Dr. Owen S. Wangensteen


 Peel Building Room 115, University of Salford, Manchester, UK






Professional Preparation



Postdoctoral research assistant at Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford (UK). 2016-present


Postdoctoral research assistant, Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Blanes, Spain. 2014-2015.


Associate professor and research assistant, Dpt. of Animal Biology, University of Barcelona,Spain. 2013-2014.


PhD student, Dpt. of Animal Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain. 2008-2013.



Specialist in clinical chemistry, Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. 2006-2011.



Resident in clinical chemistry, Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. 2002-2006.



Resident in clinical analysis, Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain. 2001-2002.



Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Irvine. 2000-2001.



PhD student, Zaidín Experimental Station (EEZ-CSIC), Granada, Spain. 1996-2000. 




Selected Publications



Wangensteen OS, Guardiola M, Palacín C, Turon X (2016) Metabarcoding shallow marine hard-bottom communities: unexpected diversity and database gaps revealed by two molecular markers. In preparation.


Turon X, Wangensteen OS, Cebrian E, Palacín C (2016) Community-wide effects of invasive seaweeds in marine protected areas revealed by metabarcoding. In preparation.


Wangensteen OS, Turon X (2016) Metabarcoding techniques for assessing biodiversity of marine animal forests. In: Rossi S, Bramanti L, Gori A, Orejas C (eds.) Marine animal forests, the ecology of benthic biodiversity hotspots. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-17001-5, in press.


Wangensteen OS, Turon X, Palacin C (2016) Reproductive strategies in marine invertebrates and the structuring of marine animal forests. In: Rossi S, Bramanti L, Gori A, Orejas C (eds.) Marine animal forests, the ecology of benthic biodiversity hotspots. ISBN: 978-3-319-17001-5, in press.


Guardiola M, Wangensteen OS, Taberlet P, Coissac E, Uriz MJ, Turon X (2016) Spatio-temporal monitoring of deep-sea sediment communities using metabarcoding. PeerJ, in press.


García-Cisneros A, Pérez-Portela R, Wangensteen OS, Campos-Canet M, Palacín C (2016) Hope springs eternal in the starfish gonad: preserved potential for sexual reproduction in a single-clone population of a fissiparous starfish. Hydrobiologia, in press.


Rodríguez-Barreras R, Wangensteen OS (2016) Assessing the reliability of two tagging techniques in the echinoid Echinometra lucunter. Regional Studies in Marine Science 5:51– 54.


Balsalobre M, Wangensteen OS, Palacín C, Clemente S, Hernández JC (2016) Efficiency of artificial collectors for quantitative assessment of settlement rates of sea urchins. Scientia Marina 80(2):207–216.


Wangensteen OS, Guardiola M, Palacin C, Turon X (2015) DNA metabarcoding of marine hard-bottom communities using 18S and COI. Genome 58(5):294-294.


 Guardiola M, Uriz MJ, Taberlet P, Coissac E, Wangensteen OS, Turon X (2015) Deepsea, deep-sequencing: metabarcoding extracellular DNA from sediments of marine canyons. PLoS ONE 10:e0139633.


Hazan Y, Wangensteen OS, Fine M (2014) Tough as a rock-boring urchin: adult Echinometra sp. EE from the Red Sea show high resistance to ocean acidification over longterm exposures. Marine Biology 161:2531–2545.


Wangensteen OS, Dupont S, Casties I, Turon X, Palacín C (2013) Some like it hot: temperature and pH modulate larval development and settlement of the sea urchin Arbacia lixula. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 449:304–311.


Wangensteen OS, Turon X, Casso M, Palacín C (2013) The reproductive cycle of the sea urchin Arbacia lixula in Northwest Mediterranean: potential influence of temperature and photoperiod. Marine Biology 160:3157–3168.


Wangensteen OS, Turon X, Pérez-Portela R, Palacín C (2012) Natural or naturalized? Phylogeography suggests that the abundant sea urchin Arbacia lixula is a recent colonizer of the Mediterranean. PLoS ONE 7:e45067.


Wangensteen OS, Turon X, García-Cisneros A, Recasens M, Romero J, Palacín C (2011) A wolf in sheep’s clothing: carnivory in dominant sea urchins in the Mediterranean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 441:117-128.