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The Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Institut d’Ecologia Aquàtica, IEA) of the University of Girona is a research center founded in 1987 and devoted to all aquatic ecosystems, including marine and inland water habitats (rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and wetlands). It is currently organised in three Sections (Limnology, Microbiology and Marine biology), corresponding to three research groups. It presently consists of over 30 researchers on a wide array of water ecology topics (including studies on bacteria, algae, macroinvertebrates and fish), what facilitates multidisplinary research.

Most of the IEA belongs to EcoAqua (research group recognized and funded by the Generalitat of Catalonia: 2014 SGR 484 and 2017 SGR 548). Members of the Marine Biology section belong to the also SGR-funded group MedRecover (SGR 1521) and coordinate the web page Health and Fish.

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The Fun-METANET project on metacommunities in lagoons kicks-off.

Fun-METANET is a project that aims to advance on the study of metacommunities functioning, using a species‐functional network approach to better understand, species contribution to the functional diversity of the systems. Within this framework we will usually work with lagoons, mostly Mediterranean, and their aquatic fauna, as model systems.


Total success: “Aprèn a conèixer el Fartet” – Citizen’s science

Within the framework of a LIFE-NATURA project “Restoration and management of the lagoons and coastal systems of the Baix Ter”, various actions were carried out aimed at improving the situation of the Pletera fartet. Since then, and in order to know how their state is evolving in this area, studies and monitoring of the populations must be carried out. Last weekend, the Chair of Mediterranean Coastal Ecosystems and the Museu de la Mediterrànea carried out a citizen science activity in La Pletera aimed at monitoring this year, which was attended by two groups.


“Ramon Margalef López (1919-2004) El científic impulsor de l’ecologia a l’estany de Banyoles” is now fully available online

This publication, written in Catalan language, is the outcome of that three-day event in Banyoles in which took place a conference, a round table and six keynote speakers. The chapters of this document, written from a different point of view, explain how the beginnings of Biology in this land start off with Ramon Margalef’s insights of Banyoles - and its unique lake system.  


Ordino becomes meeting point for researchers and managers to discuss ways to reduce the presence of plastic waste in mountain ecosystems.

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05/11 – IEA Talk #9 – Geospatial Decision Support Tools for Marine Spatial Planning: Theory, Methods & Case studies by Dr. Stefano Menego & Dr. Daniel Depellegrin

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28/10 – IEA Talk #8 – A look at the carbon biogeochemistry of boreal aquatic networks through the lens of landscape limnology by Dr. Joan Pere Casas


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27/10 – Thesis defense: Influence of flow alteration and metal pollution on stream biota: from species to community-level responses by Francesc M. Rubio-Gracia

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19/10 – Thesis Defense: Ecosystem functioning of Mediterranean confined coastal lagoons: ecosystem metabolism, main drivers and phytoplankton community by Maria Bas

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