Biological Oceanography Lab
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Juan de la Cruz Martinez Ayala

Research Specialist


​Impact of global change in the oceans, ecology of photosynthetic plankton, metabolic balance of the oceans, vulnerability of planktonic communities to warming, UVB radiation.

Research Interests

Marine Ecology, Global Change, Oceanography, Biogeochemistry

Selected Publications

Susana Agusti, Juan Martinez-Ayala, Aurore Regaudie-de-Gioux and Carlos M. Duarte. Oligotrophication and Metabolic Slowing-Down of a NW Mediterranean Coastal Ecosystem.  Front. Mar. Sci. (2017)

Lara S. Garcia-Corral, Juan Martinez-Ayala, Carlos M. Duarte, Susana Agusti. Experimental assessment of acumulative temperature and UV-B radiation effects on Mediterranean plankton metabolism. Frontiers in Marine Science ection Global Change and the Future Ocean (2015).

De la Cruz Martínez, J., Travaini, A., Gandini, P. A. Presencia de la Lechuza de Campanario (Tyto alba) en el Océano Atlántico SurHornero 026 (02): 159-161. (2012)


M.Sc., Management and Environmental Audits Marine Science and Technology, Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Iberoamericana University Foundation, 2005.
BSc., Marine Sciences University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, LPGC, Canary Islands, Spain, 2003.

Professional Profile

​​2010 - 2015: Research Technician, IMEDEA, Balearic Islands, Spain.
2008 - 2009: Research Technician, Research Center Puerto Deseado, UNPA, Santa Cruz, Argentina.
2007: Research assistant in cetaceans watching project, CIRCE, Tarifa, Spain.
2002 - 2003: Fellow in research projects in fisheries biology, Faculty in Marine Sciences, ULPGC, Canary Islands, Spain.

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)