2009      PhD, Ocean Science Program, University of Southern California, LA, CA

1998      Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia



2015-present    Research Associate, College of Marine Science, University of South     Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

2011-2014    Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

2010-2011    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California – NSF, Los Angeles, CA

2009-2010    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California – SeaGrant, Los Angeles, CA


  • Romero I.C., Tracey Sutton, Brigid Carr, Ester Quintana-Rizzo, Steve W. Ross, David J. Hollander, Joseph J. Torres.. 2018. A decadal assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in mesopelagic fishes from the Gulf of Mexico reveals exposure to oil-derived sources. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.8b02243.
  • Schwing, P.T., J.P. Chanton, I.C. Romero, D.J. Hollander, E.A. Goddard, G.R. Brooks, and R.A. Larson. 2018. Tracing the Incorporation of Carbon into Benthic Foraminiferal Calcite Following the Deepwater Horizon Event. Environmental Pollution 237: 424–29.
  • Ainsworth, Cameron; Paris, Claire; Perlin, Natalie; Dornberger, Lindsey; Patterson, William; Chancellor, Emily; Murawski, Steven; Hollander, David; Daly, Kendra; Romero, Isabel C.; Coleman, Felicia; Perryman, Holly. 2018. Ecosystem Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. PLoS ONE, 13(1): e0190840.
  • Romero I.C., Gerardo Toro-Farmer, Arne-R Diercks, Patrick Schwing, Frank Muller-Karger, Steven Murawski, David J. Hollander. 2017. Large-scale deposition and redistribution of hydrocarbons following a deepwater oil spill. Environmental Pollution, 228: 179-189, doi:org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.05.019
  • Schwing, P.T., O’Malley, B.J., Romero, I.C., Martínez-Colón, M., Hastings, D.W., Glabach, M.A., Hladky, E.M., Greco, A., Hollander, D.J. 2017. Characterizing the variability of benthic foraminifera in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon event (2010-2012). Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res, doi:org/10.1007/s11356-016-7996-z
  • Romero I.C., Tamay Özgökmen, Susan Snyder, Patrick Schwing, Bryan J. O’Malley, Francisco J. Beron-Vera, Maria J. Olascoaga, Ping Zhu, Edward Ryan, Shuyi Chen, Dana L. Wetzel, David Hollander, Steven A. Murawski. 2016. Tracking the Hercules 265 marine gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, DOI: 10.1002/2015JC011037.
  • Murawski S.A., J. Fleeger, W. Patterson, III, C. Hu, K. Daly, I.C. Romero, G.A. Toro-Farmer. 2016. How Did the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Affect Coastal and Continental Shelf Ecosystems? Oceanography 29 (3): 161-173, doi:org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.80
  • Schwing P., Romero I.C., Larson R., O’Malley B., Fridrik E. Goddard E.A., Brooks G., Hastings D., Rosenheim B., Hollander B., Grant G., Mulhollan J. 2016. Sediment core extrusion method at millimeter resolution using a calibrated, treaded-rod.  Journal of Visualized Experiments (114), e54363, doi:10.3791/54363
  • Moss J.A., Chelsea McCurry, Patrick Schwing, Wade H. Jeffrey, Isabel C. Romero, David J. Hollander, Richard A. Snyder. 2016. Molecular characterization of benthic foraminifera communities from the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico shelf and slope following the Deepwater Horizon event. Deep-Sea Research Part I 115: 1-9., doi:org/10.1016/j.dsr.2016.04.010
  • Moss J., Chelsea McCurry; Sarah Tominack; Isabel C Romero; David Hollander; Wade H Jeffrey; Richard A Snyder. 2016. Ciliate protists from the sediment-water interface in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Research Part I 106: 85-96., doi:org/10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.001
  • Overholta W.A., Kala P. Marksa, Isabel C. Romero, David J. Hollander, Terry W. Snella, Joel E. Kostka. 2016. Hydrocarbon Degrading Bacteria Exhibit a Species Specific Response to Dispersed Oil while Moderating Ecotoxicity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, DOI:10.1128/AEM.02379-15.
  • Hastings, D.W., Schwing, P.T., Brooks, G.R., Larson, R.A., Morford, J.L., Roeder, T., Quinn, K.D., Romero, I.C., Hollander, D. J. 2016. Changes in sediment redox conditions following the BP DWH Blowout event.  Deep Sea Research II., doi:org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.12.009
  • Romero, I.C., Schwing, P.T., Brooks, G.R., Larson, R.A., Hastings, D.W., Flower, B.P., Goddard, E.A., Hollander, D.J. 2015. Hydrocarbons in deep-sea sediments following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Blowout in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico. PLOSone,  doi:org/10.1371/journal.pone.0128371
  • Brooks, G.R., Larson, R.A., Flower, B.P., Hollander, D.J., Schwing, P.T., Romero, I.C., Moore, C., Reichart, G.J., Jilbert, T., Hastings, D.W.  2015. Sediment Pulse in the NE Gulf of Mexico Following the 2010 DWH Blowout. PLOSone,  doi:org/10.1371/journal.pone.0132341
  • Schaller U.M., Ulanowicz R.E., Fogel M.L., Wooller M.J., Jacobson-Meyers M.E., Lovelock C.E., Feller I.C., Frischer M., Lee R., McKee K., Romero I.C., Schmit J.P., Shearer C. 2015. Variable nutrient stoichiometry (C:N:P) across trophic levels determines community and ecosystem properties in an oligotrophic mangrove system. Oecologia, doi:10.1007/s00442-015-3379-2.
  • Romero I.C., Myrna E. Jacobson-Meyers, Jed A. Fuhrman and Douglas G. Capone. 2015. Phylogenetic Diversity of Diazotrophs along an Experimental Nutrient Gradient in Mangrove Sediments. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2015, 3, 699-719; DOI:10.3390/jmse3030699.
  • Schwing, P.T., Flower, B.P., Romero, I.C., Brooks, G.R., Larson, R.A., Hollander, D.J., Hastings, D.W.  2015. A decline in benthic foraminifera following the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout, Gulf of Mexico. PLoS One, doi:org/10.1371/journal.pone.012056
  • Quintana-Rizzo, E., Torres, J.J., Ross S.W., Romero I.C., Watson, K., Goddard, E. and Hollander, D. 2015. Changes in δ13C and δ15N in deep-living fishes and shrimps after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 94(1-2), 241–250,
  • Romero I.C., Klein N.J., Sañudo-Wilhelmy S.A., Capone D.G. 2013. Potential trace metal co-limitation controls on N2 fixation and NO-3 uptake in lakes with varying trophic status. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00054.
  • Romero I. C. and Feakins S. J. 2011. Spatial gradients in plant leaf wax D/H cross a coastal salt marsh in Southern California. Organic Geochemistry 42: 618-629,
  • Romero I. C., M. Jacobson Meyers, J.A. Fuhrman, M. Fogel and D.G. Capone. 2011. Long-term nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization effects on N2 fixation rates and nifH gene community patterns in mangrove sediments. Marine Ecology: 1-11. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0485.2011.00465.x.
  • Fogel M. L., M. J. Wooller, J. Cheeseman, B. J. Smallwood, Q. Roberts, I. Romero and M. Jacobsen Meyers. 2008. Unusually negative nitrogen isotopic compositions (δ15N) of mangroves and lichens in an oligotrophic, microbially-influenced ecosystem. Biogeosciences 5: 1704-2008.
  • Lucero C.H., Cantera J. R. and Romero I. C. 2006. Variability of macrobenthic assemblages under abnormal climatic conditions in a small scale tropical estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 68: 17-26.
  • Romero I. C., J.R. Cantera and E. Pena. 2006. Leaf consumption by herbivores in mangroves of the Dagua river estuary, Pacific coast of Colombia. Rev. Biol. Trop. (ISSN-0034-7744) Vol. 54 (4): 1205-1214.
  • Romero I. C., G. Toro-Farmer y JR Cantera. 1997. Primer registro para el Pacifico colombiano de Patelloida semirubida (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Acmaeidae). Boletin Ecotropica: Ecosistemas Tropicales (ISSN: 0122-3313) No. 31.


  • 2017. Romero I.R., Sutton T., Quintana-Rizzo E., Ross S.W., TorresJ. J., Hollander D.J. Long-term study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in deep-water fish species in the northern Gulf of Mexico reveals exposure to Deepwater Horizon oil. In Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Honolulu, Hawaii, February 26- March 3.
  • 2017. Romero I.C., A. Diercks, K.L. Daly, J. Chanton, D.J. Hollander. Distribution of Deposited Petroleum Hydrocarbons after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. New Orleans: 02/6/17-02/9/17.
  • 2016. Romero I.C., Murawski S., Daly K.L., Chanton J., Hollander D.J. The chemical signature of MOSSFA on the seafloor of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In 2nd Hamburg Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills, Hamburg, Germany September 20.
  • 2016. Romero I.C., William F. Patterson III, Tracey Sutton, Ester Quintana-Rizzo, Steve W. Ross, Andrew S. Kane, Steven Murawski, Ethan A. Goddard, Joseph J. Torres, David J. Hollander. A Time-series Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Fish Communities before and after the DWH Event. In 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. Tampa, FL: 02/1/16-02/4/16
  • 2016. Romero I.C., Gerardo A. Toro-Farmer, Arne-R Diercks, Frank Muller-Karger, Gregg R. Brooks, Rebekka A. Larson, Patrick Schwing, Steven Murawski, David J. Hollander. Deposition and redistribution of petroleum hydrocarbons following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Where is going and how long will it remain? In 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. Tampa, FL: 02/1/16-02/4/16
  • 2015. Romero, I., Ozgokmen, T., Snyder, S., Wetzel, D. L., Ylitalo, C. M., Beron Vera, F., et al. Impacts of a marine gas well blowout on PAH contamination in sediments and fish. In 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.


  • 2017    GOMRI Board Members Visit: Contaminants in mesopelagic fauna – DEEPEND Consortium, Nova Southeastern University, DEEPEND Consortium (June 12, 2017)
  • 2017    Annual All-hands meeting at Nova Southeastern University for DEEPEND Consortium (June 13-14,  2017). “PAHs in tissues of mesopelagic fishes in the Gulf of Mexico”
  • 2017    All-hands DEEPEND Consortium Meeting (02/10/2017 New Orleans). “A time-series analysis PAHs in GoM deep-pelagic fauna”
  • 2016    Seagrant Seminar Where did the oil go? (04/14/2015) NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center, Mobile, Alabama. “Spatial Extent of Contamination in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill”
  • 2016    All-hands DEEPEND Consortium Meeting (02/05/2015 Tampa, Florida). “A time-series analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in GoM deep-pelagic fauna”
  • 2013    Research outline to GOMRI Board Members Visit, CIMAGE Consortium, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida


  • 2015    Geochemistry lectures, Graduate School, College of Marine Sciences, University of South Florida
  • 2003-2006 Teaching Assistant, courses: “Benthic Ecology, Molecular Biology, Island Ecology and Natural History, Humans and their Environment, General Biology”, University of Southern California
  • 1999-2000 Lecturer, course “General Biology”, University ICESI, Cali, Colombia
  • 1995-1997 Teaching Assistant, courses: “Marine Invertebrates Zoology, General Invertebrates Zoology”, Universidad del Valle, Colombia