Barrios, L.M., Prowse, A., Vargas, V. (2019). Towards sustainable livelihoods for women in the Dique Channel, Colombia. In review


Benavides, M., Contreras, Y.F., Barrios, L.M, Fox, G, Hughes, T.D., Campos, N.H., Preziosi, R. (2019). Isolation and characterization of 17 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the sea urchin, Echinometra lucunter (Camarodonta: Echinometridae). In review


Barrios L.M., Reyes, J., Navas, G. 2019. Coral sea anemones (Anthozoa: Corallimorpharia) from Caribbean upwelling areas: morphology, microhabitat and associated fauna. In review

Barrios L.M, Chambers, S., Guzman, H., Mair, J.M. 2019. Taxonomy and ecology of vermetid molluscs from the Las Perlas Archipelago, Pacific Coast of Panama. In review


Silva-Tamayo J.C.,  M. Ducea, A. Cardona, C. Montes, D. Rincon, A. Machado, A Flores, A. Sial, A. Pardo, H. Niño, V. Ramirez, C. Jaramillo, P. Zapata, L. Barrios, S.Rosero, G. Bayona, V. Zapata. 2012. Precise U-Pb dating of Cenozoic tropical reef carbonates: Linking the evolution of Cenozoic Caribbean reef carbonates to climatic and environmental changes. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 14, EGU2012-6657, EGU General Assembly 2012.


Barrios L.M., Chambers S., Ismail N., Mair J.M. 2009. Distribution of Idanthyrsus cretus (Polychaeta: Sabellariidae) in the Tropical Eastern Pacific and application of PCR-RAPD for population analysis. Zoosymposia 2: 487-503.


López-Victoria M., Barrios L.M., Kraus H., Osorio L.A. 2004. New aspects on the symbiotic relationships between the bar-eye hermit Dardanus fucosus, the tricolor anemone Calliactis tricolor and the spotted porcelain crab Porcellana sayana. Bol. Invest. Mar. Cost. 33: 233-235.


Barrios-Suárez L.M., Reyes J.O., Navas G.R., García C. 2002. Distribution of anemones (Anthozoa: Actiniaria and Corallimorpharia) in the area of Santa Marta, Colombian Caribbean. Ciencias Marinas. 28 (1): 37-48.


Garzón-Ferreira J., Gil-Agudelo D.L., Barrios L.M., Zea S. 2001. Stony coral diseases observed in Southwestern Caribbean reefs. Hydrobiologia. 460:65-69.


Diaz, J.M., Parra F., Lopez-Victoria M., Barrios L.M., Zapata F. 2000b. An integrated survey of Colombian coral reefs. Proc. 9th International Coral Reef Symposium. Bali. Indonesia.


Reyes J., Barrios L.M. 1998. Estado actual del conocimiento de las anémonas (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) en el Caribe y Pacífico colombianos. Boletín Ecotrópica: Ecosistemas Tropicales. 33: 39-43.



Other publications

Silva-Tamayo J.C., Rincón-Martínez D., Barrios L.M., Torres Lasso J.C., Osorio-Arango C. (2018), Cenozoic and Modern Marine Carbonate Systems of Colombia. 40p, Annex. In: The Geology of Colombia. 

Díaz J.M., Barrios L.M., Gómez D.I. (Eds.). 2003. Las praderas de pastos marinos en Colombia: Estructura y distribución de un ecosistema estratégico. INVEMAR. Serie Publicaciones Especiales Nº10. INVEMAR, Santa Marta, Colombia. 120p. (Editor and co-author). Book.


Barrios L.M., Rodríguez-Ramirez A. 2003. Estado de las praderas de pastos marinos: 41-52. In : Ospina-Salazar, G.H. & A. Acero (Eds.). INVEMAR, Informe del estado de los ambientes marinos y costeros en Colombia: año 2001. Serie Publicaciones Periódicas N°8. Medellín, Cuartas Impresores. 178p.


Barrios L.M., López-Victoria M. (Ed and co-authors.). 2001. Gorgona Marina: Contribución al conocimiento de una isla única. Publicación especial Nº7, INVEMAR. Santa Marta, Colombia. 160p. (book, Editor and co-author).


Barrios, L. M. (Ed.). 2001. Ojo con Gorgona. 20p. Book for 6-10 years old children.


Barrios, L.M. (Ed). 2001. Gorgona marina. Institutional video for Colombian National Parks.


Díaz J. M., Barrios L.M., Cendales M.H., Garzón-Ferreira J., Geister J, López-Victoria M., Ospina G.H., Parra-Velandia F., Pinzón J., Vargas-Angel B., Zapata F., Zea S. 2000a. Áreas coralinas de Colombia. INVEMAR, Serie Publicaciones Especiales. N°5:176p.

Dr Lina Barrios Gardelis


I am a Marine Biologist, with MSc in Marine Ecology and Systematics, and PhD in Marine Ecology. Most of my work since 1997 has focussed on community ecology of tropical environments (coral reefs, seagrass meadows, rocky shores and interactions with mangroves and sandy beaches).


Between 1995 and 2003 I was part of 5 research Projects in Colombia funded by COLCIENCIAS (Ecologia pesquera-1996, Areas Coralinas Fase 1-1997, Areas Coralinas Fase 2-1998 to 2000, coordinator macrofauna in project Fanerogamas Caribe Colombiano-2001-2002, coordinator project Gorgona Fase 3-2001-2002). I have also been collaborator for projects in the Caribbean (INVEMAR Colombia-STRI Panama: use of Siderastrea siderea as proxy of connectivity for the wider Caribbean, coordinator in Colombia 2001-2002), and the Tropical Eastern Pacific-TEP (Heriot-Watt University-STRI-Darwin Initiative: Marine biodiversity assessment and development in Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama 2003-2007). During my PhD I worked on two basic topics: connectivity and proxy indictors of climate change in the TEP.


Since 2003, I have also been learning about marine environments in the UK and Mediterranean Sea, either as a researcher (i.e. Heriot-Watt University-DEFRA: Biotope mapping and site condition monitoring in Sullom Voe, Shetland, Special Area of Conservation) or lecturer (i.e. annual field work to Morecambe Bay and Knoydart as part of Lancaster University/B & F College BSc-Hons in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management). My training on temperate environments has opened my eyes to community ecology comparisons between temperate and tropical environments. My personal research is taking me now into fascinating questions regarding conservation biology, MPAs, connectivity, and gene expression under climate change-ocean acidification.


Current funded projects:

  • 2016-2018: The influence of marine barriers on genetic connectivity among Colombian Caribbean rocky shore sea urchins. Universidad Nacional (Colombia) - COLCIENCIAS (Colombia) - The University of Manchester (UK) - £26K. 1 PhD student (Milena Benavides).

  • 2015-2016: Characterization of coral communities at Colombian Caribbean Deep Coral National Park- an approximation to the conservation of its biodiversity. The University of Manchester (UK) - INVEMAR (Colombia)- National Hydrocarbon Association-ANH (Colombia)- National Parks (Colombia)- Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) - £430K: 1 PhD student (Diana Ballesteros 2015-2018).

  • 2015-2016: Towards mitigation and adaptation for climate change in the Southern Caribbean, the case of ocean acidification in tropical coral reef framework species in Colombia. The University of Manchester (UK) - Universidad de Cartagena (Colombia) - £27K. 1MSc student, 2 BSc-Hons students.

  • 2016-2018: Improving local management of tropical coastal resources in the face of climate Change for economic wellbeing of local and vulnerable communities. The University of Manchester (UK) - CEFAS (UK) - Sterling University (UK) - British Council Newton Funds (UK) - Universidad de Cartagena (Colombia) - CEINER (Colombia) - Fundacion Plantea Azul (Colombia) – Granja Lismar (Colombia) - £252K. 2 post-doc, 1PhD, 1postgrad.

  • 2016-2016: Assessment of LED technology as a viable replacement for traditional lighting in the husbandry of captive animals (including corals). BBSRC (UK) - The University of Manchester (UK) - £15K. 1PhD student.


Abstract ICRS 2016 presentation

Microsatellite design and standardization of microsatellite protocols for Deep Coral Lophelia pertusa.

Lina M. Barrios, Diana Ballesteros-Contreras, J Murray Roberts & Richard Preziosi


There are around 620 scleractinian deep coral species in the world, but only few are able to develop reef structures and sustain associated flora and fauna. One of the most common reef builders is the deep scleractinian Lophelia pertusa. This coral is often associated with others such as Enallopsammia profunda and Madrepora ocullata (NE Atlantic), or Solenosmilia variabilis (NW Atlantic). However, there is little information about populations of L. pertusa in the Southern Caribbean, their distribution, genetic diversity, population structure or genetic connectivity. Here we present the main results from the development of new molecular markers (microsatellites) for L. pertusa, following protocols previously developed at The University of Manchester. DNA extractions and purification (GenSolve DNA recovery kit/QIAGEN kit), sequencing (Ilumina), design of microsatellites (Galaxy Centaurus Server), and standardisation of PCR protocols to confirm effectiveness of new markers vs previously designed markers, were performed at The University of Manchester with samples of L. pertusa collected in Whatman Cards (Heriot-Watt University cruise D366/7-2011, depths: 135-167 m) from the Mingulay Reef Complex in Scotland (NE Atlantic). The new set of microsatellites and interinstitutional collaboration will allow us further ecological analysis to increase the knowledge of L. pertusa in the Southern Caribbean, and will help us to determine the vulnerability and resilience of this coral (and associated species) to natural and anthropogenic effects. We expect the final results will feed the development of monitoring and management plans for MPA in the Caribbean and Atlantic regions.


Key words: Lophelia pertusa, Microsatellites, Deep Corals, Caribbean and Atlantic, conservation and Management.


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