Research Groups

MARE is organized in 3 ecosystem-oriented Research Groups

Each research group organises its action assuming an ecosystem oriented approach, focused on its main subject. The research group expertise covers a large spectrum of topics, crossing transversely several MARE Thematic Lines, encompassing researchers with diverse backgrounds and experience.

 

River basins

The River Basins research group organises its action assuming an ecosystem oriented approach, focused on river basins and interfacing ecosystems.

This research group encompasses researchers with diverse backgrounds and experience who have been working in issues of inland waters (ecological processes, assessment of different stressors and ecological assessment and biomonitoring), basins (including interfacing ecosystems, namely landscape based analysis of biodiversity patterns and ecological processes) and also fisheries management and conservation (including conservation genetics). It has a strong interdisciplinary expertise paramount to address fundamental and applied research questions related to riverine ecosystems, covering different levels, namely, (1) environmental chemical and physical templates; (2) cellular biology; (3) functional ecology of organisms; and (4) ecological processes.

 

 

 

Estuaries and Coastal zones

The Estuaries and Coastal Zones research group organises its action assuming an ecosystem oriented approach, focused on estuaries and coastal zones. This research group expertise covers a large spectrum of topics, encompassing researchers with diverse backgrounds and experience. Such a strong interdisciplinary expertise is paramount to address present time fundamental and applied research questions related to estuarine systems (including coastal lagoons) and coastal areas, at the ecosystem level. Indeed, a comprehensive awareness of the processes behind the characteristics and ecological condition of estuarine and coastal ecosystems, where the aquatic environment is analysed as an interrelated unit, sharing attributes and interacting with adjacent areas (land, atmosphere, and other water bodies), is essential for an integrative systemic approach.

 

 

 

Open ocean and Deep Sea

The Open Ocean and Deep Sea research group organises its action assuming an ecosystem oriented approach, focused on open-ocean and deep-sea ecosystems.

The research group expertise covers a large spectrum of topics, encompassing researchers with diverse backgrounds and experience.

The research group addresses problems focused on corresponding ecosystems: 1) surface water and water column, 2) benthic ecosystems, seamounts, ocean ridges, canyons, deep fracture zones and trenches, island slopes and related habitats (e.g. cold-water corals, sponge aggregations), 3) chemosynthetic environments in particular ocean ridges with hydrothermal vents, 4) polar aquatic biology.

Such a strong interdisciplinary expertise is paramount to address fundamental and applied research questions and a set of four crossing themes is addressed: 1) anthropogenic impacts, including climate driven changes, 2) ecosystem functioning, distribution and connectivity, 3) biological capacities and 4) societal, economic and governance.