I’m a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, surfing the wave of molecular microbiology, eager to know the answer to key ecological questions.


As a pro-active group leader, I am developing a vibrant research group and lucky to have some really great people!

Dr. Joseph Christie-Oleza
Principal Investigator

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.

Loren Eiseley

Dr Mar Aguilo-Ferretjans
Senior research technician

Mar is working on the Spanish-funded project polyDEmar.  As well as characterising plastic biodegradation, she is looking into marine interactions between phototrophs and heterotrophs, maintaining the lab's culture collections amongst many other tasks! 

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Theo Obrador Viel
PhD student

Theo is working on the mechanistics of microbial plastic biodegradation, investigating new isolates and new enzymes obtained from different environments. Funded with an FPU scholarship (Spanish funding).

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Sharing what you know is one of the most enriching experience of being a scientist. Encourage others and yourself to understand a bit more of the science behind what we see.

Vinko Z - Plastic Gang Member

Dr Vinko Zadjelovic-Varas

Vinko is working as the PDRA on the PlasticVectors project funded by NERC, investigating the microbiomes  of plastics.

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I got into the field of biology to increase my chances of one day meeting Sir David Attenborough

Craig Dedman
PhD student

Craig is investigating the ecotoxicological impacts of nanomaterials upon marine microbes. Funded by NERC (CENTA student).

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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. 


Mira Latva
PhD student

Mira is looking into the interactions between marine microbes and microplastic particles. Funded by BBSRC (MIBTP student).

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Petri Dish
James Kerr
PhD student

James is studying nutrient cycling in marine phototroph-heterotroph systems. Funded by BBSRC (MIBTP student).