This research group belongs to the IIMyC-CONICET institute and the Marine Science Department, UNMdP. It was created in 2018 to give new insights into the dynamics of pollutants in a globally changing environment. We aim to study the interaction among natural stressors and those of anthropogenic origin, mainly on aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, we propose the development and use of cost-effective tools to assess adverse effects in biota and for remediation process including those interactions. In this sense, we focus on the knowledge of the fate and dynamics of historical and emerging pollutants in areas under natural stressor´s influence (i.e., salinity, temperature, UVR) at different spatio-temporal scales. Currently, our team is conformed by a multidisciplinary group from the ecotoxicology, physiology, and environmental chemistry areas, leading to a holistic view necessary for environmental sciences training. Additionally to the IIMyC, our research group have members from other research institutions (Dr. Cesar Pegoraro, CONICET, Departamento de Química y Bioquímica, FCEyN-UNMdP; Dra. Francesca Mitton, CONICET-INIDEP). Additionally, we also work in collaboration with colleagues from national universities, research institutes, and industries. In terms of international partnership, we note participation in international networks and collaborative works with researchers from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain, Portugal, and the Czech Republic, among others.

Our team focuses on assessing classic/emerging pollutants levels from transitional environments and the joint effects of natural stressors on pollutants availability/effects to key species. We developed the following topics:

1. Occurrence and availability of pollutants ( influence of physico-chemical variables on the adsorption/desorption, degradation/transformation processes, and bioaccumulation)
2. Biota responses to environmental changes (salinity, temperature, and nutrient availability/changes) and its interaction (tolerance, sensibility) with anthropogenic stressors (pollutants).
3. The influence of environmental variables and pollutants mixtures on watershed pollution management and remediation processes.

We are currently running several projects dealing with pollutants dynamics in sediments from the southwestern Atlantic coast of the Buenos Aires province (Pampa and Patagonia biome). Additionally, we are running the first laboratory and field studies about the interaction between natural and anthropogenic stressors on key representative species from Argentinean coastal/aquatic environments,

Current projects:

*PIP 2015-0498 CONICET. “Development and assessment of pollution indicators for aquatic environments under industrial and agricultural impact.

*PICT 2017-3064 ANPCyT.“ Use of cost-effective indicators in assessing the combined effects of future environmental scenarios and anthropogenic pollutants.

*EXA 986/20 UNMdP. “Spatio-temporal pollution assessment in the coastal environment from the southeast of Buenos Aires province: influence of environmental factors.”

*PICT 2018-0568 ANPCyT. “ Sources and fate of trace elements from global concern in the southeast of the Buenos Aires province.”

*RLA/7/025. IAEA. Conforming the microplastic node in the international project ” Strengthening Capacities in Marine and Coastal Environments Using Nuclear and Isotopic Techniques.Proyecto Regional del IAEA.RLA/7/025. Director: Dra. Betina Lomovasky.

Directora
Dra. Mariana Gonzalez
Researcher CONICET.

Teaching assistant

Co-Director
Dr. Mauricio Javier Díaz-Jaramillo
Researcher CONICET.
Researchers
Dra. Silvina Andrea Pinoni
Researcher CONICET
Díaz Jaramillo, M. J., Pinoni, S. A., Matos, B., Marcoval, M. A., & Diniz, M. S. (2020). Stress responses to warming in the mussel Brachidontes rodriguezii (d’Orbigny, 1842) from different environmental scenarios. Aquatic Toxicology, 228, 105647. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2020.105647
Lopez Mañanes, A. A., Asaro, A., Méndez, E., Michiels, M. S., & Pinoni, S. A. (2020). Digestive flexibility in Neohelice granulata from the Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon: Characterization and modulation of key enzymes in hepatopancreas. In E. M. Rodriguez & T. A. Luppi (Eds.), Neohelice granulata, a Model Species for Studies on Crustaceans, Volume II. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. https://ri.conicet.gov.ar/handle/11336/128920
Pinoni, S. A., Jerez-Cepa, I., López Mañanes, A. A., & Romero, J. M. M. (2018). The euryhaline crab Uca tangeri showed metabolic differences to sex and environmental salinity. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 98(6), 1465–1475. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315417000601
Pinoni, S. A., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2016). Digestive flexibility in the euryhaline crab Cyrtograpsus angulatus (Decapoda, Brachyura, Varunidae) from Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon (Buenos Aires, Argentina): responses to salinity of key enzymes in hepatopancreas. Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 11(4), 345–355. http://www.panamjas.org/pdf_artigos/PANAMJAS_11(4)_345-355.pdf
Pinoni, S. A., Méndez, E., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2015). Digestive flexibility in a euryhaline crab from a SW Atlantic coastal lagoon: alkaline phosphatase activity sensitive to salinity in the hepatopancreas. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 95(06), 1133–1140.
Pinoni, S. A., Michiels, M. S., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2013). Phenotypic flexibility in response to environmental salinity in the euryhaline crab Neohelice granulata from the mudflat and the saltmarsh of a SW coastal lagoon. Marine Biology, 160(10), 2647–2661.
Dra. Maria Soledad Islas
Researcher CONICET
Teaching assistant
Díaz Jaramillo, M. J., Islas, M. S., & González, M. (2021). Spatial distribution patterns and identification of microplastics on intertidal sediments from urban and semi-natural SW Atlantic estuaries. Environmental Pollution, 273, 116398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116398
Bonomi, F., & Islas, M. S. (2020). Ser estudiante en pandemia: Experiencias y problemáticas en la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de Mar del Plata. Boletín SIED, 2(2), 20–31. https://revista.sied.mdp.edu.ar/index.php/boletin/article/view/38
García, M. F. S., & Islas, M. S. (2020). Una pantalla me separa… el vínculo Docente-Estudiante en época de pandemia. Experiencia desde la enseñanza de la Química. Boletín SIED, 2(2), 8–19. https://revista.sied.mdp.edu.ar/index.php/boletin/article/view/44
Graduate Students
Biól. Florencia Anahi Rodriguez
Doctoral Fellow