Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, 1989
  • B.Sc., Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, 1982

Research Interests

Professor Agusti is a biological oceanographer. Her research focuses on the ecology of photosynthetic plankton and the metabolic balance of the oceans. She has conducted research in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean. Now she is also studying the Red Sea. Her present goals focus on evaluating the impact of global change in the oceans. She aims to test the vulnerability of planktonic communities to warming, as well as to other stressors associated with global change such as increased UVB radiation, persistent pollutants and ocean acidification. She also studies other related aspects, such as stressors' joint effects and the adaptation of Red Sea organisms to global change.

Selected Publications

  • Garcia-Corral, L.S., S. Agusti, A. Regaudie-de-Gioux, F. Iuculano, P. Carrillo-de-Albornoz, P. Wassmann and C.M. Duarte. 2014. Ultraviolet radiation enhances Arctic net plankton community production. Geophysical Res. Letters 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL060553.
  • Agusti, S. , Llabres, M.M., Carreja B., Fernandez M. , Duarte, C.M. 2014. Contrasting sensitivity of marine biota to UV-B radiation between Southern and Northern hemispheres. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-014-9790-9.
  • Echeveste, P., A. Tovar-Sánchez, S. Agusti. 2014. Tolerance of polar phytoplankton communities to metals. Environmental Pollution, 185: 188-195.
  • Duarte, C.M., A. Regaudie-de-Gioux, J. M. Arrieta, A. Delgado-Huertas, S. Agusti. 2013. The Oligotrophic Ocean Is Heterotrophic. Annual Review of Marine Science 5: 551–69.
  • Agusti, S., and C.M. Duarte. 2013. Phytoplankton lysis predicts dissolved organic carbon release in marine plankton communities. Biogeosciences 10: 1259–1264.
  • Llabrés, M., J. Dachs, S. Agusti. 2012. Transference of Atmospheric Hydroxyl Radical to the Ocean Surface Induces High Phytoplankton Cell Death. Photochemistry and Photobiology 88: 1473–1479.