The del Campo Lab studies the ecology and evolution of marine animals microbiomes and how they are affected by climate change.


The lab is led by Dr. Javier del Campo and is part of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Our research of interest include Microbiology, Ecology and Evolution, which we study using “omics”, imaging and bioinformatics. We are always keen to recruit new lab members if you are interested please contact us.

Principal Investigator

I am a Catalan microbial ecologist and Group Leader at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) in Barcelona. I completed my bachelor’s and my Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Institute of Marine Science - CSIC (Barcelona), followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Barcelona, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), and back to the Institute of Marine Science. In February 2019 I joined as Assistant Professor the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami and in February 2021 I joined the Institute for Evolutionary Biology. My research has focused on the study of the ecology and evolution of microbial eukaryotes but recently, I have expanded my scope to the prokaryotes in order to have an integrated view of the microbiome. I am currently investigating microbial community ecology in marine animal-associated environments using cutting-edge sequencing technologies and computational biology. I hope that my research can help to have a better understanding of the role that microorganisms play in the response of animals to climate change.


  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial Evolution
  • Microbiome
  • Microeukaryotes
  • Climate Change
  • eDNA


  • PhD in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2011

    Universitat de Barcelona and Institut de Ciències del Mar

  • DEA in Environmental Micorbiology and Biotechnology, 2005

    Universitat de Barcelona

  • BSc in Biology, 2003

    Universitat de Barcelona

Meet the lab

Graduate Students


Anthony Bonacolta

PhD Student

Marine Science, Microbial Ecology, Host-Symbiont Interactions, Phylogenetics, Single-cell Omics


Bradley Weiler

PhD Student

Coral Reef Ecology, Microbial Evolution, Holobiont Ecology, Marine Diseases, Scuba Diving


Elizabeth Whitson

MSc Student

Model Gastropods, Gastropoda Microbiome, Microbiome & Behavior, Microbial Evolution, Kleptosymbiosis


Sean Lowry

MPS Student

Evolutionary Genetics, Ecology, Population Genetics

Undergraduate Students


Adrianna Davis

Undergraduate Student

Chondrichthyes, Scuba Diving, Coral Reef Ecology, Bioinformatics, Phylogenetics


Danielle Tenberg

Undergraduate Student

Marine Mammal Behavior, Scuba Diving, Shark Research and Conservation, Coral Reef Ecology, Deep-Sea Microbial Life


Shea Halpenny

Undergraduate Student

Coral Reef Ecology, Marine Mammal Behavior, Ocean Preservation, Evolutionary Biology



A transcriptomic cell-atlas of reef coral bleaching

Using single-cell transcriptomics to understand the heat stress response of reef coral holobionts

Biomineralization in the Toadfish microbiome

The microbiome of the Gulf Toadfish (Opsanus beta) and its role in osmoregulation

Koch at the reef - Understanding coral disease

A systems biology approach to the study of reef corals infectious diseases

PR2 database. A reference 18S rRNA sequence database

18S rRNA sequence database for metabarcoding and phylogenetics

The microbiome-brain axis in the California sea hare

The microbiome of the neurobiology model organism Aplysia californica

Recent Publications

Mediocremonas mediterraneus, a New Member within the Developea

The Stramenopiles are a large and diverse group of eukaryotes that possess various lifestyles required to thrive in a broad array of …

Microeukaryotes in animal and plant microbiomes: Ecologies of disease?

Studies of animal and plant microbiomes are burgeoning, but the majority of these focus on bacteria and rarely include microeukaryotes …