IP: Dr. Jordi Camp

Dr. Jordi CampI started my scientific career working on benthic systems from the Galician coast in the context of commercial exploitation of algae and the effects of trawling along the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in studies focused on the taxonomy of polychaete annelids, I began my investigations of benthic communities of the Saharan continental shelf and the impact of thermal power plants on coastal ecosystems of the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean.

In the 1970s, I designed and co-directed the first program of extensive study of coastal benthic communities in Catalonia (funded by the Foundation Juan March), which led to the establishment of a school for benthos studies. This school is now centered in the departments of Ecology and Zoology at the University of Barcelona and at the CSIC in Blanes and Barcelona. During the 1980s, my work focused on anthropogenic estuarine systems, specifically, the evaluation of material flows between compartments as a means to describe the behavior of this system (following, in part, the Woods Hole School, led by Ivan Valiela, and strongly influenced by the ideas of Ramon Margalef).

Between the mid-late 1980s and 1990s, I supervised three research projects funded by the CICIT and CAICIT, the results of which provided the basis for and continue to guide estuarine system management in the Ebro Delta. Since then, I have merged my interests with those of the PBL group.

My research is motivated by my concerns about the relationship between society and the environment. This relationship is becoming increasingly strained and manipulated as a result of a global population that is mostly urbanite and lacks direct contact with nature.


E-mail: jcamp@icm.csic.es

Highlighted publications:

  • Garcés, E., Masó, M. and Camp, J. (1999) A recurrent and localized dinoflagellate bloom in Mediterranean beach. Journal of Plankton Research 21: 2373-2391.
  • Garcés, E., Masó, M., Delgado, M. and Camp, J. (1999). In situ growth rate and distribution of the ichthyotoxic dinoflagellate Gyrodinium corsicum Paulmier, in an estuarine embayment (Alfacs Bay, NW Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Plankton Research, 21: 1977-1991.
  • Vila, M., Camp J., Garcés E., Masó M., and Delgado M. (2001) High resolution spatio-temporal detection of HABs in confined waters of the NW Mediterranean. Journal of Plankton Research, 23: 497-514.
  • Vila M., Garcés E., Masó M. and Camp J. (2001) Is the distribution of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella expanding along the NW Mediterranean coast? Marine Ecology Progress Series 222: 73:83.