Antonio Tovar

Antonio Tovar Sánchez, PhD
Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (CSIC)
Campus Río San Pedro - 11510 Puerto Real (Cádiz), Spain
Phone. 34-956832612 (ext.283)
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Antonio Tovar-Sánchez received his B.Sc. in Marine Sciences in 1995 and he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the University of Cádiz in 2000. He has a permanent position as Research Scientist at the CSIC since June 2006. Previously he was a post-doctoral research associate at the Marine Sciences Research Center at the Stony Brook University, New York (USA) from August 2001 to June 2004. In 2006 he received the EUR-OCEANS Young Scientist Award in recognition of the excellence of your research in the field of biogeochemistry and the development of new methods to elucidate the interplay between metals and biology in the ocean and coast. His primary research activities included biogeochemical cycles of metals and nutrients in the ocean and their interactions among atmosphere, waters, biota and sediments, as well as the optimization and development of analytical methods and techniques in environmental chemistry.



Rodellas V., Garcia-Orellana J., Tovar-Sánchez A., Basterretxea G., López-Garcia J.M., Sánchez-Quiles D., Garcia-Solsona E., Masqué P. Submarine groundwater discharge as a source of nutrients and trace metals in a Mediterranean Bay (Palma Beach, Balearic Islands). Marine Chemistry, 2014, 160: 56–66.

Benedé J.L., Chisvert A., Salvador A., Sánchez-Quiles D., Tovar-Sánchez A. Determination of UV filters in both soluble and particulated fractions of seawaters by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta, 2014, 812: 50-58.

Pérez-Mayol S., Blasco J., Tornero V., Morales-Nin B., Massanet A.,Tovar-Sánchez A. Are the shells of the clam Scrobicularia plana useful for monitoring trace metal pollution events? Journal of Environmental Biology, 2014, 35(1): 9-17.

Echeveste P., Tovar-Sánchez A., Agustí S. Tolerance of polar phytoplankton communities to metals. Environmental Pollution, 2014, 185: 188-195.

Sánchez-Quiles D., Tovar-Sánchez A., Horstkotte B. 2013. Titanium determination by MSFIA-LWCC in solid and liquid environmental samples. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013, 76(1-2): 89–94.

Bonnet, S., Tovar-Sánchez, A., Panzeca, C., Duarte, C.M., Ortega-Retuerta, E., Sañudo-Wilhelmy, S.A. Geographical gradients of dissolved Vitamin B12 in the Mediterranean Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2013, 4: Article 126 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00126

Tovar-Sánchez A., Sánchez-Quiles D., Basterretxea G., Benedé J.L., Chisvert A., Salvador A., Moreno I., Blasco J. Sunscreen products as emerging pollutants to coastal waters. PlosOne, 2013, 8(6): e65451, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065451

Agawin N.S.R., Tovar-Sánchez A., Knoth de Zarruk K., Duarte C.M., Agustí S. Variability in the abundance of Trichodesmium and nitrogen fixation activities in the subtropical NE Atlantic. Journal of Plankton Research, 2013, 35(5): 1126-1140, doi:10.1093/plankt/fbt059.

Geffen A.J., Morales-Nin B., Pérez-Mayol S., Cantarero A., Skadal J., Tovar- Sánchez A. Chemical analysis of otoliths: Cross validation between techniques and laboratories. Fisheries Research, 2013, 143: 67–80.

Jordi A., Basterretxea G., Tovar-Sánchez A., Alastuey A., Querol X. Copper aerosols inhibit phytoplankton growth in the Western Mediterranean Sea. PNAS, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1207567110, December 10.

Laglera L.M. and Tovar-Sánchez A. Direct recognition and quantification by voltammetry of thiol/thioamide mixes in seawater. Talanta, 2012, 89: 496-504, DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2011.12.075.

Aparicio-González A., Duarte C.M., Tovar-Sánchez A. 2012. Trace Metals in the Deep Ocean: A Review. Journal of Marine System 100-101, 26-33, 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2012.03.008.

Lehette P., Tovar-Sánchez A., Duarte C.M., Hernández-León S. Krill excretion and its effect on primary production. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2012, 459: 29-38, doi: 10.3354/meps09746.

Echeveste P., Tovar-Sánchez A., Susana Agustí. Toxic thresholds of cadmium and lead to oceanic phytoplankton: cell size and ocean basins dependent effects. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2012, 31(8): 1887–1894, doi: 10.1002/etc.1893.

Chen Y., Tovar-Sánchez A., Siefert R.L., Sañudo Wilhelmy S.A., Zhuang G. Luxury uptake of aerosol iron by Trichodesmium in the western tropical North Atlantic. Geophysical Research Letters, 2011, 38: L18602, doi:10.1029/2011GL048972.

Garcés E., Basterretxea G., Tovar-Sánchez A. Changes in the coastal microbial communities in response to nutrient-rich groundwater input. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2011, 438: 47-58, doi: 10.3354/meps09311.

Suárez-Suárez A., Tovar-Sánchez A., Rosselló-Mora R. Determination of Cobalamins in Seawater Using Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography with Diode-Array Detection. Analytica Chimica Acta, 2011, 701: 81-85.

Agawin N.S.R., Tovar-Sanchez A., Stal L.J., Alvarez M., Agustí S., Duarte C.M. 2011. Low water column nitrogen fixation in the Mediterranean Sea (Basin-wide experimental evidence).Aquatic Microbial Ecology 2011, 64 (2): 135-147.

Suárez-Suárez A., López-López A., Tovar-Sánchez A., Yarza P., Orfila A., Terrados J., Arnds J., Marqués S., Niemann H., Scmitt-Kopplin P., Amann R., Rosselló-Móra R. Response of sulphate-reducing bacteria to an artificial oil-spill in a coastal marine sediment. Environmental Microbiology. 2011, doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2011.02451.x.

Tovar-Sanchez A., Sañudo-Wilhelmy S.A. Influence of the Amazon River on dissolved and intra-cellular metal concentrations in Trichodesmium colonies along the western boundary of the sub-tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Biogeosciences, 2011, 8: 217–225, doi:10.5194/bg-8-217-2011.

Ruiz-Halpern S., Duarte C.M., Tovar-Sanchez A., Pastor M, Horstkotte B., Lasternas S., Agustí S. Antarctic krill as a source of dissolved organic carbon to the Antarctic ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography, 2011, 56 (2): 521-528.

Basterretxea G., Tovar-Sánchez A., Beck A.J., Masqué P., Bokuniewicz H.J, Coffey R., Duarte C.M., Garcia-Orellana J., Garcia-Solsona E., Martinez-Ribes L., Vaquer-Sunyer R. Submarine groundwater discharge to the coastal environment of a Mediterranean island (Majorca, Spain): ecosystem and biogeochemical significance. Ecosystem, 2010, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-010-9334-5.

Tovar-Sanchez A., Sañudo-Wilhelmy S.A., Kustka A.B., Agustí S., Dachs J., Hutchins D.A., Capone D.G, Duarte C.M. Rejoinder to: Influence of river discharge in the tropical and subtropical North Atlantic Ocean - comment. Limnology and Oceanography, 2009, 54: 648-652.

Tovar-Sanchez A., Duarte C.M., Hernández-León S., Sañudo-Wilhemy S. Impact of submarine hydrothermal vents on the metal composition of krill and its excretion products. Marine Chemistry, 2009, 113: 129-136.

Ortega-Retuerta, E., Frazer T.K., Duarte C. M., Ruíz S., Tovar-Sánchez A., Arrieta J.M., Reche I. Biogeneration of chromophoric dissolved organic matter by bacteria and krill in the Southern Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, 2009, 54(6): 1941-1950.

Panzeca C., Beck A.J., Tovar-Sanchez A., Segovio-Zavala J.A., Taylor G., Gobler C.J., Sañudo-Wilhelmy S.A. Distributions of dissolved vitamin B12 and Co in coastal and open-ocean environments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 2009, 58(2): 223-230.

Lacorte S., Quintana J., Tauler R., Ventura F., Tovar-Sanchez A., Duarte C.M. Ultra-trace determination of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Arctic ice using stir bar sorptive extraction and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 2009, 1216(49): 8581-8589.