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Dr Oscar Serrano

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5080, Mobile: 0452598114, Email:, Room: 19.350
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5080  
Mobile: 0452598114  
Room: 19.350  



I have over seven years research experience in marine ecology and palaeoecology, and in marine biogeochemical cycles. In Spain I worked at the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes and the University of Santiago de Compostela.

  • 2012: Post Doctoral Researcher, School of Natural Sciences.
  • 2011: Research Contract, University of Santiago de Compostela, Project “AGRIWESTMED - Origins and spread of agriculture in the south-western Mediterranean region”. Coordinator: Antonio Martinez cortizas.
  • 2005-2010: Research Contracts and Fellows, Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Projects “SUMAR II - The carbon sink associated with marine macrophytes and development of their potential in paleoecology and environmental management”; “SUMAR - El papel de las praderas marinas mediterráneas en el ciclo global del carbono”; “CARBOMED - Magnitude of the carbon sink associated with the seagrass Posidonia oceanica and potential in paleoecology”; “Asistencia técnica para el estudio de confirmación de la evaluación de la calidad ambiental de las masas de agua costeras utilizando macroalgas e invertebrados bentónicos como bioindicadores”; “WADI - Sustainable management of the Mediterranean coastal fresh and transitional water bodies: a socio-economic and environmental analysis of changes and trends to enhance and sustain stakeholder’s benefits”.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the consolidated research group directed by Iosune Uriz, GRUPO DE ECOLOGIA BENTONICA, SGR2005-000277 at the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CSIC).
  • Foundation member of BIOSFERA, Associació d’Educació Ambiental.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Marine Ecology and Palaeoecology
  • Marine Biogeochemical Cycles (with a focus on the role of seagrasses as a Blue Carbon sink and the reconstruction of past metal pollution in coastal areas).
  • Seagrass Ecology and Paleoecology
  • Global Change
  • Use of Stable Isotopes in Ecological Studies
  • Basic and Applied Ecology of Aquatic Macrophytes
  • Balance of Ecosystem
  • Detrital Compartment in Marine Macrophytes
  • Biomarkers and Analysis of Ecosystem Health

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Spain, 2011 .


Recent Research Grants

  • A novel approach to assess pollution in coastal ecosystems,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2015,  2015,  $24,700.
  • Assessing the capacity of seagrass sediments to sequester carbon dioxide and metal pollution: past, present and future scenarios,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2015,  $138,096.
  • Organic Carbon Preservation in Estuarine Seagrass Meadows of Western Australia,  Ernest Hodgkin Trust,  Scholarship,  2013,  $5,031.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Gerard, P., Bazairi, H., Bianchi, CN., Boudouresque, C., Buia, MC., Clabaut, P., Harmelin-Vivien, M., Mateo, M., Montefalcone, M., Morri, C., Orfanidis, S., Pergent-Martini, C., Semroud, R., Serrano Gras, O., Verlaque, M., (2013), Mediterranean Seagrass Meadows: Resilience and Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation. International Union for Conservation of Nature, 40, Gland, Switzerland and Malaga, Spain.

Journal Articles

  • Jamaludin, M., Serrano Gras, O., Lavery, P., (2013), Comparison of carbon stores by two morphologically different seagrasses. The Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 96(2013), 81-83, Australia.
  • Lavery, P., Mateo, M., Serrano Gras, O., Jamaludin, M., (2013), Variability in the carbon storage of seagrass habitats and its implications for global estimates of Blue Carbon ecosystem service. PLoS One, 8(9), Article number e73748, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073748.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Martinez-Cortizas, A., Mateo, M., Biester, H., Bindler, R., (2013), Millennial scale impact on the marine biogeochemical cycle of mercury from early mining on the Iberian Peninsula. Global Biogeochemical Cycles: an international journal of global change, 27(1), 21-30, United States, DOI: 10.1029/2012GB004296.
  • Fourqurean, JW., Duarte, C., Kennedy, H., Marba, N., Holmer, M., Mateo, M., Apostolaki, ET., Kendrick, GA., Krause-Jensen, D., McGlathery, KJ., Serrano Gras, O., (2012), Seagrass ecosystems as a globally significant carbon stock. Nature Geoscience, 5(7), 505-509, London, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO1477.
  • Serrano Gras, O., Mateo, M., Renom, P., Julia, R., (2012), Characterization of soils beneath a Posidonia oceanica meadow. Geoderma, 185-186(1), 26-36, Germany, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2012.03.020.
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