Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2021-12-01 Unusual morphotypes of the giant barrel sponge off the coast of Barbados.Diversity.  13:663. 2021-12-01
2021-03-01 Molecular detection and microbiome differentiation of two cryptic lineages of giant barrel sponges from Conch Reef, Florida Keys.Coral Reefs.  40:853-865. 2021-03-01
2021-01-01 Cryptic lineages in a colonial ascidian (Distaplia): differences in genetics and microbial symbiont communities.Zoologica Scripta.  50:423-438.. 2021-01-01
2021-01-01 Diversity and abundance of native and non-native ascidians in Puerto Rican harbors and marinas.Marine Pollution Bulletin.  167:112262.. 2021-01-01
2021-01-01 Microbiome shifts across the native and invasive range of the ascidian Clavelina oblonga.Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  87:E02233-20.. 2021-01-01
2021-01-01 Symbiotic microbial communities and cryptic lineages in the Caribbean giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta.Coral Reefs.  40:853-865.. 2021-01-01
2020-01-01 Biogeography and host-specificity of cyanobacterial symbionts in colonial ascidians of the genus Lissoclinum.Systematics and Biodiversity.  18:496-509.. 2020-01-01
2019-01-01 Core and dynamic microbial communities of two invasive ascidians: Can host-symbiont dynamics plasticity affect invasion capacity?Microbial Ecology.  78:170-184.. 2019-01-01
2019-01-01 Genetic diversity, connectivity and gene flow along the distribution of the emblematic Atlanto-Mediterranean sponge Petrosia ficiformis (Haplosclerida, Demospongiae).BMC Evolutionary Biology.  19:24.. 2019-01-01
2018-12-01 Comparing Two Common DNA Extraction Kits for the Characterization of Symbiotic Microbial Communities from Ascidian TissueMicrobes and the Environment.  33:435-439. 2018-12-01
2018-07-01 A comparison of prokaryotic symbiont communities in nonnative and native ascidians from reef and harbor habitatsFEMS Microbiology Ecology.  94:fiy139. 2018-07-01
2018-06-01 Evidence for shifting genetic structure among Caribbean giant barrel sponges in the Florida KeysMarine Biology.  165:106. 2018-06-01
2018-04-01 A phylogenomic framework and timescale for comparative studies of tunicatesBMC Biology.  16:39. 2018-04-01
2018-01-01 A comparison of symbiotic microbial communities in nonnative and native ascidians from reef and harbor habitats.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  94:fiy139.. 2018-01-01
2018-01-01 A phylogenomic framework and timescale for comparative genomics and evolutionary developmental biology of tunicates.BMC Biology.  16:39.. 2018-01-01
2018-01-01 Comparing the efficiency of two common DNA extraction kits in the characterization of symbiotic microbial communities from ascidian tissue.Microbes and the Environment.  33:435-439.. 2018-01-01
2017-10-01 Anthropogenic factors influencing invasive ascidian establishment in natural environments.Marine Environmental Research.  131:236-242.. 2017-10-01
2017-09-01 Introduced ascidians harbor highly diverse and host-specific symbiotic microbial assemblages.Scientific Reports.  7:11033.. 2017-09-01
2017-08-01 Distribution and population dynamics of key ascidians in North Carolina harbors and marinas.Aquatic Invasions.  12:447-458. 2017-08-01
2017-06-01 Deep-sea ascidians from Papua New GuineaZootaxa.  4276:529-538. 2017-06-01
2017-06-01 Stable microbial communities in the sponge Crambe crambe from inside and outside a polluted Mediterranean harbor.FEMS Microbiology Letters.  364:fnx105. 2017-06-01
2017-05-01 Predicting the HMA-LMA Status in Marine Sponges by Machine LearningFrontiers in Microbiology.  8:752. 2017-05-01
2017-02-01 Latitudinal variation in the microbiome of the sponge Ircinia campana correlates with host haplotype but not anti-predatory chemical defense.Marine Ecology Progress Series.  565:53-66. 2017-02-01
2017-01-01 Predicting the HMA-LMA dichotomy in marine sponges by machine learning.Frontiers in Microbiology.  8:752.. 2017-01-01
2017-01-01 Rapid establishment of the non-indigenous ascidian Styela plicata and its associated bacteria in marinas and fishing harbors along the Mediterranean coast of Israel.Mediterranean Marine Science.  18:324-331. 2017-01-01
2017-01-01 The sponge microbiome project.GigaScience.  6:1-7.. 2017-01-01
2016-09-01 Population structure and connectivity in the Mediterranean sponge Ircinia fasciculata are affected by mass mortalities and hybridization.Heredity.  117:427-439.. 2016-09-01
2016-06-01 Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of the global sponge microbiome.Nature Communications.  7:11870. 2016-06-01
2016-06-01 Stochasticity in space, persistance in time: genetic heterogeneity in harbour populations of the introduced ascidian Styela plicata.PeerJ.  4:e2158. 2016-06-01
2016-03-01 Ascidian fauna (Tunicata, Ascidiacea) of subantarctic and temperate regions of Chile.Zootaxa.  4093:151-180. 2016-03-01
2016-01-01 Characterization of Endozoicomonas (Gammaproteobacteria) as specific, facultative symbionts of sea sequirts (Tunicata, Ascidiacea)Frontiers in Microbiology.  7:1042. 2016-01-01
2016-01-01 Endozoicomonas are specific, facultative symbionts of sea squirts.rontiers in Microbiology.  7:1042.. 2016-01-01
2016-01-01 Feeding cessation alters host morphology and bacterial communities in the ascidian Pseudodistoma crucigaster.Frontiers in Zoology.  13. 2016-01-01
2016-01-01 Stable populations in unstable habitats: temporal genetic structure of the introduced ascidian Styela plicata in North Carolina.Marine Biology.  163:59.. 2016-01-01
2016-01-01 Too cold for invasions? Contrasting patterns of native and exotic ascidians in subantarctic and temperate Chile.Management of Biological Invasions.  7:77-86.. 2016-01-01
2015-09-01 Temporal stability of bacterial symbionts in a temperate ascidian.Frontiers in Microbiology.  6:1022. 2015-09-01
2015-06-01 Diversity of fungi isolated from three temperate ascidians.Symbiosis.  66:99-106. 2015-06-01
2015-06-01 Harbor networks as introduction patchworks: contrasting distribution patterns of native and introduced ascidians.Biological Invasions.  17:1623-1638. 2015-06-01
2015-01-01 A proposal for the evolution of Cathepsin and Silicatein in sponges.Journal of Molecular Evolution.  80:278-291.. 2015-01-01
2015-01-01 Development of 10 microsatellite markers for the Atlanto-Mediterranean sponge Petrosia ficiformis.Conservation Genetic Resources.  7:895-897. 2015-01-01
2014-12-01 Symbiotic archaea in marine sponges show stability and host specificity in community structure and ammonia oxidation functionality.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  90:699-707. 2014-12-01
2014-10-01 Biogeography rather than association with cyanobacteria structures symbiotic microbial communities in the marine sponge Petrosia ficiformis.Frontiers in Microbiology.  5:1-11.. 2014-10-01
2014-08-01 Optimization of fourteen microsatellite loci in a Mediterranean demosponges subjected to population decimation, Ircinia fasciculata.Conservation Genetics Resources.  6:301-303. 2014-08-01
2014-01-01 Down under the tunic: bacterial biodiversity hotspots and widespread ammonia-oxidizing archaea in coral reef ascidians.The ISME Journal.  8:575-588.. 2014-01-01
2013-11-01 Host rules: spatial stability of bacterial communities associated with marine sponges (Ircinia spp.) in the Western Mediterranean Sea.FEMS Microbiology Ecology.  86:268-76. 2013-11-01
2013-11-01 Till death do us part: stable sponge-bacteria associations under thermal and food shortage stresses.PloS ONE.  8:e80307. 2013-11-01
2013-08-01 Biogeography and host fidelity of bacterial communities in Ircinia spp. from the Bahamas.Microbial Ecology.  66:437-47. 2013-08-01
2013-01-01 Growing or reproducing in a temperate sea: Optimization of resource allocation in a colonial ascidianInvertebrate Biology.  132:69-80. 2013-01-01
2013-01-01 Small core communities and high variability in bacteria associated with the introduced ascidian Styela plicataSymbiosis.  59:35-46. 2013-01-01
2013-01-01 Unexpected divergent patterns in the sexual reproduction of the Mediterranean coral Cladocora caespitosaMarine Ecology Progress Series.  86:165-171. 2013-01-01
2013-01-01 Year-round reproduction in a seasonal sea: Biological cycle of the introduced ascidian Styela plicata in the western MediterraneanMarine Biology.  160:221-230. 2013-01-01
2012-10-01 Stability of sponge-associated bacteria over large seasonal shifts in temperature and irradiance.Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  78:7358-68. 2012-10-01
2012-03-01 A specific mix of generalists: Microbial symbionts in Mediterranean Ircinia sppFEMS Microbiology Ecology.  79:619-637. 2012-03-01
2012-01-01 Characterization of novel microsatellite markers from the worldwide invasive ascidian Styela plicataConservation Genetics Resources.  4:559-561. 2012-01-01
2012-01-01 First records of didemnid ascidians harboring Prochloron from Caribbean Panama: Genetic relationships between Caribbean and Pacific photosymbionts and host ascidiansSystematics and Biodiversity.  10:435-445. 2012-01-01
2012-01-01 Phenotypic variability in the Caribbean orange icing sponge Mycale laevis (Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida)Hydrobiologia.  687:205-217. 2012-01-01
2012-01-01 Stress levels over time in the introduced ascidian Styela plicata: The effects of temperature and salinity variations on hsp70 gene expressionCell Stress and Chaperones.  17:435-444. 2012-01-01
2012-01-01 Tough adults, frail babies: an analysis of stress sensitivity across early life-history stages of widely introduced marine invertebrates.PloS one.  7:e46672. 2012-01-01
2012-01-01 Ultrastructure, molecular phylogenetics and chlorophyll a content of novel cyanobacterial symbionts in temperate sponge hostsMicrobial Ecology.  64:771-783. 2012-01-01
2011-01-01 Cyanobacterial diversity and a new Acaryochloris-like symbiont from Bahamian sea squirts.PLoS ONE.  6:e23938. 2011-01-01
2011-01-01 Epibiosis of oxygenic phototrophs containing chlorophylls a, b, c, and d on the colonial ascidian Cystodytes dellechiajeiMicrobial Ecology.  61:13-19. 2011-01-01
2011-01-01 Pump water or produce larvae? Oscula occulusion during the reproductive period of the sponge Svenzea zeaiZoological Studies.  50:395. 2011-01-01
2011-01-01 The whereabouts of an ancient wanderer: Global phylogeography of the solitary ascidian Styela plicataPLoS ONE.  6:e25495. 2011-01-01
2010-12-01 The pharmaceutical value of marine biodiversity for anti-cancer drug discoveryEcological Economics.  70:445-451. 2010-12-01
2010-10-01 Phenotypic plasticity in the sponge Callyspongia vaginalis: morphological and molecular dataScientia Marina.  74:445-453. 2010-10-01
2010-06-01 Structures and antimicrobial activities of pyridoacridine alkaloids isolated from different chromotypes of the ascidian Cystodytes dellechiajei.Journal of natural products.  73:1044-8. 2010-06-01
2010-05-01 Effects of sponge bleaching on ammonia oxidizing Archaea: Distribution and relative expression of ammonia monooxygenase genes associated with the barrel sponge Xestospongia muta.Microbial Ecology.  60:561-571. 2010-05-01
2009-01-01 Genetic structure of the Caribbean giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta using the I3-M11 partition of COICoral Reefs.  28:157-165. 2009-01-01
2008-01-01 Bleaching and stress in coral reef ecosystems: Hsp70 expression by the giant barrel sponge Xestospongia mutaMolecular Ecology.  17:1840-1850. 2008-01-01
2008-01-01 Patterns of sponge recruitment and growth on a shipwreck corraborate chemical defense resource trade-offMarine Ecology Progress Series.  368:137-143. 2008-01-01
2007-10-01 Lack of genetic variation in mtDNA sequences over the amphiatlantic distribution range of the ascidian Ecteinascidia turbinata.Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  45:405-408. 2007-10-01
2007-01-01 Secondary metabolite and inorganic contents in Cystodytes sp. (Ascidiacea): temporal patterns and association with reproduction and growthMarine Biology.  151:293-299. 2007-01-01
2006-11-01 Genetic structure of the star sea squirt, Botryllus schlosseri, introduced in southern European harbours.Molecular ecology.  15:3957-3967. 2006-11-01
2006-01-01 Chemical and physical defenses against predators in Cystodytes (Ascidiacea).Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.  332:27-36. 2006-01-01
2006-01-01 Population genetics, phylogeography and speciation of Cystodytes (Ascidiacea) in the western MediterraneanBiological Journal of the Linnaean Society.  88:203-214. 2006-01-01
2006-01-01 Temporal variation in the production of four secondary metabolites in a colonial ascidianJournal of Chemical Ecology.  32. 2006-01-01
2005-01-01 Cell types, microsymbionts and pyridoacridine distribution in the tunic of CystodytesInvertebrate Biology.  124:355-369. 2005-01-01
2005-01-01 Chemical variation of alkaloids in color morphs of Cystodytes (Ascidiacea)Biochemical Systematics and Ecology.  33:1107-1119. 2005-01-01
2005-01-01 Does sediment resuspension by storms affect the fate of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in benthic food chain? Interactions between changes in POM characteristics, adsorption and absorption by the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis.Continental Shelf Research.  25:2533-2553. 2005-01-01
2005-01-01 How do morphoytpes and chemotypes relate to genotypes? The colonial ascidian Cystodytes (Ascidiacea: Polycitoridae).Zoologica Scripta.  34:3-14. 2005-01-01
2005-01-01 Life cycles and growth rates of two morphotypes of Cystodytes (Ascidiacea) in the western MediterraneanMarine Ecology Progress Series.  296:219-228. 2005-01-01
2004-01-01 Ascidian molecular phylogeny inferred from mtDNA data with emphasis on the AplousobranchiataMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  33:309-320. 2004-01-01
2004-01-01 Molecular and organism biomarkers of copper pollution in the ascidian Pseudodistoma crucigasterMarine Pollution Bulletin.  48:759-767. 2004-01-01
2002-01-01 Contrasting biological traits of Clavelina lepadiformis (Ascidiacea) populations from inside and outside harbors in western Mediterranean.Marine Ecology Progress Series.  244:125-137. 2002-01-01
2002-01-01 Defence mechanisms of adults and larvae of marine invertebrates: patterns of toxicity and palatability in colonial ascidiansMarine Ecology Progress Series.  235:103-115. 2002-01-01


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2018-12-01 Erratum to: The sponge microbiome projectGigaScience. giy145. 2018-12-01


Research Overview

  • Multidisciplinary approaches to the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates as it relates to their susceptibility to anthropogenic impacts and climate change. Specific research lines include: 1. Invasive ecology of introduced ascidians: 1.A. Species identification and barcoding 1.B. Population connectivity and phylogeography 1.C. Life cycle characterization 2. Stability and significance of symbiotic microbial communities in sponges and ascidians 2.A. Biodiversity and specificity 2.B. Symbiont stability and host resilience 2.C. Secondary metabolite production and ecological significance
  • Teaching Overview

  • Molecular Ecology, Biological Invasions, Genetics, Invertebrate Biology, Zoology.
  • Full Name

  • Susanna Lopez Legentil