Research Interests

​Professor Morán’s research in biological oceanography is focused on planktonic microbes and their role in biogeochemical cycling. His interests include phytoplankton-bacterioplankton trophic relationships, variability of photosynthesis and primary production, long-term dynamics of picoplankton and metabolic ecology of marine microorganisms. These efforts are ultimately aimed at understanding the structure and function of marine pelagic food webs, both under current conditions and in the future scenarios posed by global change.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Biology, University of Oviedo/Uviéu, Spain, 1999
  • B.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Oviedo/Uviéu, Spain, 1992

Professional Profile

  • 2014-current: Associate Professor of Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008: Sabbatical, Ecosystems Center, MBL, Woods Hole, USA,
  • 2001-2014: Senior Scientist, Oceanographic Center of Gijón/Xixón, IEO, Gijón/Xixón, Spain
  • 2000:Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​​Association for the Advancement of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)