Dr. Marta Estrada Miyares (Spain) holds degrees in Biology and in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona, as well as  a Ph. D. in Biology. She is Research Professor of the Institut de Ciències del Mar, CMIMA (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. Her career has focused on marine phytoplankton ecology and her primary research interests are the diversity and dynamics of phytoplankton communities and the interactions between physical and biological processes in the pelagic ecosystem. Her work has taken her on oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean and all the major oceans of the world. In 2004, she was awarded the “Creu de Sant Jordi” (St. George Cross) by the Government of Catalonia for her scientific contributions. Estrada is a member of the Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts of Barcelona and of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. Currently, she is the Spanish representative for SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research).