Xabier Irigoien

Professor, Marine Science
Director, Red Sea Research Center

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Red Sea Research Center


Education Profile

  • ​​​​Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Bordeaux, Arcachon, France, 1994
  • M.S., Experimental Ecology, University of Pau, France, 1990
  • B.S., Biology, University of the Basque Country, Spain, 1989

Research Interests

​Professor Irigoien's research is focused on the understanding of the functioning of pelagic marine ecosystems. He has interests in trophic control of recruiting mechanisms and in factors controlling biodiversity.

Selected Publications

  • X. Irigoien, A. De Roos, "From biology to climate and back: the role of intraguild predation in the population dynamics of small pelagic fish". Mar. Biol. 158:1683–1690, 2011.
  • X. Irigoien, G. Chust, JA Fernandes, A. Albaina, L.Zarauz, "Factors determining the distribution and betadiversity of mesozooplankton species in shelf and coastal waters of the Bay of Biscay". J. Plankton Res 33: 1182-1192, 2011.
  • X. Irigoien, X., Flynn, K.J., Harris, R.P., "Phytoplankton blooms : A 'loophole' in microzooplankton grazing impact" J. Plank. Res. 27: 313-321, 2005.
  • X. Irigoien, Huisman, J., Harris, R.P., "Global biodiversity patterns of marine phytoplankton and zooplankton". Nature 429: 864-867, 2004.
  • X. Irigoien, X., R.P. Harris, H.M. Verheye, P. Joly, J. Runge, M. Starr, D. Pond, R. Campbell, R. Shreeve, P. Ward, A.N. Smith, H. G. Dam, W. Peterson , V. Tirelli, M. Koski, T. Smith, D. Harbour, R. Davidson, "Copepod hatching success in marine ecosystems with high diatom concentrations". Nature 419: 387-389, 2002.