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Dr Viena Puigcorbé

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.


  • International Doctoral Research, Spain, 2016.
  • Masters in Marine Science, Spain, 2010.
  • Bachelor in Environmental Science, Spain, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • Bacterial colonization of particles and its assemblage shifts throughout the water column in the Southern Ocean. Impact on carbon sequestration.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2018 - 2019,  $29,800.
  • 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.
  • Visiting Fellow Dr Frederic Le Moigne,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Visiting Fellow Grant Scheme,  2017 - 2018,  $4,050.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Roca-Martí, M., Masque Barri, P., Benitez-Nelson, C., Rutgers Van Der Loeff, M., Bracher, A., Moreau, S., (2017), Latitudinal distributions of particulate carbon export across the North Western Atlantic Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part 1: Oceanographic Research Papers, 129(2017), 116-130, United Kingdom, Pergamon press, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.08.016.
  • Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Roca-Martí, M., Masque Barri, 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., Iversen, M., Rutgers Van Der Loeff, M., Klaas, C., Cheah, W., Bracher, A., Masque Barri, P., (2017), 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.
  • Roca-Marti, M., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Rutgers Vad Der Loeff, MM., Katlein, C., Fernandez-Mendez, M., Peeken, I., Masque Barri, 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.
  • Mawji, E., Schlitzer, R., Dodas, E., Abadie, C., Abouchami, W., Anderson, R., Baars, O., Bakker, K., Baskaran, M., Bates, N., Bluhm, K., Bowie, A., Bown, J., Boye, M., Boyle, E., Branellec, P., Bruland, K., Brzezinski, M., Bucciarelli, E., Buesseler, K., Butler, E., Cai, P., Cardinal, D., Casciotti, K., Chaves, J., Cheng, H., Chever, F., Church, T., Colman, T., Conway, T., Croot, P., Cutter, G., De Baar, H., De Souza, G., Dehairs, F., Deng, F., Dieu, H., Dulaquais, G., Echegoyen-Sanz, Y., Lawrence Edwards, R., Fahrbach, E., Fitzsimmons, J., Fleisher, M., Frank, M., Friedrich, J., Fripiat, F., Galer, S., Gamo, T., Solsona, E., Gerringa, L., Godoy, J., Gonzalez, S., Grossteffan, E., Hattaa, M., Hayes, C., Heller, M., Henderson, G., Huang, K., Jeandel, C., Jenkins, W., John, S., Kenna, T., Klunder, M., Kretschmer, S., Kumamoto, Y., Laan, P., Labatut, M., Lacan, F., Lam, P., Lannuzel, D., Le Moigne, F., Lechtenfeld, O., Lohan, M., Lua, Y., Masque Barri, P., McClain, C., Measures, C., Middag, R., Moffett, J., Navidad, A., Nishioka, J., Noble, A., Obata, H., Ohnemus, D., Owens, S., Planchon, F., Pradoux, C., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Quaya, P., Radic, A., Rehkämper, M., Remenyi, T., Rijkenberg, M., Rintoul, S., Robinson, L., Roeske, T., Rosenberg, M., Van Der Loeff, M., Ryabenko, E., Saito, M., Roshan, S., Salt, L., Sarthou, G., Schauer, U., Scott, P., Sedwick, P., Sha, L., Shiller, A., Sigman, D., Smethie, W., Smith, G., Sohrin, Y., Speich, S., Stichel, T., Stutsman, J., Swift, J., Tagliabue, A., Thomas, A., Tsunogai, U., Twining, B., Van Aken, H., Van Heuven, S., Van Ooijen, J., Van Weerlee, E., Venchiarutti, C., Voelker, A., Wake, B., Warner, M., Woodward, E., Wu, J., Wyatt, N., Yoshikawa, H., Zheng, X., Xue, Z., Zieringer, M., Zimmer, L., (2015), The GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2014. Marine Chemistry, 177(1), 8p, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.marchem.2015.04.005.
  • Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Benitez-Nelson, C., Masque Barri, 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.
  • Dulaquais, G., Boye, M., Middag, R., Owens, S., Puigcorbe Lacueva, V., Buesseler, K., Masque Barri, 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 Barri, 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.
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