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Freshwater Ecology & Management group (F.E.M.), Dept. of Ecology of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

The Department of Ecology of the University of Barcelona was the first Ecology Department in Spain and was founded in 1967.
The first professor was Dr. Ramon Margalef and the present staff includes 4 full professors, 20 associate professors, 2 tenure-track lecturers, about 60 students and 7 members of technical and administrative staff. Research in the Department concerns nearly all fields in ecology following the paths of Margalef's work and ideas, with groups leading Spanish research in Marine Biology, Oceanography and Limnology. The Department begins each year about 20 research programs and 60 programs are running continuously including all kinds of financial support, from European funds to local governments, both in basic and applied science. Foreign relationships are very important and closer links exist specially with Latin-American countries.

The group responsible from this project will be the Freshwater Ecology and Management group (F.E.M.) with more than 30 years of experience in fundamental and applied limnology. In particular, the main research focuses of F.E.M. are:

  • Freshwater ecology and biodiversity of rivers, lakes and wetlands
  • Paleolimnology and global change
  • Biogeography and molecular ecology
  • Biomonitoring of freshwater ecosystems

Núria Bonada

Núria Bonada (PhD) is a tenure-track Lecturer for Ecology at the UB and has 10 years of experience working on research projects. She is a member of the FEM (Freshwater Ecology and Management) research group. Núria Bonada has special expertise on the ecology and conservation of aquatic insects in Mediterranean rivers and has been working in different Mediterranean climate regions of the world. She has published more than 40 publications including 15+ ISI papers.

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Maria Rieradevall

Maria Rieradevall (PhD) is an Associate Professor for Ecology at the UB and has 20 years of experience working on research projects. She is coleading the FEM research group. Maria Rieradevall is now working on the ecology of Mediterranean wetlands and has special expertise on palaeolimnological studies using Chironomidae in lakes. She has published more than 100 scientific papers including 30+ ISI papers.

Narcís Prat

Narcís Prat (PhD) is Full Professor for Ecology at the UB and has 30 years of experience working on research projects. He is the head of the FEM research group. Narcís Prat has special expertise on the ecology and ecological status assessment of Mediterranean rivers and he is now leading several projects in Latin-America. He has published more than 100 scientific papers including 50+ ISI papers.

Ana Filipa Filipe

Ana Filipa Filipe (PhD) is a PostDoc at the UB at the FEM (Freshwater Ecology and Management) research group. Her main interests focus on understanding the patterns and processes of freshwater biodiversity across the landscapes, namely the role of ecological, historical and human-induced factors on constraining native and introduced organisms. Her expertise includes GIS, biodiversity databases, ecological modelling, and ecology of freshwater fish. Filipa has a broad experience working on research projects and her publications are mostly as first author in ISI papers.

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April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/