Inia Mariel Soto Ramos

Inia Mariel Soto Ramos

  • Scientist
  • 301.614.6012
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 616
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: USRA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Inia Soto Ramos is an Oceanographer and Earth Scientist for the Universities Space Research Association 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.

    Positions/Employment

    5/2019 - Present

    Earth Scientist

    Universities Space Research Association, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
    2/2018 - 5/2019

    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.
    7/2015 - 1/2018

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Department of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
    10/2013 - 4/2015

    Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Laboratório de Estudos dos Oceano e Clima, Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG), Rio Grande, RS, Brazil
    1/2007 - 8/2013

    Research Assistant

    University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
    1/2008 - 1/2012

    Research Assistant

    Florida Institute of Oceanography, St. Petersburg, FL

    Education

    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

    Publications

    Refereed

    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]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Inia Soto Ramos is an Oceanographer and Earth Scientist for the Universities Space Research Association 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.

    Publications

    Refereed

    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]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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