Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Inia Mariel Soto Ramos


Inia Mariel Soto Ramos's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6012
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. Dr. Soto Ramos 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. Dr. Soto Ramos serves as the data manager for the EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) Project, SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS), and PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) Mission. Dr. Soto Ramos currently co-leads the validation efforts for the PACE mission.


Associate Research Scientist

Morgan State University - NASA Goddard

November 2021 - Present

Earth Scientist

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

May 2019 - October 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.

February 2018 - May 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

July 2015 - January 2018

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship

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

October 2013 - April 2015

Research Assistant

University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, FL

January 2007 - August 2013

Research Assistant

Florida Institute of Oceanography - St. Petersburg, FL

January 2008 - January 2012


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



2024. "Phytoplankton composition from sPACE: Requirements, opportunities, and challenges." Remote Sensing of Environment 302 (1): 113964 [10.1016/j.rse.2023.113964] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Assessment of Oceanographic Conditions during the North Atlantic EXport Processes in the Ocean from RemoTe Sensing (EXPORTS) Field Campaign." Progress in Oceanography 103170 [10.1016/j.pocean.2023.103170] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Standards and practices for reporting plankton and other particle observations from images." 38 [10.1575/1912/27377] [Report]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Virtual Oceanography." The Science Teacher 086 (04): [10.2505/4/tst18_086_04_24] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Diurnal changes in ocean color sensed in satellite imagery." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11 (3): 032406 [10.1117/1.jrs.11.032406] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Detection of karenia brevis and Karenia mikimotoi Blooms." Reports of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group: Phytoplankton Functional Types from Space. 15 [Report]

2014. "Chlorophyll-a patterns and mixing processes in the Yucatan Basin, Caribbean Sea." Ciencias Marinas 40 (1): 11-31 [10.7773/cm.v40i1.2320] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Binational collaboration to study Gulf of Mexico's harmful algae." Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 93 (5): 49-50 [10.1029/2012eo050002] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]

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] [Journal Article/Letter]


2023. "Standards and Best Practices for Reporting Flow Cytometry Observations: a technical manual, Version 1.1." Ocean Best Practices 31 [] [Other]