Ecofisiología y Fotobiología de algas y macrófitos acuáticos

Investigador Principal

Prof. Dr. Félix L. Figueroa

Profesor de Ecología CV email: teléfono: +34 952 13 16 72 fax: +34 952 13 73 86

Dr. Nathalie Korbee

Investigadora CV email:  

Dr. Paqui de la Coba

Técnico CV email:

 Dr. Rafael Conde

Investigador contratado CV email:

 Dr. Mayte Matas Contreras


 Estudiantes PhD

Jesús de los Ríos


Celia Gil


 Estudiantes MSc

 Eugenia Márquez


 Belén Domínguez




Our work is directed to study the ecological status and vulnerability of coastal ecosystems, lagoons and hypersaline lakes in the Mediterranean under climate change by using functional indicators for monitoring the adaptative responses to environmental stresses such as temperature, ultraviolet radiation and nutrient availability.

The EU water framework directive (WFD, 2000/60/CE) requires scientific criteria to establish the basis for typifying lakes, coastal ad transition waters (lagoons and estuaries) and to evaluate ecological status as expression of the quality of the ecological status must be related to human activities as urban, industrial and agricultural effluents but also to climate change impacts. On the other hand the IPCC (2007) requests research of the vulnerability and adaptation capacity of aquatic ecosystems to climate change. The biological indicators based on composition, abundance and biomass of phytoplankton or macrophytes are undesirable measure of ecological change.

Our work is focused in estimating the ecological status and vulnerability of the macrophyte communities by analysing ecological indicators as species richness and Shannon diversity using permutational multi-variate analysis of variance (Permanova) and by analysing as well functional elements such as bio-optical indicators, maximal quantum yield by in vivo chla fluorescence as indicator of physiological status and stoichiometry (C:N:P). Regarding this we carry out the macrophyte communities (including cartographies and geographical information systems), and environmental gradients (temperature, UV radiation and nutrient availability) in coastal ecosystems mainly sublittoral (Cantabric, Mediterranean, Atlantic) , coastal lagoons and hypersaline lakes from the Southern Iberian Peninsula. On the other hand, ecophysiological approaches with multifactorial experiments analyzing the effect of streess factors (temperature, UV radiation, nutrient availability) are used to know the ability of macrophytes adaptation.

The integration of ecological and ecophysiological approaches give us the basis for the evaluation of the general ecological status, which allow us to predict variations on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems related to climate change.


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