Neus Garcias Bonet

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral Fellow



My research focuses on the study and characterization of bacterial communities associated with seagrasses, with special interest in those bacterial groups playing key roles in plant physiology. Any insight in the bacteria-seagrass relationship will be very helpful for the preservation of these worldwide endangered ecosystems.

Research Interests

Seagrass ecology, Marine microbiology, Nitrogen fixation, Nitrogen cycle

Selected Publications

  •   Endophytic bacterial community of a Mediterranean marine angiosperm (Posidonia oceanica), N. Garcias-Bonet, J.M. Arrieta, C.N. de Santana, C.M. Duarte, N. Marbà, Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology 3, 342, (2012)
  •   Meristematic activity of Mediterranean seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) shoots, N. Garcias-Bonet, C.M. Duarte, N. Marbà, Aquatic Botany 101, 28-33, (2012)
  •   Distribution and pathogenicity of the protist Labyrinthula sp. in western Mediterranean seagrass meadows, N. Garcias-Bonet, T.D. Sherman, C.M. Duarte, N. Marbà, Estuaries and Coasts 34, 1161-1168, (2011)
  •   Effects of sediment sulfides on seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) meristematic activity, N. Garcias-Bonet, N. Marbà, M. Holmer, C.M. Duarte, Marine Ecology Progress Series 372, 1-6, (2008)
  •   Warming reduces pathogen pressure on a climate-vulnerable seagrass species, Y.S. Olsen, M. Potouroglou, N. Garcias-Bonet, C.M. Duarte, Estuaries and Coasts 38, 2, 659-667, (2015)
  •   Thresholds of Irradiance for seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) meadow metabolism: An experimental approach, E. Gacia, N. Marbà, J. Cebrián, R. Vaquer-Sunyer, N. Garcias-Bonet, C.M. Duarte, Marine Ecology Progress Series 466, 69-79, (2012)
  •   Taxonomic studies of Marinomonas strains isolated from the seagrass Posidonia oceanica, with description of Marinomonas balearica sp. nov. and Marinomonas pollencensis sp. nov, E. Espinosa, E. Marco-Noales, D. Gómez, P. Lucas-Elío, M. Ordax, N. Garcias-Bonet, C.M. Duarte, A. Sanchez.Amat, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 60, 93-98, (2010)
  •   Sedimentary iron inputs stimulate seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) populations in carbonate sediments, N. Marbà, C.M. Duarte, M. Holmer, M. Ll. Calleja, E. Álvarez, E. Díaz-Almela, N. Garcias-Bonet, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 76, 710-713, (2008)


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Spain, 2012
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Spain, 2003

Professional Profile

  • Present: Postdoctoral fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013 - 2014: Laboratory technician, IMEDEA, CSIC-UIB, Spain
  • 2008 - 2011: Laboratory technician, IMEDEA, CSIC-UIB, Spain
  • 2008 - 2010: Academic Coordinator of Master in Global Change (CSIC-UIMP)​

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Seagrass Ecology Nitrogen fixation Nitrogen Cycle Marine Biology Bacteria