Departamental II – DII. 242B
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 8508
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: brezo.martinez at

Short CV

1996 – Degree in Biological Sciences (Universidad de Oviedo)

2004 – PhD in Biological Sciences (Universidad de Oviedo)

Current position

Assistant professor

Research interests
  • Biogeography of macroalgae: habitat models, ecophysiological responses to stress at the range limits, demography of marginal populations.
  • Ecophysiology of nutrients in macroalgae. Ecophysiology applied to the farming of macroalgae.
  • Ecology of the rocky intertidal zone.

Bennett, J. M.; Calosi, P.; Clusella-Trullas, S.; Martínez, B.; Sunday, J.; Algar, A. C.; Araújo, M. B.; Hawkins, B. A.; Keith, S.; Kühn, I.; Rahbek, C.; Rodríguez, L.; Singer, A.; Villalobos, F.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A.; Morales-Castilla, I. (2018). GlobTherm, a global database on thermal tolerances for aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Scientific Data 5: 180022.

Franco, J. N.; Tuya, F.; Bertocci, I.; Rodríguez, L.; Martínez, B.; Sousa-Pinto, I.; Arenas, F. (2018). The ‘golden kelp’ Laminaria ochroleuca under global change: Integrating multiple eco‐physiological responses with species distribution models. Journal of Ecology 106: 47-58.

Peteiro, C.; Sánchez, N.; Martínez, B. (2016). Mariculture of the Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida and the native kelp Saccharina latissima along the Atlantic coast of Southern Europe: an overview.Algal Research 15: 9-23. PDF

Martínez, B.; Arenas, F.;  Trilla, A.; Viejo, R. M.; Carreño, F. (2015). Combining physiological threshold knowledge to species distribution models is key to improving forecasts of the future niche for macroalgae. Global Change Biology 21: 1422-1433.

Korbee, N.; Navarro, N. P.; García-Sánchez, M.; Celis-Plá, P.; Quintano, E.; Copertino, M. S.; Pedersen, A.; Mariath, R.; Mangaiyarkarasi, N.; Pérez-Ruzafa, Á.; Figueroa, F. L.; Martínez, B. (2014). A novel in situ system to evaluate the effect of high CO2 on photosynthesis and biochemistry composition of seaweeds.  Aquatic Biology 22: 245-259.

Celis-Plá, P.; Martínez, B.; Quintano, E.; García-Sánchez, M.; Pedersen, A.; Navarro, N. P.; Copertino, M. S.; Mangaiyarkarasi, N.; Mariath, R.; Figueroa, F. L.; Korbee, N. (2014). Short-term ecophysiological and biochemical responses to solar irradiance and nutrients of Cystoseira tamariscifolia and Ellisolandia elongata. Aquatic Biology 22: 227-243.

Ferreira, J. G.; Francisco, F.; Martínez, B.; Hawkins, S. J.; Jenkins, S. R. (2014). Physiological response of fucoid algae to environmental stress: comparing range centre and southern populations. New Phytologist202: 1157-1172.

Peteiro, C.; Sánchez, N.; Dueñas-Liaño, C.; Martínez, B. (2014). Open-sea cultivation by transplanting young fronds of the kelp Saccharina latissima. Journal of Applied Phycology 25: 519-528.

Vaz-Pinto, F.; Martínez, B.; Olabarria, C.; Arenas, F. (2014). Neighbourhood competition in coexisting species: The native Cystoseira humilis vs the invasive Sargassum muticum. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 454: 32-41. PDF

Duarte, L.; Viejo, R. M.; Martínez, B.; deCastro, M.; Gómez-Gesteira, M.; Gallardo, T. (2013). Range shifts of two macroalgae in North Spain and the link with trends in sea surface temperature. Acta Oecologica51: 1-10.

Martínez, B.; Arenas, F.; Rubal, M.; Burgués, S.; Esteban, R.; García-Plazaola, I.; Figueroa, F. L.; Pereira, R.; Saldaña; L.; Sousa-Pinto, I.; Trilla, A.; Viejo, R. M. (2012). Physical factors driving intertidal macroalgae distribution: physiological stress of a dominant fucoid at its southern limit. Oecologia 170: 341-353. PDF

Martínez, B.; Viejo, R. M.; Carreño, F.; Aranda, S. C. (2012). Habitat distribution models for intertidal seaweeds: responses to climatic and non-climatic drivers. Journal of Biogeography 39:1877-1890. PDF

Martínez, B.; Pato, L. S.; Rico, J. M. (2012). Nutrient uptake and growth responses of three intertidal macroalgae with perennial, opportunistic and summer-annual strategies. Aquatic Botany 96: 14-22.

Pato, L. S.; Martínez, B.; Rico. J. M. (2011). Environmental control of the annual erect phase of Nemalion helminthoides (Rhodophyta) in the field. Scientia Marina 75: 263-271.

Viejo, R. M.; Martínez, B.; Arrontes, J.; Astudillo, C.; Hernández, L. (2011). Reproductive patterns in central and marginal populations of a large brown seaweed: drastic changes at the southern range limit. Ecography 34: 75-84.

Figueroa, F. L.; Israel, A.; Neori, A.; Martínez, B.;   Malta, E. J.; Put,  A., Inken, S.; Marquardt, R.; Abdala, R.; Korbee, N. (2010). Effect of nutrient supply on photosynthesis and pigmentation to short-term stress (UV radiation) in Gracilaria conferta (Rhodophyta). Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 1768-78. PDF

Figueroa, F. L.; Israel, A.; Neori, A.; Martínez, B.; Malta, E.-J.; Ang, P.; Inken, S.; Marquardt, R.; Korbee, N. (2009). Effects of nutrient supply on photosynthesis and pigmentation in Ulva lactuca (Chlorophyta) responses to short-term stress. Aquatic Biology 7: 173-183. PDF

Figueroa, F. L.; Martínez, B.; Israel, A.; Neori, A.; Malta, E.-J.; Ang, P.; Inken, S.; Marquardt, R.; Rachamim, T.; Azari, U.; Frenk, S.; Korbee, N. (2009). Acclimation of Red Sea macroalgae to solar radiation: photosynthesis and thallus absorptance. Aquatic Biology 7: 159-172. PDF

Esteban, R.; Martínez, B.; Fernández-Marín, B.; Becerril, J. M.; García-Plazaola, J. I. (2009). Carotenoid composition in Rhodophyta: insights into xanthophyll regulation in Corallina elongata. European Journal of Phycology 44: 221-230.

Martínez, B.; Rico, J. M. (2008). Changes in nutrient content of Palmaria palmata in response to variable light and upwelling in northern Spain. Journal of Phycology 44: 50-59. PDF

Martínez, B.; Viejo, R. M.; Rico, J. M.; Rødde, R. H.; Faes, V. A.; Oliveros, J.; Álvarez, D. (2006). Open sea cultivation of Palmaria palmata (Rhodophyta) on the northern Spanish coast. Aquaculture 254: 376-387. PDF

Martínez, B.; Rico, J. M. (2004). Inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus uptake kinetics in Palmaria palmata (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 40: 642-650. PDF

Arrontes, J.; Arenas, F.; Fernández, C.; Rico, J. M.; Oliveros, J.; Martínez, B.; Viejo, R. M.; Álvarez, D. (2004). Effect of grazing by limpets on mid-shore species assemblajes in northern Spain. Marine Ecology Progress Series  277: 117-133. PDF

O’Riordan, R. M.; Arenas, F.; Arrontes, J.; Castro, J. J.; Cruz, T.; Delany, J.; Martínez, B.; Fernández, C.; Hawkins, S. J.; McGrath, D.; Myers, A. A.; Oliveros, J.; Pannacciulli, F. G.; Power, A. M.; Relini, G.; Rico, J. M.; Silva, T. (2004). Spatial variation in the recruitment of the intertidal barnacles Chthamalus montagui Southward and Chthamalus stellatus (Poli) (Crustacea: Cirripedia) over and European scale. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 304: 243-264. PDF

Martínez, B.; Rico, J. M. (2002). Seasonal variation of P content and major N pools in Palmaria palmata (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 38: 1082-1089. PDF

Jenkins, S. R.; Arenas, F.; Arrontes, J.; Bussell, J.; Castro, J.; Coleman, R. A.; Hawkins, S. J.; Kay, S.; Martínez, B.; Oliveros, J.; Roberts, M. F.; Sousa, S.; Thompson, R. C.; Hartnoll, R. G. (2001). European-scale analysis of seasonal variability in limpet grazing activity and macroalgal abundance. Marine Ecology Progress Series 211: 193-203. PDF