Jesus M. Arrieta

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 3, Room 3271


  • The ecology of marine microbes as makers and breakers of dissolved organic carbon, which makes one the largest pools of organic carbon in the biosphere
  • Microbial hydrolases and degradation of polymeric organic matter
  • The effect of global change on microbial cycling of matter and the role of microbes in buffering global change impacts
  • The oceans as source of genetic resources of biotechnological interest.

Research Interests

Biological oceanography, Global Change, Microbial Ecology, Carbon cycling, Marine Genetic Resources​​

Selected Publications

  •   Dilution limits dissolved organic carbon utilization in the deep ocean. J. M. Arrieta, E. Mayol, R.L. Hansman, G.J. Herndl, T. Dittmar  and C.M. Duarte. Science, 348 (6232), 331–333, (2015)
  •   Resolving the abundance and air-sea fluxes of airborne microorganisms in the North Atlantic Ocean. E. Mayol, M.A. Jiménez, G.J. Herndl, C.M. Duarte and J.M. Arrieta. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5, 557, (2014)
  •   The Oligotrophic Ocean Is Heterotrophic. C. M. Duarte, A. Regaudie-de-Gioux, J. M. Arrieta, A. Delgado-Huertas and S. Agustí. Annual Review of Marine Science 5, 551–569, (2013) 
  •   Endophytic bacterial community of a Mediterranean marine angiosperm (Posidonia oceanica). N. Garcias-Bonet, J.M. Arrieta, C.N. de Santana, C.M. Duarte and N. Marbà. Frontiers in Microbiology 3, 342, (2012)
  •   Deep carbon export from a Southern Ocean iron-fertilized diatom bloom. V. Smetacek, C. Klaas, V.H. Strass, P. Assmy, M. Montresor, B. Cisewski, N. Savoye, A. Webb, F. d’ Ovidio, J.M. Arrieta, U. Bathmann, R. Bellerby, G.M. Berg, P. Croot, S. Gonzalez, J. Henjes, G.J. Herndl, L.J. Hoffmann, H. Leach, M. Losch, M.M. Mills, C. Neill, I. Peeken, R. Röttgers, O. Sachs, E. Sauter, M.M. Schmidt, J. Schwarz, A. Terbrüggen, D. Wolf-Gladrow. Nature, 487(7407), 313–319, (2012)
  •   Marine Biodiversity and Gene Patents. S. Arnaud-Haond, J.M. Arrieta and C.M. Duarte. Science, 331(6024), 1521 –1522, (2011) 
  •   What lies underneath: Conserving the oceans’ genetic resources. J.M. Arrieta, S. Arnaud-Haond and C.M. Duarte. PNAS, 107(43), 18318 –18324, (2010) 
  •   Enhanced viral production and infection of bacterioplankton during an iron-induced phytoplankton bloom in the Southern Ocean. M.G. Weinbauer, J.M. Arrieta, C. Griebler and G.J. Herndl. Limnology and Oceanography 54(3), 774–784, (2009)
  •   Microbial diversity in the deep sea and the underexplored “rare biosphere”. M.L. Sogin, M.G. Morrison, J.A. Huber, D.M. Welch, S.M. Huse, P.R. Neal, J.M. Arrieta and G.J. Herndl. PNAS, 103(32), 12115–12120, (2006)​
  •   Response of bacterioplankton to iron fertilization in the Southern Ocean. J.M. Arrieta, M.G. Weinbauer, C. Lute and G.J. Herndl. Limnology and Oceanography 49(3), 799–808, (2004) 


  • Ph.D., Natural Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2005​
  • M.Sc., Microbiology, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, 1995
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, 1993

    Professional Profile

    • 2015 - Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2008 - 2014: Ramón y Cajal Researcher, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Spain

    Scientific and Professional Membership

    • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
    • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

    KAUST Affiliations

    • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
    • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​

    Research Interests Keywords

    Marine Genetic Resources​​ Carbon cycling Biological oceanography Global Change Microbial ecology