Gemma Giménez Papiol

Roles: Aquaculture and Fishery Resources Research Coordinator.

Gemma Giménez Papiol is a marine scientist with more than 10 years of experience in research on aquaculture production and food safety. She has experience in the study of the nutritional requirements in essential fatty acids of finfish larvae, broodstock management, egg quality, zootechnical parameters during larval stages, microalgae production, live prey production and disinfection, and microbial environment. She has also experience on marine toxins and microalgae, shellfish production and food safety/risk management, ISO quality standards (ISO 17025) for chemical analysis of marine toxins, curation of microalgae strains (isolation, culturing and management), and ecotoxicology.
She is currently working as a Coordinator of the Production and Microalgae Group at the IMC Foundation.


2008 Ph.D., Marine Sciences – Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) with the thesis “Optimización de la cría larvaria del dentón en condiciones intensivas de cultivo” (Optimisation of common dentex larval rearing in intensive culturing conditions).

2003 M.Sc., Marine Sciences – Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)

2001 B.Sc., Marine Sciences – Universidade de Vigo (Spain).


From 2017 Researcher and Coordinator of the Production and Microalgae Group at Foundation IMC International Marine Centre, Torregrande, Oristano (Italy).

2014 – 2017 Postdoctoral researcher at Tecnatox, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain).

2012 – 2014 Postdoctoral researcher (visiting scientist, Beatriu de Pinos – Marie Curie COFUND fellow) at Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand.

2007 – 2011 Postdoctoral researcher at Marine Monitoring Unit, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Sant Carles de la Ràpita (Spain).

Fields of Interest

• Marine aquaculture
• Microalgae-based research
• Marine toxins and food safety
• Ecotoxicology

Selected publications

Giménez Papiol, G. “Climate conditions, and changes, affect microalgae communities… should we worry?”. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (2018) 14 (2): 181 – 184. DOI: 10.1002/ieam.2009

Sierra, J.; Roig, N.; Giménez Papiol, G.; Pérez-Gallego, E.; Schuhmacher, M. “Prediction of the bioavailability of Potentially Toxic Elements in freshwaters. Comparison between speciation models and passive samplers”. Science of the Total Environment (2017) 605 – 606: 211 – 218. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.136

Expósito, N.; Kumar, V.; Sierra, J.; Schuhmacher, M.; Giménez Papiol, G. “Performance of Raphidocelis subcapitata exposed to heavy metal mixtures”. Science of the Total Environment (2017) 601 – 602: 865 – 873. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.177. 2017

Giménez Papiol, G.; Roque, A.; Estévez, A. “Variations in bacterial community of rearing water and gut of common dentex (Dentex dentex Linnaeus 1758) larvae using three microalgae management approaches”. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (accepted) DOI: 10.1111/jwas.12437. 2017

Estévez, A.; Giménez, G. “Optimisation of emulsion properties and enrichment conditions used in live prey enrichment” Aquaculture Nutrition (2017) 23 (6) 1264 – 1273. DOI: 10.1111/anu.12501. 2017

Giménez Papiol, G.; Beuzenberg, V.; Selwood, A.; MacKenzie, L.; Packer, M. “The use of a mucus trap by Dinophysis acuta for the capture of Mesodinium rubrum prey under culture conditions” Harmful Algae (2016) 58: 1 – 7. DOI: 10.1016/j.hal.2016.07.001

Giménez Papiol, G. “A natural and concurrent interferent in Bolinus brandaris with consequences on amnesic shellfish poisoning risk management” Journal of the AOAC International (2015) 98 (1): 82 – 84.

Kacem, I.; Giménez, G.; de la Iglesia, P.; Diogène, J.; Hajjem, B.; Bouaïcha, N. “Comparative toxicity and paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin profiles in the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis and the oyster Crassostrea gigas collected from a Mediterranean lagoon in Tunisia: a food safety concern” International Journal of Food Properties (2015) 18 (5): 1075 – 1085.

Kohli, G. S.; Giménez Papiol, G.; Rhodes, L. L.; Harwood, D. T.; Selwood, A.; Jerrett, A.; Murray, S. A.; Neilan, B. A. “A feeding study to probe the uptake of maitotoxin by snapper (Pagrus auratus)”. Harmful Algae (2014) 37: 125 – 132. DOI 10.1016/j.hal.2014.05.018.

Rhodes, L.; Smith, K.; Giménez Papiol, G.; Adamson, J.; Harwood, T.; Munday, R. “Epiphytic dinoflagellates in sub-tropical New Zealand, in particular the genus Coolia Meunier”. Harmful Algae (2014) 34C: 36 – 41. DOI 10.1016/j.hal.2014.02.004.

Rhodes, L.; Giménez Papiol, G.; Smith, K.; Harwood, T. “Gambierdiscus cf. yasumotoi isolated from New Zealand’s sub-tropical northern coastal waters”. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research (2014) 48 (2): 303 – 310. DOI 10.1080/00288330.2013.870220.

Giménez, G.; Casanova, A.; De la Iglesia, P.; Fernández, M.; Diogène, J. “Management of domoic acid monitoring in shellfish from the Catalan coast”. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2013) 185 (8): 6653 – 6666. DOI 10.1007/s10661-012-3054-6.

De la Iglesia, P.; Barber, E.; Giménez, G.; Rodríguez-Velasco, M. L.; Villar-González, A.; Diogène, J. “High-throughput analysis of amnesic shellfish poisoning toxins in shellfish by ultra-performance rapid resolution LC-MS/MS”. Journal of the AOAC International (2011) 94 (2): 555 – 564.

Samaee, S. M.; Mente, E.; Estévez, A.; Giménez, G.; Lahnsteiner, F. “Embryo and larva development in common dentex (Dentex dentex), a pelagphil teleost: The quantitative composition of egg-free amino acids and their interrelations”, Theriogenology (2010) 73: 909 – 919.

Caillaud, A.; Cañete, E.; de la Iglesia, P.; Giménez, G.; Diogène, J. “Cell-based assay coupled with chromatographic fractioning: A strategy for marine toxins detection in natural samples”, Toxicology in Vitro (2009) 23: 1591 – 1596.

Samaee, S.-M.; Estévez, A.; Giménez, G.; Lahnsteiner, F. “Evaluation of quantitative importance of egg lipids and fatty acids during embryos and larvae development in marine pelagophil teleosts: with an emphasis on Dentex dentex”, Journal of Experimental Zoology (2009) 311A: 735 – 751.

Samaee, S.-M.; Lahnsteiner, F.; Giménez, G.; Estévez, A.; Sarg, B.; Lindner, H. “Quantitative composition of vitellogenin-derived yolk proteins and their effects on viability of embryos and larvae of common dentex (Dentex dentex), a marine pelagophil teleost”, Journal of Experimental Zoology (2009) 311A: 504 – 520.

Gisbert, E.; Giménez, G.; Fernández, I.; Kotzamanis, Y.; Estévez, A. “Development of digestive enzymes in common dentex Dentex dentex during early ontogeny”, Aquaculture (2009) 287: 381 – 387.

Giménez-Papiol, G.; Padrós, F.; Roque, A.; Estévez, A.; Furones, D. “Effects of a peroxide-based commercial product on bacterial load of larval rearing water and on larval survival of two species of Sparidae under intensive culture. Preliminary study”, Aquaculture Research (2009) 40: 504 – 508.

De la Iglesia, P.; Giménez, G.; Diogène, J. “Determination of dissolved domoic acid in seawater with reversed-phase extraction disks and rapid resolution liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry with head-column trapping”, Journal of Chromatography A (2008) 1215: 116 – 124.

Borrell, Y. J.; Blanco, G.; Vázquez, E.; Álvarez-Piñera, J.; Giménez, G.; Estévez, A.; Sánchez-Prado, J. A. “Assessing the spawning season in common dentex (Dentex dentex) using microsatellites”, Aquaculture Research (2008) 39: 1258 – 1267.

Giménez, G.; Estévez, A.; Henderson, R.J.; Bell, G.J. “Changes in lipid content, fatty acid composition and lipid class composition of eggs and developing larvae (0 to 40 day-old) of cultured common dentex (Dentex dentex Linnaeus 1758)”, Aquaculture Nutrition (2008) 14: 300 – 308.

Giménez, G.; Estévez, A.; “Effects of two culturing techniques on the growth, survival and larval quality of Dentex dentex Linnaeus, 1758”, Aquaculture Research (2008) 39: 354 – 361

Giménez G.; Estévez, A. “Effect of larval and prey density, prey dose and light conditions on first feeding common dentex (Dentex dentex L.) larvae”, Aquaculture Research (2008) 39 (1): 77 – 84.

Lahnsteiner, F.; Giménez, G.; Estévez, A. “Egg quality determination based on the shape of the lipid vesicle in common dentex, Dentex dentex”, Aquaculture Research (2008) 39 (2): 144 – 149.

Giménez, G.; Kotzamanis, Y.; Hontoria, F.; Estévez, A.; Gisbert, E. “Modelling retinoid content in live preys: a tool for nutritional requirements and development studies in fish larvae”, Aquaculture (2007) 267 (1-4): 76 – 82.

Giménez, G.; Estévez, A.; Lahnsteiner, F.; Zecevic, B. ; Bell, J. G. ; Henderson, R. J. ; Piñera, J. A. ; Sánchez-Prado, J. A. “Egg quality criteria in common dentex (Dentex dentex)”, Aquaculture (2006) 260: 232 – 243.

Giménez, G.; Padrós, F.; Roque, A.; Estévez, A.; Furones, D. “Bacterial load reduction of live prey for fish larval feeding using Ox-Aquaculture”, Aquaculture Research (2006) 37: 1130 – 1139.

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