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Using Margalef’s vision to understand the current aquatic microbial ecology
Ana Rocio Borrero-Santiago, Walter Dellisanti, Andrés Sánchez-Quinto, Javier Moreno-Andrés, Philip Nemoy, Kumari Richa, Patricia Margarita Valdespino-Castillo, Daniel Diaz-de-Quijano, Vicente J. Ontiveros, Simone Fontana, Caterina R. Giner, Isabel Sanz-Sáez, Mireia Mestre

Ramon Margalef was a pioneering scientist who introduced an interdisciplinary approach to ecological studies. His studies were among the first to incorporate various concepts in the literature of aquatic ecology, covering topics such as organisms, ecosystem interactions and evolution. To bring Margalef’s approach into current scientific studies, in this review we explore his vision of aquatic ecology within four interrelated fields of study: ecological theory, microbial diversity, biogeochemical cycles and global environmental changes. Taking inspiration from his studies, we analyse current scientific challenges and propose an integrated approach, considering the unifying concept of Margalef’s Mandala with the aim of improving future studies on aquatic microbial ecology.

Keywords: aquatic ecology; integrated approach; succession; biogeochemical cycles; global change
Contents of this volume Sci. Mar. 86(1) : 26-26 Back PDF
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