Carlos Almeida Peña

Additional information: 

Carlos Almeida Peña is a scientist in Algal Biotechnology at the Institute of Oceanography and Global Change and the Spanish Bank of Algae (BEA). Ph.D. in Marine Sciences (1996), for 18 years he has done research in Biological Oceanography studiyng different aspects of the physiology of zooplankton (growth, respiration,…) by enzimatic methods and since 2006 he has been doing research at the BEA. Lecturer in the Marine Sciences Faculty at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, currently he is in charge of the Cytometry unit, he is co-coordinator of the biotechnology unit and he is Head of Service at the BEA. His main research interests are related to the biotechnology, physiology and cultivation of marine microalgae. He has got a wide experience in laboratory and pilot-scale cultivation of marine microalgae and cyanobacteria. Research objectives include physiological and biochemical characterization, transformation and applications of marine algal biomass, and the development of wastewaters and CO2 biofiltration systems by using algae.

Research interests: 
  • Algal Biotechnology
  • Algal Physiology
  • Applied Phycology
  • Algae and Climate Change
  • Cytometry

Recent publications

Hernández-León, S. Putzeys, S., Almeida, C., Bécognée, P., Marrero-Díaz, A., Arístegui, J., Yebra, L., 2019. Carbon export through zooplankton active flux in the Canary Current. Journal Of Marine Systems, 189, 12-21.

Montero, L., Sedghi, M., García, Y., Almeida, C., Safi, C., Engelen-Smit, N., Cifuentes, A., Mendiola, J.A., Ibáñez, E., 2018. Pressurized Liquid Extraction of Pigments from Chlamydomonas sp. and Chemical Characterization by HPLC–MS/MS. Journal of Analysis and Testing 2(2), 149-157 https:/ (currently unavailable). Access publication

Hernández-León, S., Sangrà, P., Lehette, P., Lubián, L., Almeida, C., Putzeys, S., Bécognée, P., Andrade, M. P., 2013. Zooplankton biomass and metabolism in the frontal zones of the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica. Journal of Marine Systems, 111-112, 196-207.

Putzeys, S., Yebra, L., Almeida, C., Bécognée, P., Hernández-León, S., 2011. Influence of the late winter bloom on migrant zooplankton metabolism and its implications on export fluxes. Journal of Marine Systems, 88, 553-562.

Bécognée, P., Moyano, M., Almeida, C., Rodríguez, J. M., Fraile-Nuez, E., Hernández-Guerra, A., Hernández-León, S., 2009. Mesoscale distribution of clupeoid larvae in an upwelling filament trapped by a quasi-permanent cyclonic eddy off Northwest Africa, Deep-Sea Research, 56, 330-343.

Yebra, L., Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Bécognée, P., 2009. Metabolism and biomass vertical distribution of zooplankton in the Bransfield Strait during the austral summer of 2000. Polar Research, 28, 415-425.

Hernández-León, S., Montero, I., Almeida, C., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., Bruce-Lauli, E., 2008. Mesozooplankton biomass and indices of grazing and metabolic activity in Antarctic waters. Polar Biology, 31, 1373-1382.

Bécognée, P., Barrera, A., Almeida, C., Hernández-Guerra, A., Hernández-León, S., 2006. Annual cycle of clupeiform larvae around Gran Canaria Island, Canary Islands. Fisheries Oceanography, 15, 4, 293-300.

Yebra, L., Almeida, C., Hernández-León, S., 2005. Vertical distribution of zooplankton and active flux across an anticyclonic eddy in the Canary Island waters. Deep-Sea Res. I, 52, 69-83.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Bécognée, P., Yebra, L., Arístegui, J., 2004. Zooplankton biomass and indices of grazing and metabolism during a Late Winter Bloom in subtropical waters. Mar. Biol., 145, 1191-1200.

Yebra, L., Almeida, C., Bécognée, P., Rodríguez, J. M., Hernández-León, S., 2004. The effect of upwelling filaments and island-induced eddies on indices of feeding, respiration and growth in copepods. Progr. Oceanogr., 62, 151-169.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., Gómez, M., Rodríguez, J. M., Arístegui, J., 2002. Zooplankton biomass and indices of feeding and metabolism in relation to an upwelling filament off the Northwest Africa. Journal of Marine Research, 60, 327-346.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Yebra, L., Arístegui, J., 2002. Lunar cycle of zooplankton biomass in subtropical waters: biogeochemical implications. Journal of Plankton Research, 24, 935-939.

Hernández-León, S., Gómez, M., Pagazaurtundua, M., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., Montero, I., Almeida, C., 2001. Vertical distribution of zooplankton in Canary Island waters: implications for export flux. Deep-Sea Research I, 48, 1071-1092.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., Bécognée, P., Moreno, I., 2001. Diel feeding behaviour of krill in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser., 223, 235-242.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Yebra, L., Arístegui, J., Fernández de Puelles, M. L., García-Braun, J., 2001. Zooplankton abundance in subtropical waters: Is there a lunar cycle? Scientia Marina, 65, 59-64.

Hernández-León, S., C. Almeida, C., Gómez, M., Torres, S., Montero, I., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., 2001. Zooplankton biomass and indices of feeding and metabolism in island-generated eddies around Gran Canaria. J. Mar. Syst., 30, 51-66.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Portillo-Hahnefeld, A., Gómez, M., Montero, I., 2000. Biomass and potential feeding, respiration and growth of zooplankton in the Bransfield Strait (Antarctic Peninsula) during austral summer. Polar Biology, 23, 679-690.

Hernández-León, S., Torres, S., Gómez, M., Montero, I., Almeida, C., 1999. Biomass and metabolism of zooplankton in the Bransfield Strait (Antarctic Peninsula) during austral spring. Polar Biology, 21, 214-219.

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.

Hernández-León, S., Almeida, C., Montero, I., 1995. The use of aspartate transcarbamylase (ATC) activity to estimate growth rates in zooplankton. ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, 52, 377-383.