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POLARCSIC Newsletter nº 7 - September 2021


* Publications

* Projects

* Final Degree, Master and PhD theses

* Webinars: "Café con hielo"

* Books and special issues


New POLARCSIC publications


Proteorhodopsin phototrophy in Antarctic coastal waters

Cifuentes-Anticevic J, Alcamán-Arias ME, Alarcón-Schumacher T, Tamayo-Leiva J, Pedrós-Alió C, Farías L, Díez B. 2021. mSphere 6:e00525-21. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00525-21.


Chemical control of marine associated microbial communities in sessile Antarctic invertebrates.

Angulo-Preckler C, García-López E, Figuerola B, Avila C, Cid C.  Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 2020. https://doi.org/10.3354/ame01948


Trace elements in Antarctic penguins and the potential role of guano as source of recycled metals in the Southern Ocean

Erica Sparaventi, Araceli Rodríguez-Romero, Andrés Barbosa, Laura Ramajo, Antonio Tovar-Sánchez. Chemosphere, 2021, 131423 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131423

Geomicrobiological Heterogeneity of Lithic Habitats in the Extreme Environment of Antarctic Nunataks: A Potential Early Mars Analog

Fernández-Martínez Miguel Ángel, García-Villadangos Miriam, Moreno-Paz Mercedes, Gangloff Valentin, Carrizo Daniel, Blanco Yolanda, González Sergi, Sánchez-García Laura, Prieto-Ballesteros Olga, Altshuler Ianina, Whyte Lyle G., Parro Victor, Fairén Alberto G. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12 1568. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.670982

Volcanism in Antarctica: 200 Million Years of Subduction, Rifting and Continental Break-up

Smellie J.L., Panter K.S., Geyer A., (2021). Geological Society, London, Memoirs Volume 55, 2021. https://mem.lyellcollection.org/content/55/1



The case of a southern European glacier which survived Roman and Medieval warm periods but is disappearing under recent warming.

Moreno A, Bartolomé M, López-Moreno JI., et al.  2021. The Cryosphere, 15, 1157–1172, 2021. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-1157-2021


The interface of rocks and microorganisms.

De los Ríos A., Souza-Egipsy V. (2021) In: Life at rock surfaces. (Büdel B. & Friedl T. eds) Series: Life in Extreme Environments. Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin, Boston. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110646467-001


From Pole to Pole: Contamination of Marine Ecosystems in a Changing World

Corsolini,S., Ademollo, N., Ancora S., Jimenez B. (2021). Frontiers Research Topic – Frontiers in Marine Sciences , Marine Pollution. https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/20159/from-pole-to-pole-contamination-of-marine-ecosystems-in-a-changing-world


Are recently deglaciated areas at both poles colonised by the same bacteria?

Del Moral A., Garrido-Benavent I., Durán J., Lehmann JR, Rodríguez A., Heiðmarsson S., de los Ríos A. (2021. FEMS Microbiology Letters, fnab011. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnab011


Impact of ICE-sheet retreat and geological controls on Fluid fLow dynAMics of the antarctic pEninsula continental margin (ICEFLAME) – PID2020-114856RB-I00, 2021-2024

Period: 2021-2024
PI: Roger Urgelés (ICM)


 Polar_EcoGen. Ecogenomics and evolution of key polar uncultured procaryotes. PID2020-116489RB-I00

Period: 2021-2024
PI: Silvia Acinas (ICM)


Climate relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of sea ice and snow in the polar and global climate system (CRICES) EU-H2020

Period: 2021-2025
PI: Risto Makkonen (FMI); Carolina Gabarró (ICM)


Reconstruction of neoglacial climate variability in the polar North Atlantic (NEOCLIM). PID2020-113798GB-C33

Period: 2021-2024
PI: Santiago Giralt (GEO3BCN)


Structure and Dynamics of Hydrothermal Systems in Polar Volcanic Calderas (HYDROCAL).  PID2020-114876GB-I00

Period: 2021-2024
PI: Adelina Geyer (GEO3BCN)

Polar Campaigns

The ICM returns to the Arctic to study cloud formation and ocean-atmosphere interactions  within the frame of the Arctic Century Expedition, organized jointly by the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI), the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) and the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) (read more)

Final Degree, Master and PhD Theses

Final Degree Theses

Estudio de la diversidad microbiana en ambientes extremos.

Student: Fátima Ruiz Blas.

Facultad de ciencias. Universidad de Alcalá.

Date of defense: June 2021


Mediciones del hielo marino con radiometro de banda L Ariel

Student: Pau Fabregat.

Escuela superior de ingenieria de Telecomunicaciones UPC

Date of defense: July 2021


Master Theses

Diversidad de comunidades litobiónticas de glaciar rocoso (Isla Livingston, Antártida).

Student: Lucía Camacho Herrero

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Date of defense: July 2021


Identification of Lagrangian Coherent Structures in oceanic flows

Student: Renzo Bruera

Departament de Matemàtiques,Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya

Date of defense: July 2021

Webinars: "Café con Hielo"

"Café con hielo" is a series of dissemination talks cover current issues on polar science. The activity comes from the collaboration between the platform POLARCSIC (from the Spanish National Research Council) and APECS-Spain, with the aim of approaching polar science to the general public.

The series include 6 sessions, all of them during Spring 2021. In each session, two scientists give a flash talk about different perspectives of the session topic and afterwards, there is an open round table, conducted by a chair related to the topic. The idea is to promote the participation of the audience with questions and comments to create a conversation among all the participants.

The activities were broadcasted live and can be accessed at POLARCSIC Youtube Channel.

Access all "Cafe con Hielo" here!

Books and Special Issues

From Pole to Pole: Contamination of Marine Ecosystems in a Changing World


Frontiers Research Topic - Frontiers in Marine Sciences , Marine Pollution

Edited by: S. Corsolini, N. Ademollo, S. Ancora y B. Jimenez


Manuscript submission deadline: 11 September 2021

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