Carlos Sanz Lázaro


Researcher ("Juan de la Cierva" Program)
Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology
Telephone: 965903400 ext: 2232

Brief summary of work: My research focuses in the study of environmental stress factors and their ecological consequences, mainly in the coastal environment.

Key words: Marine ecology; coastal pollution; ecosystem functioning; diversity patterns; biogeochemistry; ecotoxicology; climate change; pollution; environment-aquaculture interactions; oil spills; metals; biofilm; benthic, intertidal and seagrass .

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Composition, operation and restoration of ecosystems.


-Climate change 

-Contamination by plastics 

-Aquaculture-environment interactions



Marine biology


Title: Prevention and mitigación of leakages of fishes in aquaculture in open sea (ESCA-FEP)
Main researcher: Pablo Sánchez Jerez
Entity financiadora: EUROPEAN OF FISHING and Ministry of Agriculture, Feeding and Environment FOUNDATION BIODIVERSIDAD.
Length: 01/06/2014 - 31/12/2014

Title: you Help Program Juan of the Cierva 2012. JCI-2012-12413
Main researcher: Carlos Sanz Lázaro
Entity financiadora: MINECO
Length: 01/01/2014 - 30/12/2016

Title: Transfers of knowledges to improve the sustainable development of the marine aquaculture in Ecuador by means of the investigation applied.
Main researcher: Carlos Sanz Lázaro
Entity financiadora: Vicerrectorado International Relations, University of Alicante
Length: 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2014

Title: Estimate of the capacity of load multiespecie in installations submerged in open sea.
Main researcher: Dr. Pablo Sánchez Jerez
Entity financiadora: Foundation Centre Technological Aquaculture of Andalucia. Nº of reference: CTAQUA1-12I.
Length: 30/06/2012 - 31/12/2014



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Articles in journals:

Guerrero-Meseguer, L., Sanz-Lázaro, C., & Marín, A. (2018). Understanding the sexual recruitment of one of the oldest and largest organisms on Earth, the seagrass Posidonia oceanica. PloS one13(11), e0207345.

Sanz-Lazaro, C., Fernandez-Gonzalez, V., Arechavala-Lopez, P., Izquierdo-Gomez, D., Martinez-Garcia, E., & Sanchez-Jerez, P. (2018). Depth matters for bivalve culture in integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) and other polyculture strategies under non-eutrophic conditions. Aquaculture International26(5), 1161-1170.

Guerrero-Meseguer, L., Marín, A., & Sanz-Lázaro, C. (2017). Future heat waves due to climate change threaten the survival of Posidonia oceanica seedlings. Environmental Pollution230, 40-45. 

Sanz-Lazaro, C., & Sanchez-Jerez, P. (2017). Mussels do not directly assimilate fish farm wastes: Shifting the rationale of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture to a broader scale. Journal of environmental management201, 82-88. 

Casado-Coy, N., Martínez-García, E., Sánchez-Jerez, P., & Sanz-Lázaro, C. (2016). Mollusc-shell debris can mitigate the deleterious effects of organic pollution on marine sediments. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Guerrero-Meseguer, L., Sanz-Lázaro, C., Suk-ueng, K., & Marín, A. (2016). Influence of substrate and burial on the development of Posidonia oceanica: implications for restoration. Restoration Ecology.

Sanz-Lázaro, C. (2016). Climate extremes can drive biological assemblages to early successional stages compared to several mild disturbances. Scientific Reports6.

Sanz-Lázaro, C., Fodelianakis, S., Guerrero-Meseguer, L., Marín, A., & Karakassis, I. (2015). Effects of organic pollution on biological communities of marine biofilm on hard substrata. Environmental Pollution201, 17-25.

Sanz-Lázaro, C., Valdemarsen, T., & Holmer, M. (2015). Effects of temperature and organic pollution on nutrient cycling in marine sediments. Biogeosciences12(15), 4565-4575.

Sanz-Lázaro, C., Rindi, L., Maggi, E., Dal Bello, M., & Benedetti-Cecchi, L. (2015). Effects of grazer diversity on marine microphytobenthic biofilm: a ‘tug of war’between complementarity and competition. Marine Ecology Progress Series540, 145-155.

Martinez-Garcia, E., Carlsson, M. S., Sanchez-Jerez, P., Sánchez-Lizaso, J. L., Sanz-Lazaro, C., & Holmer, M. (2015). Effect of sediment grain size and bioturbation on decomposition of organic matter from aquaculture. Biogeochemistry, 1-16.

Dal Bello,M, Maggi E, Rindi L, Capocchi A, Fontanini D, Sanz-Lazaro C, Benedetti-Cecchi L. (2015). Multifractal spatial distribution of epilithic microphytobenthos on a Mediterranean rocky shore, Oikos In press, DOI: 10.1111/oik.01503

Sanz-Lazaro, C., Malea, P., Apostolaki, E.T. , Kalantzi, I., Marin, A., Karakassis, I. (2012). The role of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica in the cycling of trace elements, Biogeosciences 9, pp. 2497-2507.

Sanz-Lazaro, C., Valdemarsen, T., Marin, A., Holmer, M. (2011). Effect of temperature on biogeochemistry of marine organic-enriched systems: implications in a global warming scenario, Ecological Applications 21, pp. 2664-2677.

Sanz-Lazaro, C., Navarrete-Mier, F., Marin, A. (2011). Biofilm responses to marine fish farm wastes, Environmental Pollution 159, pp. 825-832.

Sanz-Lazaro, C., Belando, M.D., Marin-Guirao, L., Navarrete-Mier, F., Marin, A. (2011). Relationship between sedimentation rates and benthic impact on Maerl beds derived from fish farming in the Mediterranean, Marine Environmental Research 71, pp. 22-30.

Sanz-Lazaro, C., Belando, M.D., Navarrete-Mier, F., Marin, A. (2011). Effects of wild fish and motile epibenthic invertebrates on the benthos below an open water fish farm, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 91, pp. 216-223.

Sanz-Lazaro, C. & Marin, A. (2009). A manipulative field experiment to evaluate an integrative methodology for assessing sediment pollution in estuarine ecosystems, Science of the Total Environment 407, pp. 3510-3517.