Carles Pelejero

Carles Pelejero

Institut de Ciències del Mar

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Born in Barcelona in 1968, Carles Pelejero graduated in Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1991, with a specialty in Organic Chemistry. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 2000, doing research in the fields of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology through the study of molecular biomarkers in deep sea sediments. He then spent four years of postdoctoral research in Australia, at the Australian National University and Geoscience Australia. There, he developed new methodologies for the elemental and isotopic analysis of marine biogenic carbonates using MC-ICPMS and TIMS. In 2005 he moved to the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), in Barcelona, with a "Ramón y Cajal" contract. In October 2006 he was appointed ICREA Research Professor.

Research interests

I am interested in understanding and quantifying how the marine environment and climate are changing today, in which ways they have changed in the past, and how will they influence marine organisms and ecosystems in the future. To this end, I analyse deep sea sediments and corals as archives of changes in the past, use systems to monitor the present, and run manipulative experiments in aquaria to simulate the future. A main environmental issue that I am currently studying is the progressive acidification of the oceans that is occurring due to the marine absorption of part of the CO2 that humans are emitting to the atmosphere. I am also setting up culture-based systems to calibrate paleoceanographic proxies in corals, making use of the aquaria facilities at the ICM.

Selected publications

– Quirós-Collazos L, Calvo E, Schouten S, van der Meer MTJ, Rodrigo-Gámiz M, Pena LD, Cacho I, & Pelejero C 2020, ‘Controls on primary productivity in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, east of the Galapagos Islands, during the penultimate deglaciation‘, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. 35, 7, e2019PA003777.

– Martínez-Dios A, Pelejero C, López-Sanz A, Sherrell RM, Ko S, Häussermann V, Försterra G & Calvo E 2020, ‘Effects of low pH and feeding on calcification rates of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus, PeerJ.8:e8236.

Selected research activities

– Supervisor of the Marie Curie Fellowship, European Commission Horizon 2020 to Lydia Kapsenberg for the project EVOMA: The influence of Environmental Variability On Mussel Aquaculture and adaptation in the context of global ocean change (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016, C.N. 747637).

– Co-PI of the MICINN Project HICCUP: Human-Induced Changes Compromising the open ocean. Generating Understanding from Paleoceanography (RTI2018-095083-B-I00).

– Coordinator of the Research Group on Marine Biogeochemistry and Global Change. Generalitat de Catalunya (2017SGR1011).

– Participant of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Project CERES: Climate change and European aquatic RESources (H2020-BG-2015-2, C.N. 678193).

– Reviewer of the WGI and WGII contribution to the 6th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report, to be published in 2021-2022.

– Supervising three PhD students (Lucía Quirós-Collazos, Ariadna Martínez-Dios and César Nicolás Rodríguez Díaz).

– Conference: “Novel isotopic tracers in marine sciences: neodymium and boron analysis at nanogram levels” presented at the VII Symposium on Marine Sciences ISMS2020, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.