The central focus of the Institute of Aquatic Ecology is knowledge of any aspect related with the environmental issues of aquatic ecosystems. Within the Institute of Aquatic Ecology, projects are developed that relate to knowledge of water pollution and eutrophication processes, with the necessary corrective measures to restore them and with the establishment of protocols for the correct conservation and management of natural spaces where the aquatic environment predominates.

The Institute of Aquatic Ecology offers execution and development of projects in the following areas:

Environmental impact and water quality

  • Water quality assessment and monitoring: physical/chemical and biological indicators;
  • Environmental impact assessment of aquatic ecosystems;
  • Ecotoxicity tests;
  • Pigment determination by high-resolution chromatography;
  • Analysis of the microorganisms involved in pollution and bioremediation processes.

Restoration and management projects

  • Natural areas restoration projects;
  • Constructed wetlands systems and tertiary purification;
  • Aquatic systems management.


  • Evaluation of populations assessment and management of river fish, reservoirs, wetlands and marine fish stocks;
  • Biodiversity in aquatic environments, species determination and community structure;
  • Microbial communities analysis;
  • Isolation and culture of anaerobic bacteria;
  • Genetic characterization of bacterial isolates;
  • Physiological characterization of bacterial isolates;
  • Broad range of microbiological analysis: public health, industry (wastewater, energy, alimentary, etc);
  • Development of molecular markers for the study of specific groups of microorganisms;
  • Assessment of marine protection areas as management tools to restore biodiversity;
  • Evaluation of the health of exploited fish;
  • Assessesment of the impacts of human activities at sea (fisheries, cruises, tourism, offshore wind energy);
  • Marine biodiversity and human health and wellbeing.