Federico Baltar

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Limnology & Bio-Oceanography
Division Bio-Oceanography



orcid code: 0000-0001-8907-1494

Research Interests

Our research in biological oceanography integrates marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry within the framework of physical oceanography. This research is based on microbes, trying to arrive to a mechanistic understanding of the regulation of marine carbon cycling to better constrain the potential consequences of climate change on the marine biogeochemical cycles and vice versa.

The three main focuses of research include:

  1. the role of microbes on marine biogeochemical cycles in surface and deep waters,
  2. the influence of mesoscale hydrological features on microbial functioning and diversity,
  3. the impact of anthropogenic perturbations on marine microbes and organic matter cycling.

Professional Experience

2017-now Assistant Professor, Dep. Limnology & Bio-Oceanography, University of Vienna, Austria
2017-2018 Rutherford Discovery Fellow (Royal Society of New Zealand), University of Otago, New Zealand
2016-2018 Tenured - Senior Lecturer in Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand
2013-2016 Lecturer (tenure-track) in Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand
2012-2013 Research Associate, Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial Model Systems, Linnaeus University, Sweden
2010-2012 Postdoctoral Researcher, Dep. of Natural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Sweden
2005-2010 Predoctoral Fellow, Dep. of Biological Oceanography, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain

Academic and Professional Honors

2016 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Award for Outstanding Young Scientist in Biogeosciences
2016 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (Royal Society of New Zealand)
2015 Early Career Teacher of the Year, University of Otago Awards
2011 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award 2010, ULPGC

Manuscript Reviewer

Among others for:

Microbial Ecology, The ISME Journal, PNAS, Advances in Oceanography, Biogeoscience, PlosOne, Aquatic Sciences, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Progress in Oceanography, Limnology & Oceanography, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Frontiers in Marine Science, Deep Sea Research, Marine Drugs , Continental Shelf Research, Ocean Science, Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers in Earth Science, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Microbiology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Marine Chemistry, Microbiome

Grant Reviewer

Among others for:

NSF Biological Oceanography (USA), The Leverhulme Trust (UK), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Chilean National Science and Technology Commission (CONICYT).