María Fernanda Montero del Pino

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Research interests: 
  • Phytoplankton and microbial ecophysiology
  • Flow cytometry
  • Microbial enzymatic activities

Recent publications

Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., Hernández-Hernández, N., Alonso-González, I. J., Baltar, F., Calleja, M. L., & Duarte, C. M. (2021) Suspended particulate and dissolved organic carbon (POC and DOC), electron transport system (ETS) activity, derived respiration and POC fluxes in the Canary Current upwelling region. PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science

Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., Hernández-Hernández, N., Alonso-González, I. J., Baltar, F., Calleja, M. Ll., Duarte, C. M., 2020. Variability in water-column respiration and its dependence on organic carbon sources in the Canary Current upwelling region. Frontiers in Earth Science, 8, 349. ​

Hernández-Hernández, N., Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., Velasco-Senovilla, E., Baltar, F., Marrero-Díaz, A., Martínez-Marrero, A., Rodríguez-Santana, A., 2020. Drivers of Plankton distribution across mesoscale eddies at submesoscale range. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 667.

Baños, I., Montero, M.F., Benavides, M., Arístegui, J., 2020. INT Toxicity over Natural Bacterial Assemblages from Surface Oligotrophic Waters: Implications for the Assessment of Respiratory Activity. Microbial Ecology.

Ortega-Retuerta, E., Mazuecos, I.P., Reche, I., Gasol, J.M., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., Álvarez, M., Montero, M.F., Arístegui, J., 2019. Transparent Exopolymer Particle (TEP) distribution and in situ prokaryotic generation across the deep Mediterranean Sea and nearby North East Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography, 173, 180-191.

Filella, A., Baños, I. Montero, M.F., Hernández-Hernández, N., Rodríguez-Santos, A., Ludwig, A., Riebesell, U., Arístegui, J., 2018. Plankton Community Respiration and ETS Activity Under Variable CO2 and Nutrient Fertilization During a Mesocosm Study in the Subtropical North Atlantic. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:310.

Gómez-Letona, M., Arístegui, J., Ramos, A. G., Montero, M. F., Coca, J., 2018. Lack of impact of the El Hierro (Canary Islands) submarine volcanic eruption on the local phytoplankton community. Scientific Reports, 8, 4667.

Hernández-Hernández, N., Bach, L.T., Montero, M.F., Taucher, J., Baños, I., Guan, W., Espósito, M., Ludwig, A., Achterberg, E.P., Riebesell, U., Arístegui, J., 2018. High CO2 Under Nutrient Fertilization Increases Primary Production and Biomass in Subtropical Phytoplankton Communities: A Mesocosm Approach. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:213

Taucher, J., Arístegui, J., Bach, L.T., Guan, W., Montero, M.F., Nauendorf, A., Achterberg, E.P., Riebesell, U., 2018. Response of Subtropical Phytoplankton Communities to Ocean Acidification Under Oligotrophic Conditions and During Nutrient Fertilization. Front. Mar. Sci. 5:330.

Benavides, M., Bonnet, S., Hernández, N., Martínez Pérez, A.M., Nieto-Cid, M., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A., Baños, I., Montero, M.F., Mazuecos, I.P., Gasol, J.M., Osternolz, H. Dittmar, T., Berman-Frank, I., Arístegui, J., 2016. Basin-wide N2 fixation in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Fernández-Castro, B., Arístegui, J., Anderson, L., Montero, M. F., Hernández León, S., Marañón, E., Mouriño Carballido, B., 2016. Mesopelagic respiration near the ESTOC (European Station for Time-Series in the Ocean, 15.5°W, 29.1°N) site inferred from a tracer conservation model. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, vol. 115, 63-73.

Figueiras, F. G ., Arbones, B ., Montero, M. F ., Barton, E. D ., Arístegui, J., 2016. Photophysiological variability and its influence on primary production in the NW Africa-Canary Islands coastal transition zone. Journal of Marine Systems, 157, 92-100.

Ferrera, I., Arístegui, J., González, J. M., Montero, M. F., Fraile-Nuez, E., Gasol, J. M., 2015. Transient changes in bacterioplankton communities induced by the submarine volcanic eruption of El Hierro (Canary Islands). PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118136.

Anabalón, V., Arístegui, J., Morales, C. E., Andrade, I., Benavides, M., Correa-Ramírez, M. A., Espino, M., Ettahiri, O., Hormazabal, S., Makaoui, A., Montero, M. F., Orbi, A., 2014. The structure of planktonic communities under variable coastal upwelling conditions off Cape Ghir (31°N) in the Canary Current System (NW Africa). Progress in Oceanography, 120:320-339.

Fraile-Nuez, E., González-Dávila, M., Santana-Casiano, J. M., Arístegui, J., Alonso-González, I. J., Hernández-León, S., Blanco, M. J., Rodríguez-Santana, A., Hernández-Guerra, A., Gelado-Caballero, M. D., Eugenio, F., Marcello, J., de Armas, D., Domínguez-Yanes, J. F., Montero, M. F., Laetsch, D. R., Vélez-Belchí, P., Ramos, A., Ariza, A. V., Comas-Rodríguez, I., Benítez-Barrios, V. M., 2012. The submarine volcano eruption of El Hierro Island: physical-chemical perturbation and biological response. Nature Scientific Reports , 2, 486.

Mendonça, A., Arístegui, J., Vilas, J. C., Montero, M. F., Ojeda, A., Espino, M., Martins, A., 2012. Is there a seamount effect on microbial community structure and biomass? The case study of Seine and Sedlo Seamounts (Northeast Atlantic). PloS ONE , 7, e29526, 1-13.

Montero, M. F., Aristizábal, M., García Reina, G., 2011. Isolation of high-lipid content strains of the marine microalga Tetraselmis suecica for biodiesel production by flow cytometry and single-cell sorting. Journal of Applied Phycology, 23, 1053-1057.

Montero, M.F., Aristizabal, M., García Reina, G., 2010. Isolation of high lipid-content strains of marine microalgae Teraselmis suecica for biodiesel production by flow cytometry and single-cell sorting”. Journal Applied Phycology,

Arístegui, J., Mendonca, A., Vilas, J. C., Espino, M., Polo, I., Montero, M. F., Martins, A., 2009. Plankton metabolic balance at two north Atlantic seamounts. Deep-Sea Research II, 56, 2646-2655.

Vilas, J. C., Arístegui, J., Kiriakoulakis, K., Wolf , G., Espino, M., Polo, I., Montero, M. F., Mendonca, A., 2009. Seamounts and organic matter – is there an effect? The case of Sedlo and Seine Seamounts Part I. Distributions of dissolved and particulate organic matter. Deep-Sea Research, 56, 2618-2630.

Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., 2005. Temporal and spatial changes in microplankton respiration and biomass in the Canary Islands: the effect of mesoscale variability. Journal of Marine Systems, 65-82.

Pelegrí, J. L., Arístegui, J., Cana, L., González-Dávila, M., Hernández-Guerra, A., Hernández-León, S., Marrero-Díaz, A., Montero, M. F., Sangrà, P., Santana-Casiano, J. M., 2005. Coupling between the open ocean and the coastal upwelling region off Northwest Africa: Water recirculation and offshore pumping of organic matter. Journal of Marine System, 54, 3-37.

Arístegui, J., Barton, E. D., Tett, P., Montero, M. F., García-Muñoz, M., Basterretxea, G., Cussatlegras, A-S., Ojeda, A., de Armas, D., 2004. Variability in plankton community structure, metabolism, and vertical carbon fluxes along an upwelling filament (Cape Juby, NW Africa). Progress in Oceanography, 62, 95-114.

García Muñoz, M., Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., Barton, E. D., 2004. Distribution and transport of organic matter along a filament - eddy system in the Canaries - NW Africa coastal transition zone region. Progress in Oceanography, 62, 115-130.

Sebastián, M., Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., Niell, F. X., 2004. Kinetics of alkaline phosphatase activity, and effect pf phosphate enrichment: a case study in the NW African upwelling region. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 270, 1-13.

Sebastián, M., Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., Escánez, J., Niell, F. X., 2004. Alkaline phosphatase activity and its relationship to inorganic phosporous in the transition zone of the North-western African upwelling system. Progress in Oceanography, 62, 131-150.

Arístegui, J, Barton, E. D., Montero, M. F., García-Muñoz, M., Escánez, J., 2003. Organic carbon distribution and water-column respiration in the NW Africa-Canaries Coastal Transition Zone region. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 33, 289-301.

Arístegui, J., Denis, M., Almunia, J., Montero, M. F., 2002. Water-column remineralization in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean during early spring. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 1707-1720.

Tett, P., Arístegui, J., Barton, D., Basterretxea, G., de Armas, J. D., Escánez, J., Hernández-León, S., Lorenzo, L., Montero, M. F., 2002. Steady-state DCM dynamics in Canaries waters. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 3543-3559.

Arístegui, J., Hernández-León, S., Montero, M. F., Gómez, M., 2001. The seasonal planktonic cycle in coastal waters of the Canary Islands. Scientia Marina, 65, 51-58.

Hernández-León, S., Postel, L., Arístegui, J., Gómez, M., Montero, M. F., Torres, S., Almeida, C., Kühner, E., Brenning, U., Hagen, E., 1999. Large-scale and mesoscale distribution of plankton biomass and metabolic activity in the Northeastern Central Atlantic. Journal of Oceanography, 55, 471-482.

Barton, E.D., Arístegui, J., Tett, P., García-Braun, J., Hernández-León, S., Nykjaer, L., Almeida, C., Almunia, J., Ballesteros, S., Basterretxea, G., Escánez, J., García-Weil, L., Hernández-Guerra, A., López-Laatzen, F., Molina, R., Montero, M. F., Navarro-Pérez, E., Rodríguez-Pérez, J. M., Van Lenning, K., Vélez, H., Wild, K., 1998. The Transition Zone Of The Canary Current Upwelling Region. Progress In Oceanography, 41, 455-504.

Hernández-León, S., Arístegui, J., Gómez, M., Torres, S., Almeida, C., Montero, M. F., Ojeda, A., 1998. Mesozooplankton metabolism and its effect on chlorophyll and primary production in slope waters of the Canary Islands. Annales de L´Institute Oceanographique de Paris, 74,127-138.

Arístegui, J., Tett, P., Hernández-Guerra, A., Basterretxea, G., Montero, M. F., Wild, K., Sangrá, P., Hernández-León, S., Cantón, M., García-Braun, J. A., Pacheco, M., Barton, E. D., 1997. The influence of island-generated eddies on chlorophyll distribution: a study of mesoscale variation around Gran Canaria. Deep-Sea Research I, 44, 71-96.

Arístegui, J, Montero, M. F., Ballesteros, S., Basterretxea, G., Van Lenning, K., 1996. Planktonic primary production and microbial respiration measured by C-14 assimilation and dissolved oxygen changes in coastal waters of the Antarctic Peninsula during austral summer: implications for carbon flux studies. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 132, 191-201.

Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., 1995. Plankton community respiration in Bransfield Strait (Antarctic Ocean) during austral spring. Journal of Plankton Research, 17, 1647-1659.

Arístegui, J., Montero, M. F., 1995. The relationship between community respiration and ETS activity in the ocean. Journal of Plankton Research, 17, 1563-1572.