Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Inia Mariel Soto Ramos



Org Code: 616

Mail Code: 616.2
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Dr. Inia Soto Ramos is an Oceanographer and Earth Scientist for Morgan State University at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Ocean Ecology Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Biological Oceanography at the University of South Florida. Her dissertation focused on the evaluation and detection of harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. She has expertise in satellite remote sensing, ocean color, and optical oceanography. She has applied her expertise to a variety of multidisciplinary research topics such as coral reefs, marine connectivity, harmful algal blooms and phytoplankton ecology, water quality and coastal dynamics. She is also passionate about scientific outreach and education. She had the opportunity to participate in the binational collaboration between Mexico and the U.S.A. to study Harmful Algal Blooms. She was a Postdoctoral researcher for the Consortium for oil spill exposure pathways in coastal river-dominated ecosystems (CONCORDE) at the University of Southern Mississippi where she coupled satellite imagery, circulation models and field data to understand the river plume dynamics in the Mississippi Bight. Most recently, she works as a Research Specialist and Subject Matter Expert for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) at the Harte Research Institute, Texas A & M, Corpus Christi. She is currently the data manager for the EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) Project and SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS).


Earth Scientist

Universities Space Research Association - NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA

June 2019 - December 2021

Oceanographic Data Analyst and Subject Matter Expert

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) - Harte Research Institute, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, Texas.

March 2018 - June 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi - Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

August 2015 - February 2018

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Laboratório de Estudos dos Oceano e Clima, Instituto de Oceanografia - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), Rio Grande, RS, Brazil

November 2013 - May 2015

Research Assistant

University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, FL

February 2007 - September 2013

Research Assistant

Florida Institute of Oceanography - St. Petersburg, FL

February 2008 - February 2012

Associate Research Scientist

Morgan State University - NASA Goddard

December 2021 - Present


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, 2013

M.S. Biological Oceanography. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, 2006

B.S. Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, P.R., 2005



Soto Ramos, I. M., B. Crooke, B. Seegers, et al. I. Cetinić, M. K. Cambazoglu, and B. Armstrong. 2023. Spatial and temporal characterization of cyanobacteria blooms in the Mississippi Sound and their relationship to the Bonnet Carré Spillway openings Harmful Algae 127 102472 [10.1016/j.hal.2023.102472]

Neeley, A., S. E. Beaulieu, C. Proctor, et al. I. Cetinić, J. Futrelle, I. Soto Ramos, H. M. Sosik, E. Devred, L. Karp-Boss, M. Picheral, N. Poulton, C. S. Roesler, and A. Shepherd. 2021. Standards and practices for reporting plankton and other particle observations from images 38 [10.1575/1912/27377]

Siegel, D. A., I. Cetinić, J. R. Graff, et al. C. M. Lee, N. Nelson, M. J. Perry, I. S. Ramos, D. K. Steinberg, K. Buesseler, R. Hamme, A. J. Fassbender, D. Nicholson, M. M. Omand, M. Robert, A. Thompson, V. Amaral, M. Behrenfeld, C. Benitez-Nelson, K. Bisson, E. Boss, P. W. Boyd, M. Brzezinski, K. Buck, A. Burd, S. Burns, S. Caprara, C. Carlson, N. Cassar, H. Close, E. D’Asaro, C. Durkin, Z. Erickson, M. L. Estapa, E. Fields, J. Fox, S. Freeman, S. Gifford, W. Gong, D. Gray, L. Guidi, N. Haëntjens, K. Halsey, Y. Huot, D. Hansell, B. Jenkins, L. Karp-Boss, S. Kramer, P. Lam, J.-M. Lee, A. Maas, O. Marchal, A. Marchetti, A. McDonnell, H. McNair, S. Menden-Deuer, F. Morison, A. K. Niebergall, U. Passow, B. Popp, G. Potvin, L. Resplandy, M. Roca-Martí, C. Roesler, T. Rynearson, S. Traylor, A. Santoro, K. D. Seraphin, H. M. Sosik, K. Stamieszkin, B. Stephens, W. Tang, B. Van Mooy, Y. Xiong, and X. Zhang. 2021. An operational overview of the EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) Northeast Pacific field deployment Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 9 (1): [10.1525/elementa.2020.00107]

Parra, S. M., A. T. Greer, J. W. Book, et al. A. L. Deary, I. M. Soto, C. Culpepper, F. J. Hernandez, and T. N. Miles. 2019. Acoustic detection of zooplankton diel vertical migration behaviors on the northern Gulf of Mexico shelf Limnology and Oceanography lno.11171 [10.1002/lno.11171]

Dzwonkowski, B., S. Fournier, J. T. Reager, et al. S. Milroy, K. Park, A. M. Shiller, A. T. Greer, I. Soto, S. L. Dykstra, and V. Sanial. 2018. Tracking sea surface salinity and dissolved oxygen on a river-influenced, seasonally stratified shelf, Mississippi Bight, northern Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf Research 169 25-33 [10.1016/j.csr.2018.09.009]

Greer, A. 2018. Functioning of Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems and Implications for Oil Spill Response: From Observations to Mechanisms and Models Oceanography 31 (3): [10.5670/oceanog.2018.302]

Soto, I. M., M. K. Cambazoglu, A. D. Boyette, et al. K. Broussard, D. Sheehan, S. D. Howden, A. M. Shiller, B. Dzwonkowski, L. Hode, P. J. Fitzpatrick, R. A. Arnone, P. F. Mickle, and K. Cressman. 2018. Advection of Karenia brevis blooms from the Florida Panhandle towards Mississippi coastal waters Harmful Algae 72 46-64 [10.1016/j.hal.2017.12.008]

Soto, I., M. K. Cambazoglu, R. Arnone, J. Kastler, and S. Parra. 2018. Virtual Oceanography The Science Teacher 086 (04): [10.2505/4/tst18_086_04_24]

Cambazoglu, M. K., I. M. Soto, S. D. Howden, et al. B. Dzwonkowski, P. J. Fitzpatrick, R. A. Arnone, G. A. Jacobs, and Y. H. Lau. 2017. Inflow of shelf waters into the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay estuaries in October 2015 Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11 (3): 032410 [10.1117/1.jrs.11.032410]

Arnone, R., R. Vandermuelen, I. Soto, et al. S. Ladner, M. Ondrusek, and H. Yang. 2017. Diurnal changes in ocean color sensed in satellite imagery Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11 (3): 032406 [10.1117/1.jrs.11.032406]

Dzwonkowski, B., A. Greer, C. Briseño-Avena, et al. J. Krause, I. Soto, F. Hernandez, A. Deary, J. Wiggert, D. Joung, P. Fitzpatrick, S. O’Brien, S. Dykstra, Y. Lau, M. Cambazoglu, G. Lockridge, S. Howden, A. Shiller, and W. Graham. 2017. Estuarine influence on biogeochemical properties of the Alabama shelf during the fall season Continental Shelf Research 140 96-109 [10.1016/j.csr.2017.05.001]

Soto, I. M., F. E. Muller-Karger, C. Hu, and J. Wolny. 2016. Characterization of Karenia brevis blooms on the West Florida Shelf using ocean color satellite imagery: implications for bloom maintenance and evolution Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11 (1): 012002 [10.1117/1.jrs.11.012002]

Soto, I. M., J. Cannizzaro, F. E. Muller-Karger, et al. C. Hu, J. Wolny, and D. Goldgof. 2015. Evaluation and optimization of remote sensing techniques for detection of Karenia brevis blooms on the West Florida Shelf Remote Sensing of Environment 170 239-254 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.09.026]

Vega-Rodriguez, M., F. Müller-Karger, P. Hallock, et al. G. Quiles-Perez, C. Eakin, M. Colella, D. Jones, J. Li, I. Soto, L. Guild, S. Lynds, and R. Ruzicka. 2015. Influence of water-temperature variability on stony coral diversity in Florida Keys patch reefs Marine Ecology Progress Series 528 173-186 [10.3354/meps11268]

Craig, S. E., and I. M. Soto Ramos. 2014. Detection of karenia brevis and Karenia mikimotoi Blooms Reports of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group: Phytoplankton Functional Types from Space. 15

Perez-Santos, I., and I. M. Soto Ramos. 2014. Chlorophyll-a patterns and mixing processes in the Yucatan Basin, Caribbean Sea Ciencias Marinas 40 (1): 11-31 [10.7773/cm.v40i1.2320]

Montes, E., F. Muller-Karger, R. Thunell, et al. D. Hollander, Y. Astor, R. Varela, I. Soto, and L. Lorenzoni. 2012. Vertical fluxes of particulate biogenic material through the euphotic and twilight zones in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 67 73-84 [10.1016/j.dsr.2012.05.005]

Soto, I., C. Hu, K. Steidinger, et al. F. Muller-Karger, J. Cannizzaro, J. Wolny, S. Cerdeira-Estrada, E. Santamaria-del-Angel, F. Tafoya-del-Angel, P. Alvarez-Torres, J. Herrera Silveira, and J. Allen. 2012. Binational collaboration to study Gulf of Mexico's harmful algae Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 93 (5): 49-50 [10.1029/2012eo050002]

Yu, K., C. Hu, F. E. Muller-Karger, D. Lu, and I. Soto. 2011. Shoreline changes in west-central Florida between 1987 and 2008 from Landsat observations International Journal of Remote Sensing 32 (23): 8299-8313 [10.1080/01431161.2010.535045]

Soto, I. M., F. E. Muller Karger, P. Hallock, and C. Hu. 2011. Sea Surface Temperature Variability in the Florida Keys and Its Relationship to Coral Cover Journal of Marine Biology 2011 1-10 [10.1155/2011/981723]

Soto, I., S. Andréfouët, C. Hu, et al. F. E. Muller-Karger, C. C. Wall, J. Sheng, and B. G. Hatcher. 2009. Physical connectivity in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System inferred from 9 years of ocean color observations Coral Reefs 28 (2): 415-425 [10.1007/s00338-009-0465-0]


Neeley, A. R., I. M. Soto Ramos, and C. Proctor. 2023. Standards and Best Practices for Reporting Flow Cytometry Observations: a technical manual, Version 1.1 Ocean Best Practices 31 []