The Marine Zooplankton Ecology Group (Grup d’Ecologia del Zooplàncton Marí, GEZM) is part of the Department of Marine Biology and Oceanography at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM, CSIC) in Barcelona. It has been acknowledged as Research Group (2017 SGR 87) by the Catalan Government.
The group focuses on the study of the ecology of marine zooplankton,
with special emphasis on protozoans and copepods, key groups in the
functioning of marine pelagic food webs. The main study topics include
the role of zooplankton in marine food webs and biogeochemical cycles,
their taxonomic and functional diversity, ecophysiology and behavior,
as well as the interaction with environmental variables, especially
those affected by global change. The research comprises descriptive and
experimental fieldwork at population and community levels, both in the
framework of research cruises and mesoscosms experiments. The study
areas include from the Mediterranean to polar and tropical areas. The
research contains also a strong component of laboratory
experimentation, aiming at describing and quantifying processes and
interactions at small scale (individual), essential to improve our
comprehension of the functioning of marine food webs. The group has
also long experience on the cultivation of protozoans and copepods.
Don't forget to visit our Facebook!