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Dr Viena Puigcorbé Lacueva

Post Doctoral Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2737, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.347
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2737
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.347  


Post Doctoral Research Fellow within the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research in the School of Science.

Background / Employment History

  • 2016-present: Post Doctoral Researcher, School of Science, Edith Cowan University
  • 2010-2016: PhD, Environmental Sciences and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • 2009-2010: MSc, Marine Sciences and Oceanography, Universitat de Barcelona

National and International Research Positions

  • 2011 – 2012: FPU Visiting researcher fellowship at the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina (USA)


  • 2014 - Invited to the Dissertation Symposium on Chemical Oceanography (DISCO XXIV), Kaua’i, HI (USA)

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group (MERS) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Research Areas and Interests

Research interests:

  • Marine biogeochemistry
  • Natural radionuclides
  • Planktonic community structures productivity and particle fluxes in the open ocean

Use of radioactive isotopes as tracers of particles in the ocean. Research Areas:

  • Southern Ocean: Influence of fronts and eddies in the planktonic communities and the elemental cycling of nutrients and trace metals
  • Arctic Ocean: Impact of the declining of sea-ice in the biogeochemical cycles and water masses circulation
  • Eastern Tropical North Pacific and Gulf of California: Role of small phytoplankton groups related to carbon export and export efficiency in oligotrophic regions
  • Atlantic Ocean: Particle export distribution at an oceanic basin scale as part of the GEOTRACES program
  • Mediterranean Sea: Impact of spring phytoplankton blooms related to atmospheric CO2 uptake and sequestration.


  • Masters in Marine Science, Spain, 2010.
  • Bachelor in Environmental Science, Spain, 2010.


Recent Research Grants

  • Linking the iron and the carbon cycles in the Southern Ocean. Enhancing the collaboration with IMAS and ICM,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $8,730.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Roca-Marti, M., Masque, P., Benitez-Nelson, CR., Rutgers V. D. Loeff, M., Laglera, LM., Bracher, A., Cheah, W., Strass, VH., Hoppema, M., Santos-Echeandia, J., Hunt, BP., Pakhomov, EA., Klass, C., (2017), Particulate organic carbon export across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current at 10?E: Differences between north and south of the Antarctic Polar Front. Deep-Sea Research Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 138(April 2017), 86-101, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.05.016.
  • Roca-Marti, M., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Rutgers Vad Der Loeff, MM., Katlein, C., Fernandez-Mendez, M., Peeken, I., Masque, P., (2016), Carbon export fluxes and export efficiency in the central Arctic during the record sea-ice minimum in 2012: a joint 234Th/238U and 210Po/210Pb study. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121(7), 5030-5049, DOI: 10.1002/2016JC011816.
  • Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Benitez-Nelson, C., Masque, P., Verdeny, E., White, A., Popp, B., Prahl, F., Lam, P., (2015), Small phytoplankton drive high summertime carbon and nutrient export in the Gulf of California and Eastern Tropical North Pacific. Global Biogeochemical Cycles: an international journal of global change, 29(8), 1309-1332,  American Geophysical Union, DOI: 10.1002/2015GB005134.
  • Roca-Marti, M., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Iversen, M., Rutgers Van Der Loeff, M., Klaas, C., Cheah, W., Bracher, A., Masque, P., (2015), High particulate organic carbon export during the decline of a vast diatom bloom in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 138(April 2017), 102-115, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.12.007.
  • Dulaquais, G., Boye, M., Middag, R., Owens, S., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Buesseler, K., Masque, P., De Baar, H., Carton, X., (2014), Contrasting biogeochemical cycles of cobalt in the surface western Atlantic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles: an international journal of global change, 28(12), 1387-1412, New Jersey, USA, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/ 2014GB004903.
  • Rigaud, S., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Camara-Mor, P., Casacuberta, N., Roca-Marti, M., Garcia-Orellana, J., Benitez-Nelson, C., Masque, P., Church, T., (2013), A methods assessment and recommendations for improving calculations and reducing uncertainties in the determination of 210Po and 210Pb activities in seawater. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 11(OCT), 561-571, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc, DOI: 10.4319/lom.2013.11.561.
  • Church, T., Rigaud, S., Baskaran, M., Kumar, A., Friedrich, J., Masque, P., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Kim, G., Radakovitch, O., Hong, G., Choi, H., Steward, G., (2012), Intercalibration studies of 210Po and 210Pb in dissolved and particulate seawater samples. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 10(OCTOBER), 776-789, DOI: 10.4319/lom.2012.10.776.
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