Pere is a Professor in the School of Science and a member of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research.
Pere Masqué joined Edith Cowan University from the Department of Physics and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). His research focuses on the use of both natural and artificial radioactive isotopes as tracers of environmental processes, mostly in the oceans. Current working areas include the Gulf of California and the eastern tropical North Pacific, Fukushima, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic, the Antarctic and the Arctic Oceans and, since recently, coastal ecosystems in Australia.
- 2015 - Present: Professor. School of Science. Edith Cowan University (Australia)
- 2015 - Present: Adjunct Professor. Oceans Institute & School of Physics. The University of Western Australia (Australia)
- 2014 - 2015: Adjunct Professor. School of Natural Sciences. Edith Cowan University (Australia)
- 2011 - Present: Professor. Physics Department. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- 2008 - 2014: Vice director. Physics Department. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- 2005 - 2011: Associate Professor. Physics Department. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- 2003 - Present: Research Scientist. Environmental Science and Technology Institute, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- 2002 - 2003: Assistant Professor. Physics Department, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- 2000 - 2002: Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow. Marine Sciences Research Center, SUNY Stony Brook.
- 1998 - 2000: Assistant Professor. Physics Department, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- 1997 - 1998: Research Scientist. Physics Department, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
- Member of the Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group (MERS) at UAB
- Member of the External Advisory Team of the Catalan Agency for Food Safety
- Representative at the Scientific Committee for Oceanographic Research (SCOR).
- Member of the GEOTRACES International Scientific Steering Committee
- Member of the Permanent Commission of the Environmental Science and Technology Institute of UAB
Awards and Recognition
National and International Awards
- ICREA Academia award, Generalitat de Catalunya, 2008-2102
- Research Intensification Award (I3 Program) UAB – Generalitat de Catalunya, 2006
National and International Research Positions
- Gledden Visiting Fellowship with the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia (Australia) - 2014
- Visiting Scholar at the Oceans Institute of The University of Western Australia (Australia) - 2013
- Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Grant - 2000-2002.
Research Areas and Interests
Pere’s main research focusses on the use of radioactive isotopes of tracers of a number of processes in the environment, such as:
- The impact of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) on nutrient and trace metal biogeochemistry of coastal and open ocean regimes.
- The Ocean’s role in global climate change as a source or sink of atmospheric CO2
- The capacity of coastal ecosystems (i.e. seagrass meadows) for storing carbon at different time scales and their significance to mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions (Blue Carbon)
- Arctic Ocean: the impact of the declining of sea-ice in the biogeochemical cycles and water masses circulation.
- Reconstruction of the historical patterns of climate, pollution and other natural and anthropogenically-driven processes
- Past ocean circulation and productivity rates and their role in controlling paleoclimate, particularly during the Last Glacial Maximum and the Holocene.
- Radiological impacts of radioactive materials in the environment