Martín Tresguerres is an associate professor in the Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

He conducts research on a wide range of organisms, from bony fishes and sharks, to corals, to one-celled microalgae called diatoms.

His interests include the evolutionary relationships between basic cellular functions and complex “whole organism” physiology. His studies encompass biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and physiology, but in the past they also have covered marine invertebrate ecology, marine mammal taxonomy, and fisheries. These experiences have trained Tresguerres to always consider the “big picture,” even while studying processes at the molecular level.

Tresguerres’ research at Scripps includes how marine organisms sense and adjust to acid/base disturbances arising from environmental and metabolic variations in carbon dioxide, protons, and bicarbonate ions. Other areas of his interest include aquaculture, biofuels, and evolution.

Tresguerres received his BSc and MSc at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), where he specialized in aquatic biology. He received a Ph.D. in physiology and cell biology at the University of Alberta (Canada), and completed his postdoctoral training in molecular chemosensors and signal transduction at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

Last updated June 2011