Research at the Renewable Marine Resources Department focuses on the study of the biology and ecology of exploited marine species, their communities and ecosystems. The main zoological groups studied are fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Research takes place in all oceans, mainly in the Mediterranean, from the coastline to the deep sea, and also includes experiments carried out in laboratory aquaria under controlled conditions. Research focuses on several taxonomic groups and different levels of organisation. The studied topics include taxonomy, biodiversity, biology of organisms (such as development, growth and reproduction), population dynamics, effects of environmental variables and habitat characteristics on the organisms and their communities and anthropogenic impact on marine ecosystems.
Researchers at the Department of Renewable Marine Resources lead three research groups: Functioning and Vulnerability of Marine Ecosystems, Biology of Reproduction and Ecology and Conservation of Marine Living Resources.
In the framework of the ICM challenges and research lines, researchers of the Renewable Marine Resources Department work on a range of topics including:
- Taxonomy and biodiversity
- Field and experimental biology of marine organisms
- Interactions among environment, organisms and marine communities
- Ecosystem effects of anthropogenic impacts and conservation of marine living resources
- Footprints Of Global Change In Marine Life
- Life organization and ecosystem functioning
- Life responses to episodic perturbations
- Impact of climate change on the coast and marine basins
- Ocean dynamics and marine ecosystems
- Abiotic components of the ecosystems