Professor, University of South Alabama
Senior Marine Scientist III, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Ph.D. 1996, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Emphasis: Coastal Ecosystem Science; Human Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems; Coastal Resiliency and Management; Aquatic-Terrestrial Comparative Ecology
Dr. Cebrian has studied coastal ecosystems for over 20 years. He did his doctorate work on coastal ecosystems of the Mediterranean coast, with an emphasis on seagrass beds. During his post-doc years in New England (USA), he expanded his work to other types of coastal systems, such as sediment flats and marshes, as well as shifting the focus to the impacts that humans have on the functioning of coastal systems. He has continued to work on these issues during his tenure at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Alabama, USA), in particular with research aimed at understanding coastal system resiliency and informing management policies. Throughout his career Dr. Cebrian has also studied how coastal ecosystems compare with terrestrial ones in a number of functional metrics, including trophic processes and energy flow. He has thus far authored ca. 100 publications on these topics.
Current Research Grants
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy - Living Shoreline: Using Natural and Artificial Breakwaters in Shoreline Restoration and Conservations
US Department of Fish and Wildlife- Ecological response of marsh ecosystems to intrusion of black mangroves (Avicenna germinans)
NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center, Northern Gulf Institute, National Science Foundation, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies - Long-term Ecosystems Dynamics in Coastal Lagoons of Perdido Bay, Florida
NOAAs NERRS Science Collaborative program and US Fish and Wildlife Service - Exploring the cost-effectiveness of restored marshes as filters of runoff pollution in a world of rising seas.
Cebrian, J. 2015. Individuals scale up carbon flow in ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 (8): 2303-2304.
Schrandt, M. N., J. Cebrian, E. S. Darrow, D. J. Dalrymple, C. Marco-Mendez, L. M. Ferrero, K. L. Heck and J. L. Sanchez Lizaso. 2015. Evidence of short-term burial response by benthic macrofauna associated with the Mediterranean seagrass Cymodocea nodosa. Ciencias Marinas 41(1): 33-47.
E. Sparks, J. Cebrian, C. R. Tobias, C. May. 2015. Groundwater nitrogen processing in Northern Gulf of Mexico restored marshes. Journal of Environmental Management 150, 206-215.
Sparks, E. L. and J. Cebrian. 2015. Effects of Fertilization on Grasshopper Grazing of Northern Gulf of Mexico Salt Marshes. Estuaries and Coasts: Volume 38, Issue 3 (2015), Page 988-999.
Candela Marco-Mendez, Luis Miguel Ferrero-Vicente, Patricia Prado, Kenneth L. Heck, Just Cebrian, Jose Luis Sanchez-Lizaso. 2015. Epiphyte presence and seagrass species identity influence rates of herbivory in Mediterranean seagrass meadows. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 154 94-101.
Hunter, A., J. Cebrian, J. P. Stutes, D. Patterson, B. Christiaen, C. Lafabrie and J. Goff. 2015. Magnitude and trophic fate of black needlerush (Juncus roemerianus) productivity: does nutrient addition matter? Wetlands DOI 10.1007/s13157-014-0611-5.
Prado, P., K. Heck, J. Cerbian. 2014. Moderate stoichiometric homeostasis in the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus: effect on diet and growth on C:N:P ratios. Marine Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00227-014-2552-1.
Christiaen, B., Bernard, R., B. Mortazavi, Ortmann, A.C., and J. Cebrian,. 2014. The degree of urbanization across the globe is not reflected in the δ15N of seagrass leaves. Marine Pollution Bulletin 83, 440-445.
Cebrian, J., D. Corcoran, and J. Lartigue. 2014. Eutrophication-driven shifts in primary producers in shallow coastal systems: implications for system functional change. Estuaries and Coasts 37 (Suppl 1): S180-S197.
Steele, L., K. M. Darnell, J. Cebrian and J. L. Sanchez-Lizaso. 2014. Spatial and temporal variability in Sarpa salpa herbivory on shallow reaches of Posidonia oceanica beds. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 37.1: 49–57.
Bracken, M. E. S, H. Hillebrand, E. T. Borer, E. W. Seabloom, J. Cebrian, E. E. Cleland, J. J. Elser, D. S. Gruner, W. S. Harpole, J. T. Ngai, and J. E. Smith. 2014. Signatures of nutrient limitation and co-limitation: responses of autotroph internal nutrient concentrations to nitrogen and phosphorus additions. (selected as Editor’s Choice) Oikos DOI: 10.1111/oik.01215.
Garrote-Moreno, A., A. McDonald, T. D. Sherman, J. L. Sanchez-Lizaso, K. L. Heck and J. Cebrian. 2014. Short-term impacts of salinity pulses on ionic ratios of the seagrasses Thalassia testudinum and Halodule wrightii. Aquatic Botany http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2014.09.011.
Sparks, E. L., J. Cebrian and S. M. Smith. 2014. Removal of fast flowing nitrogen from marshes restored in sandy soils. PLoS ONE 9(10): e111456. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111456.See More
Grigas, D., J. Cebrian, B. Ehmen, M. Woodrey, T. Strange, W. Underwood, J. Lehrter and Y. Chen. 2013. Stormwater runoff loadings to coastal bayous under a gradient of watershed urbanization, North Central Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: 350-366.
Lafabrie, C., K. Major, S. Major and J. Cebrian. 2013. Trace metal contamination of the aquatic plant Hydrilla verticillata and associated sediment in a coastal Alabama creek (Gulf of Mexico-USA). Marine Pollution Bulletin 68: 147-151.
Moody, R. M., J. Cebrian and K. Heck. 2013. Interannual recruitment dynamics for resident and transient marsh
species: evidence for a lack of impact by the Macondo oil spill
PLoS ONE 8(3): e58376. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058376.
Sparks, E. L., J. Cebrian, P. D. Biber, K. L. Sheehan and C. R. Tobias. 2013. Cost-effectiveness of two small-scale salt marsh restoration designs. Ecological Engineering 53: 250-256.
Prado, P., K. L. Heck, S. A. Watts and J. Cebrian. 2013. δ13C and δ18O signatures from sea urchin skeleton: importance of diet type in metabolic contributions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 476: 153-166.
Cebrian, J., J. P. Stutes, and B. Christiaen. 2013. Effects of grazing and fertilization on epiphyte growth dynamics under moderately eutrophic conditions: implications for grazing rate estimates. Marine Ecology Progress Series 474: 121-133.
Mata, J. L. and J. Cebrian. 2013. Mitosporic fungi on the seagrasses Halodule wrightii and Thalassia testudinum in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Botanica Marina 56(5-6): 541–545.
Borer, E. T., M. E. S. Bracken, E. W. Seabloom, J. E. Smith, J. Cebrian, E. E. Cleland, J. J. Elser, W. F. Fagan, D. S. Gruner, W. S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, A. J. Kerkoff, and J. T. Ngai. 2013. Global biogeography of autotroph chemistry: is insolation a driving force? Oikos 122: 1121-1130.
Moody, R. M., J. Cebrian, S. M. Kerner, K. L. Heck, S. P. Powers and C. Ferraro. 2013. Effects of shoreline erosion on salt-marsh floral zonation. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 488: 145-155.
Christiaen, B., A. McDonald, J. Cebrian and A. C. Ortmann. 2013. Response of the microbial community to environmental change
during seagrass transplantation.
Aquatic Botany 109:31-38.
Scheffel, W. A., K. L. Heck, J. Cebrian, M. Johnson and D. Byron. 2013. Range expansion of black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) to the Mississippi barrier islands. Gulf of Mexico Science XXXI: 79-82.
Prado, P., R.H. Carmichael, S. Watts, J. Cebrian, K. Heck. 2012. Diet-dependent Δ13C and Δ15N fractionation among sea urchin (Lytechinus variegatus) tissues: Implications for food web models. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 462: 175-190.
Cebrian, J., A. L. Stutes, S. Phipps, J. P. Stutes, B. Christiaen and J. R. Pennock. 2012. Effects of short-term sediment nutrient enrichment and grazer (Neritina reclivata) removal on sediment microalgae in a shallow eutrophic estuary (Weeks Bay, Alabama, USA). International Journal of Tropical Biology 60: 1687-1706.
Gacia, E., N. Marba, J. Cebrian, R. Vaquer-Sunyer, N. Garcias-Bonet and C. M. Duarte. 2012. Thresholds of irradiance for seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) meadow metabolism. Marine Ecology Progress Series 466: 69-79.
Marco-Mendez,C., Prado, P, Heck, KL Jr., Cebrian, J and JL Sanchez-Lizaso. 2012. Epiphytes mediate the trophic role of sea urchins in Thalassia testudinum seagrass beds Marine Ecology Progress Series. 460: 91-100.
Ferrero-Vicente, L. M., E. Martinez-Garcia, J. Cebrian, K. L. Heck, B. Christiaen and J. L. Sanchez-Lizaso. 2011. Comparison of macrobenthic assemblages in shallow coastal lagoons (NW Florida) with different level of anthropogenic impact. Gulf of Mexico Science 29 (1): 68-73.
Sheehan, K. L., J. O’Brien, K. Lafferty and J. Cebrian. 2011. Parasite Distribution, Prevalence, and Assemblages of the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio in Southwestern Alabama, U.S.A. Comparative Parasitology 78 (2): 245-256.
Alberti, J., J. Cebrian, A. Mendez-Casariego, A. Canepuccia, M. Escapa and O. Iribarne. 2011. Effects of nutrient enrichment and crab herbivory on a SW Atlantic salt marsh productivity. Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology 405: 99-104.
Lafabrie, C., K. Major, C. S. Major, M. Miller and J. Cebrian. 2011. Comparison of morphology and photo-physiology with metal/metalloid contamination in Vallisneria neotropicalis. Journal of Hazardous Materials 191: 356-365.
Anton, A., J. Cebrian, K. Heck, C. M. Duarte, K. L Sheehan, M. Miller and C. D. Foster. 2011. Decoupled effects (positive to negative) of nutrient enrichment on ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 21: 991-1009.
Lafabrie, C., K. Major, C. S. Major and J. Cebrian. 2011. Arsenic and mercury bioaccumulation in the aquatic plant Vallisneria americana. Chemosphere 82: 1393-1400.
Cebrian, J. 2011. Perdido Coastal Lagoons. In: NOAA/NCDDC Digital Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico (Russ Beard and Rost Parsons, editors).
Canepuccia, A. D., J. Alberti, J. Pascual, G. Alvarez, J. Cebrian and O. O. Iribarne. 2010. ENSO episodes modify plant-terrestrial herbivore interactions in a Southwestern Atlantic salt marsh. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 396: 42-47.
Plutchak, R. R., K. Major, J. Cebrian, C. D Foster, M. E. Miller, A. Anton, K. L Sheehan, K. L. Heck and S. P. Powers. 2010. Impacts of Oyster Reef Restoration on Primary Productivity and Nutrient Dynamics in Tidal Creeks of the North Central Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts 33: 1355-1364.
Lehrter, J. C. and J. Cebrian. 2010. Uncertainty propagation in an ecosystem nutrient budget. Ecological Applications 20: 508-524 (awarded with a EPA 2011 Level II STAA Award;