Description and lines of work
The research group "Biodiversity, Marine Ecology and Conservation" (BIOECOMAC) of the. Faculty of Sciences, Section Biology. Belongs to the Departmental Union (UD) of Marine Sciences of the Department of Animal Biology, Edaphology and Geology of the University of La Laguna and its director is Dr. Alberto Brito Hernández.
The main lines of work on which the group has focused to date are:
Taxonomic, biological and ecological study of marine biodiversity, mainly the Canarian and Macaronesian.
Design and monitoring of marine protected areas.
Study of cetacean populations (ecology of deep-diving species with resident populations)
Studies of the effects of climate change (acidification, temperature) on key species and communities.
Exotic marine species, vectors of introduction and impact on the marine biota of the Canary Islands
Studies of Canarian fishery and seafood resources, exploitation and impacts.
The BIOECOMAC team has a wet laboratory where to carry out manipulative experiments, diving and compressor equipment as well as a pneumatic boat and a rigid boat to carry out the samplings, as well as various laboratory equipment.
Description of the work he performs within the MIMAR project
The BIOECOMAC research group participates in Objective 3 "Know the changes in benthic habitats and communities caused by human activity or climate change, identifying the areas of resilience and the loss of ecosystem services, developing mitigation mechanisms." The members of the research group team participating in the MIMAR project are: Dr. Alberto Brito Hernández (Professor), Dr. Gonzalo Lozano (Full Professor), Dr. Sabrina Clemente (Assistant Doctor), Dr. Adriana Rodríguez (Postdoctoral researcher), La Lcda. Cataysa López (predoctoral researcher) and graduate Sergio Moreno (master's student).
The contribution of the group to objective 3 of this project will be through activities 3.1 and 3.2.
Activity 3.1 "Evaluation of ecosystem changes as a consequence of global climate change and / or human activities in the Macaronesian coastal funds and analysis of the loss of ecosystem services" will be launched an ecological monitoring by observing the possible progress of species of tropical affinities and the regression of temperate affinity species, which will be based on indicator species represented by algae, fish and invertebrates, throughout the Canary archipelago, specifically on the islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife and El Hierro. In this activity we will also focus on the evaluation of direct and indirect effects of climate change on key species through manipulative experiments in the laboratory. The aim is to implement an ecological monitoring of climate change indicators throughout the Canary archipelago and to expand the basic knowledge of marine ecosystems with respect to the mitigation of climate change.
Activity 3.2 "Identification of resilience areas for habitats of the Natura 2000 Network and development of mitigation and conservation measures" In this activity, an exploration will be made of all the islands of the Canary Archipelago detecting those areas that may be acting as micro-climatic refuges and present a high resilience for protected and structuring species such as the Zoanthids, making a proposal for protection for those areas that meet these requirements.