General information

The University of Vigo in Spain is a medium to big University in size. It has 27 faculties, 60 Departments, and approximately 23.000 students. The Department of Ecology and Animal Biology of the University of Vigo deals with different main research lines in marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems. The Department is composed by total of 21 lecturers in ecology and zoology, 10 postdoctoral holding a research position, and around 30 PhD students. The group of “Aquatic Ecology”, within the Area of Ecology, is considered a reference group for the University of Vigo and for the regional authorities of Galicia_NW-Spain. It is composed by one professor and two lecturers, 3 postdoctoral research contracted staff, 7 PhD students and 2 technicians. The group research lines include the ecology of aquatic systems, from the ecology of populations to ecosystems in marine and freshwater environments. The group has been involved in different EU, National, regional funded research projects. Presently, we are involved in different policy related initiatives at the regional, national and European level dealing with the application of the Water Framework Directive to Spanish water bodies in Mediterranean and Atlantic regions, with an active participation in the European exercises for the intercalibration of Central/Baltic rivers and Transitional Mediterranean water bodies. Major recent projects include the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Balearic islands: evaluation of environmental quality of the surface water bodies (temporary streams and coastal lagoons) using indicators and biological indices funded by the regional water authorities (Instituto Balear del agua y del Litoral. Govern Balear).

Evidence of special competence and references

The group of “Aquatic Ecology” focuses its research in the ecology of aquatic systems, from the ecology of populations to ecosystems in marine and freshwater environments. Major research lines of the group include the modelling of biological processes in aquatic ecosystems, and the combined research on structural and functional aspects of surface waters, ecological characterisation of bodies of water, and aspects related with their structure and functioning (i.e. organic matter budgets, leaf processing, relationship between organic matter dynamics and aquatic consumers). The group also focuses on the transfer of scientific and technological research to water managers, involving ecological research and the development of new innovative methodologies and ecological practises, such as the development of indicators of ecological status.

The group has been involved in different EU, National, regional funded research projects. Presently, we are involved in different policy related initiatives at the regional, national and European dealing with the application of the Water Framework Directive to Spanish water bodies. Major recent projects include the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the Balearic islands: evaluation of environmental quality of the surface water bodies (temporary streams and coastal lagoons) using indicators and biological indices funded by the regional water authorities (Instituto Balear del agua y del Litoral. Govern Balear). 2005-2007.
Other related projects are also related with the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in the North basin district of Spain (Confederación hidrológica del Norte. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, 2004-20), and the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/CE in the territory of Galicia-coast (Xunta de Galicia. Augas de Galicia, 2003-2004).
Other Funded projects by the Spanish Science Ministery:
The ecological status of Mediterranean rivers. Elaboration of an integrated index of the ecological quality for Mediterranean rivers. C.I.C.Y.T. 1998 -2001.
The ecological status of Mediterranean rivers. Regionalisation, reference sites and predictive models of quality evaluation. C.I.C.Y.T. 2001 – 2004.
 
Recent publications relevant for project:
Alvarez, M. & Pardo, I. 2007. Do temporary streams of Mediterranean islands have a distinct macroinvertebrate community? The case of Majorca. Archiv für hydrobiology, 168/1: 55-70.
Pardo, I. & Álvarez, M. 2006. Comparison of resource and consumer dynamics in Atlantic and Mediterranean streams. Limnetica 25(1-2): 271-286.
Alvarez, M., Pardo, I., Moyá, G., Ramón, G. & Martínez-Taberner, A. 2001. Invertebrate communities in torrents of Majorca island: a comparison between two basins with different land uses. Limnetica. 20: 73- 83.
Pardo, I., Alvarez, M., Delgado, C., García, L., Lucena, P. 2007. Implementación de la DMA en Baleares: Evaluación de la calidad ambiental de las masas de agua epicontinnetales usando indicadores e índices biológicos. Tomo I: Torrentes. Technical Report. 199 pp.

Pardo, I., Alvarez, M., Delgado, C., García, L., Lucena, P. 2007. Implementación de la DMA en Baleares: Evaluación de la calidad ambiental de las masas de agua epicontinentales usando indicadores e índices biológicos. Tomo II: Zonas húmedas. Technical Report. 159 pp

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