ORGANIZATION

The Institute of Aquatic Ecology presently has three Sections (Limnology, Marine Biology and Microbiology), which correspond to four research groups of the University of Girona:

  • Marine Biodiversity and Resources (GR Mar)
  • Marine Ecosystems and Human Health (SeaHealth)
  • Molecular microbial ecology (gEMM)
  • Research Group on Ecology of Inland Waters (GRECO)

These four research groups have active collaborations among them and two of them correspond to EcoAqua (Grup de Recerca Reconegut i Finançat per la Generalitat de Catalunya 2017-2019: 2017 SGR 548).

MARINE BIOLOGY

The Section of Marine Biology of the Institute of Aquatic Ecology is formed by researchers from two research groups: Marine Resources and Biodiversity (GR MAR) and Sea Ecosystems and Human Health (SeaHealth).

The research group Marine Resources and Biodiversity (GR MAR) is the group GRCT0097 of the University of Girona (UdG) and is composed by researchers of the areas Animal Biology and Plant Biology of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the same university. This research group is affiliated to the Institute of Aquatic Ecology (IEA). Part of the group members belong to recognized research group SGR 1364 Marine Community Ecology and SGR 1297 MedRECOVER. GR MAR is a new and multidisciplinary group, with the research focused on the analysis of the impact of global change and other disturbances resulting from human activities on the marine biodiversity and resources, with the aim to contribute to their conservation. Please check the website of GR MAR for more information.

SeaHealth is an interdisciplinary group formed by marine biologists, physicians, and social science researchers among others, who study the complex relationships between marine ecosystems and human health.

LIMNOLOGY

The Limnology Section of the Institute of Aquatic Ecology corresponds to the Research Group on Ecology of Inland Waters (GRECO), which mostly investigates on the following research areas:

  • 1. Ecology and conservation of inland fish in rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands
  • 2. Limnology of Mediterranean lagoons and wetlands
  • 3. Stream ecology and ecotoxicology
  • 4. Structure and functioning of freshwater communities and ecosystems
  • 5. Response of freshwater ecosystems to climate change and other anthropogenic perturbations
  • 6. Biological invasions in fresh waters: routes and vectors of introduction, life history and ecological impacts
  • 7. Freshwater organisms as ecological indicators: algae, invertebrates, and fish
  • 8. Conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems
  • 9. Statistical Ecology
  • 10. Ecology of amphibians and aquatic reptiles

Please visit the GRECO website for detailed information on these research lines.

MICROBIOLOGY

The Microbiology Section of the Institute of Aquatic Ecology corresponds to the Research Group of Molecular Microbial Ecology (gEMM), which mostly investigates on the following research areas:

  • 1. Bacterial resistome
  • 2. Microbial electrosynthesis
  • 3. Biogas upgrading
  • 4. Environmental microbiology

Please visit the gEMM website for detailed information on these research lines.