (SCIAMACHY and GOME-2). During his PhD work, he was involved in the development of atmospheric satellite retrievals (MERIS, MODIS, SeaWiFS) focused on aerosols over land and water. Since 2009 he has been involved in the SHIVA project (EU 3 year funded program).

E-mail: tilman.dinter@awi.de
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Marta Ramírez-Pérez

Marta Ramírez-Pérez is a PhD student (FPI scholarship) in a joint program between the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM). In the scope of her PhD thesis, she will carry out a characterization of the spatial and temporal variability of optical properties in the Alfacs Bay, Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean Sea.

E-mail: mramirez@icm.csic.es
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Sonja Wiegmann

Sonja Wiegmann is the technician of the Phytooptics group. She is in charge of the group's laboratory work and logistics. She has been collecting in situ data herself on several cruises and she is currently analyzing bio-optical and biogeochemical measurements with various laboratory techniques.

E-mail: sonja.wiegmann@awi.de
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Eloy Zafra

Eloy Zafra is performing doctoral research work at the Physical Oceanography Department, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM). His research interests are the radiative transfer modelling of ocean optical properties and improvement of simulation of different underwater scenarios.

E-mail: zafra@icm.csic.es
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Raúl Bardají

Raúl Bardají is a research engineer at the Physical Oceanography Department, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM). He participates in field campaigns and is also involved in the EU Project Citclops related to monitoring of marine environments with crowdsourcing methods, developing a low cost optical system to estimate water transparency.

E-mail: bardaji@icm.csic.es
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Rafael Gonçalves

Rafael Gonçalves is performing doctoral research work at the Phytooptics group, funded by a PhD fellowship of the Brazilian Ministery for Education (CAPES). His research interests are the influence of marine and terrestrial CDOM on phytoplankton composition and optical properties throughout polar and coastal regions.

E-mail: Rafael.Goncalves.Araujo@awi.de
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Albert-Miquel Sánchez

Albert-Miquel Sánchez is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM). His main research interests include the modeling of the particle optical properties suspended in water using the electromagnetic theory, and the design and development of new measurement systems of the water optical properties. The two main characteristics for the latter are low-cost and citizens' science.

E-mail: amsanchez@icm.csic.es
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