Begoña Ayo was born in Portugalete, Spain, in 1965. She received a Sciences degree and the Ph.D. degree from the University of the Basque Country, in 1987 and 1995, respectively. Since 1985, she has worked at the Department of Immunology, Microbiology, and Parasitology of the University of the Basque Country, first as a Ph.D. Student and afterwards as an Associate Professor. Since 2007, she serves as a Titular Professor at this department, where she teaches several courses in microbiology. She does research in the field of aquatic microbial ecology. She has focused on the structure and activity of the prokaryotic communities in aquatic systems, addressing the interactions between the bacterial communities and the dissolved and particulate organic matter, and the bacterioplankton growth efficiency. She is very interested in the relationships among different trophic levels in the microbial food web, specifically between protozoa and bacteria, and in particular, in the determination of the role of chemical cues generated by the bacterial prey under strong grazing pressure. Her ongoing research studies the specific composition and diversity of the bacterioplanktonic community in coastal waters of the Eastern Cantabrian Sea and the relevance of protistan grazing, compared to other environmental factors, as a significant driver of controlling core members of the community. She also participates in the Circumnavigation Expedition Malaspina 2010, which aims to evaluate the impact of the global change in the ocean and to explore the biodiversity of the dark ocean.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011