PhD thesis Nagore Sampedro

On February 23th, our colleague Nagore Sampedro defended her PhD. thesis, titled "Potentially harmful dinoflagellates in the NW Mediterranean coast, with a focus on the Alexandrium genus", by the Universitat de Barcelona, and supervised by Dr. Jordi Camp.

Eva Flo PhD. Thesis

On November 20th 2017, our colleague Eva Flo defended her PhD. thesis, titled "OPENING THE BLACK BOX OF COASTAL INSHORE WATERS IN THE NW MEDITERRANEAN SEA: ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TOOLS AND ASSESSMENT ", by the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona, and supervised by Dr. Jordi Camp. http://hdl.handle.net/10803/461378

Radio interview to Dr. Jordi Camp. “El mar Mediterráneo y sus retos para protegir su biodiversidad”. Programa Luces en la Oscuridad de Gestiona Radio

MARIABOX. New european project

The Coastal Biological Processes group, led by Dr. Esther Garcés, participate in the European project "MARINE environmental site assessment and monitoring tool box" within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union on the development and implementation of automatic sensors for analysis of algal toxins and pollutants in the marine environment. The developed devices will be installed on buoys at various coastal locations to have in situ data in real time and low cost. The project is led by CNE Research and Innovation Center in Cyprus, and involves seven research groups and 6 companies from European countries (Cyprus, Spain, Ireland, UK, Italy and Norway).

To monitor the quality of marine waters, as mandatory by the European laws, are usually performed boy routine sampling of water sent to laboratories for further analysis in the course of several days. There is an urgent need to improve the in situ monitoring of water pollution with continuous observation systems and this information should be provided quickly. That is why we need to have analytical methods that provide faster data about pollution. Because the sensors available on the market tend to be too large and expensive for widespread use, in MARIABOX we will develop new miniaturized sensors to take periodic samples and perform analysis in real time. This will reduce the cost of data acquisition, a key priority for the implementation of laws such as the Water Framework Directive and recently the Marine Strategy.

The new MARIABOX sensors will be portable devices that can be adapted to "floating laboratories" as buoys, platforms or ships, to measure various chemical and biological contaminants that exist in marine waters, as a part of routine physical and chemical parameters. Over the next 4 years we will work on developing and validating the sensor device including an rapid assessment of 5 anthropogenic pollutants and 4 categories of algal toxins that can affect the environment and human health, such as pesticides. The device will be completely autonomous and will have a source of energy, reagents needed for analysis, and the essential technology for the reception and transmission of data collected by sensors to a web platform and mobile application. These devices will perform simultaneous analyzes in selected coastal areas, especially in areas of aquaculture production in Norway, Cyprus, Ireland and Spain.
We want to create a cost-effective system for monitoring and appropriate temporal and spatial scale to state the health of the marine environment .

Title: MARINE environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX
European Union - FP7 Ocean 2013, Collaborative project
Project number: 614088 Duration: 48 months (from February 2014)
Coordinator: Esther Garcés (ICM)
Participants: 13 european partners
Budget of the project: 5.1 M €
ICM budget: 396.798 €

A new family of microalgae

PBL members have identified a new family of dinoflagellates. The study has been published in the journal Protist and the news has been highlighted in the CSIC-Catalunya dissemination website.
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"Ecosistemes dels Països Catalans". Supplement of "Història Natural dels Països Catalans"

Researchers of the PBL group have participated in the elaboration of some chapters from the "Atlas of the Ecosystems from the Catalan Countries (Natural History of the Catalan Countries)".

CAMP, J., GARCÉS, E., VILA, M. i FLO, E. (2013). "Les aigües litorals", pàg. 124-125. Dins: Bueno, D. (dir.) (2013). Ecosistemes dels Països Catalans. Suplement de la Història Natural dels Països Catalans. Barcelona: Enciclopèdia Catalana. 320 pàgines.

CAMP, J., GARCÉS, E. i VILA, M. (2013). "La columna d’aigua", pàg. 148-149. Dins: Bueno, D. (dir.) (2013). Ecosistemes dels Països Catalans. Suplement de la Història Natural dels Països Catalans. Barcelona: Enciclopèdia Catalana. 320 pàgines.

Interview of "La Xarxa" radio to Dr. Jordi Camp

On 6/19/13, "El Mirador de Barcelona", a program of "La Xarxa" radio, has interviewed Dr. Jordi Camp to analyze the health of sea water on the coast of Barcelona.


Final meeting PARAL project

During 16th and 17th of April 2013 the final meeting of the PARAL project was carried out at the Marine Sciences Institute (Barcelona).



The group PBL will participate in National Plan project GRADIENTS, which will take place between 2013-2015.
Coastal waters are a transition zone, the point of contact and mixing between waters that come from the continent and the ocean. Continental contributions and physical processes, such as wind, waves, tides and currents in coastal waters produce a higher biological productivity, the exchanges with the sediment chemical processes extremely more effective and intense and dynamic that the oceanic zone.
The project GRADIENTS aims to characterize that ecosystem and understand the physical, chemical and biological variability associated with their small scale, also considering anthropogenic effects. The project focuses on the characterization of the dominant processes in space and time scales appropriate to the study of a specific coastal area. The description and characterization of gradients in Mediterranean Coast not only has scientific relevance but also has important implications for coastal zone management and development of the European Directives regulating coastal and oceanic waters.

European project DEVOTES

The PBL team will participate in the european project DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status), which will be conducted during 2012-2016. The main objective of the project is to assess the marine ecosystems state of health (human activities impacts and variations due to climate change on marine biodiversity), by developing indicators from long-term series and using innovative tools and techniques. Scientists will recommend European authorities the measures that will help to achieve a sustainable management of the oceans.

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XV International Conference on Harmful Algae 2012 Korea

From October 29 to November 2 2012, the XV International Conference on Harmful Algae will be held in Korea.

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Recerca en Acció

Since 12th September, the PBL group participates with the "Recerca en Acció" website with the project "The mediterranean coast".

The main objective of Recerca en Acció is to present the investigation carried out in Catalonia in all its disciplines, including results, methods and tools used, doing it in a visual and participative way. The website offers a useful tool for students interested in studying and participating with the investigation from Catalonia.


Life in the Mediterranean Sea

A new book has been published about the habitat changes in the Mediterranean sea “Life in the Mediterranean Sea: A look at habitat changes” Noga Stambler editor, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, US, ISBN: 978-1-61209-644-5. Researchers of the group have published a chapter in this book about habitat changes in the Mediterranean and implications for harmful algal blooms.

Garcés, E. and J. Camp. 2012. Habitat changes in the Mediterranean Sea and the consequences for Harmful Algal Blooms formation. In “Life in the Mediterranean Sea: A look at habitat changes” Noga Stambler editor, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, US, ISBN: 978-1-61209-644-5, pp. 519-541

New dinoflagellate species in the science blog from the 'Ara' newspaper

The last entry of the science blog from 'Ara', written by the researcher Daniel Closa, talks about "Barrufeta bravensis", a dinoflagellate described by members of the PBL group. You can read it at: 


Thesis defense of Claudio Fuentes

Past September 30th, Claudio Fuentes defended his doctoral thesis titled "Dinoflagellates and raphidophytes microalgal groups as feedstock for biodiesel production", directed by Dra. E. Garcés.

Assessing eutrophication for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

The importance of addressing eutrophication to improve the ecological health of coastal and marine waters has been identified in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. A new study discusses possible methods for assessing and monitoring eutrophication, including which indicators to monitor.

Download article (PDF): http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/252na4.pdf

Algae monograph at La Vanguardia

The supplement of the journal La Vanguardia, published on August 13th, has been dedicated to algae, with participation of Claudio Fuentes, member of PBL. It provides a broad overview of current research on algae, as well as the benefits and applications that can have on society.


Articles published in the press

During summer, several articles have been published in the press on the problematics of the harmful algae in the Catalan coast, with the participation of several members of the PBL:

Diari Ara: http://www.ara.cat/ara_premium/estiu/Microalgues-que-provoquen-Rinitis_0_529147081.html

El País: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cataluna/peor/vecina/Llavaneres/elpepusoc/20110809elpcat_6/Tes

El Periódico: http://www.elperiodico.cat/ca/noticias/societat/les-algues-toxiques-campen-pel-mediterrani-1139341

Mataró Ràdio: http://www.mataronoticies.cat/lalga-ostreopsis-una-ve%C3%AFna-no-desitjada

9th International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates

28th August - 2nd September 2011.

The international conference on modern and fossil dinoflagellates is a longstanding conference series which began in 1978 in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a Penrose Conference organised by Bill Evitt. The overarching aim of the series is to bring together researchers working on present day dinoflagellates with those working on dinoflagellates in the fossil record to foster interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration. It is in this spirit we offer the 9th conference in the series and cordially invite you to Liverpool to participate in the dynamic social spirit of the city alongside a stimulating intellectual endeavor.



Se va a celebrar en Bilbao del 30 de Mayo al 2 de Junio de 2011 en el Paraninfo de la Universidad del País Vasco /Euskal Herriko Univertsitatea (UPV/EHU), situado en el centro de Bilbao, junto a la llamada ría de Bilbao (estuario del Nervión-Ibaizabal).

En la línea de las reuniones anteriores, esta próxima tiene como objetivo principal que los asistentes puedan intercambiar experiencias y debatir sobre los diferentes aspectos de interés en relación con el fitoplancton tóxico y las biotoxinas.

Más información: emma.orive@ehu.es

Entrevista a Ràdio 4

Entrevista del programa Vida Verda de Ràdio 4 al Dr. Jordi Camp: 

La qualitat ecològica del nostre fons marí

La biodiversitat del fons a la mediterrània va canviant de forma accelerada de la mateixa manera que ho fa el continent amb la sobre explotació humana. Analitzem la situació amb el biòleg i membre del CSIC Jordi Camp. El científic és partidari de fomentar les reserves generals de la Biosfera en les que l'acció humana redueixi el seu impacte contaminant per tal que s'equilibri la vida al mar. Parlem també amb Claudio Lauria director del FICMA, el Festival Internacional de Medi Ambient que comença aquest 1 de juny. Miquel Ventura, director de la Fundació Mar a Barcelona parla de les seves experiències amb el vaixell Ferreret que s'alimenta per pannells solars i és el resultat del projecte Ecoinnomar. Està destinat a reduir la contaminació provocada pels 6 milions de vaixells que naveguen per la zona euromediterrània.


International Conference on Ostreopsis Development

The first ICOD - International Congress on Ostreopsis Development will be held from 4th to 8th April 2011 at Villefranche sur mer (France). Please find the first call attached and more detail at http://www.obs-vlfr.fr/ICOD.

Web de la XI Reunión Ibérica de Algas Tóxicas y Biotoxinas

La web de la XI Reunión Ibérica de Algas Tóxicas y Biotoxinas  ya está activa.


Bilbao del 30 de Mayo al 2 de Junio de 2011. La sede será en el Paraninfo de la Universidad del País Vasco /Euskal Herriko Univertsitatea (UPV/EHU), situado en el centro de Bilbao, junto a la ría de Bilbao (estuario del Nervión-Ibaizabal)

En la línea de las reuniones anteriores, esta próxima tiene como objetivo principal que los asistentes puedan intercambiar experiencias y debatir sobre los diferentes aspectos de interés en relación con el fitoplancton tóxico y las biotoxinas.

Jornada de Puertas Abiertas en el CMIMA

Los próximos días 16 y 17 de noviembre de 2010 se llevará a cabo la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas en el CMIMA, emmarcada dentro de la Semana de la Ciencia.

La Jornada consta de visitas guiadas por el centro donde se mostraran las instalaciones, el trabajo realizado por distintos grupos de investigación, así como aplicaciones de las investigaciones en curso.

Reserva obligatoria: contactar con bgarriz@icm.csic.es, Tel. 93 230 95 05

Simposio 2010: Calidad ambiental de las aguas litorales

12 de noviembre de 2010, Facultad de Derecho, Universitat de Barcelona. El Instituto del Agua de la UB organiza un Simposio internacional sobre el Mediterráneo y las aguas litorales.

Para el evento, se han seleccionado un panel de investigadores nacionales e internacionales de prestigio con el fin de dar a conocer el amplio abanico de especialistas que inciden en este medio: desde los aspectos legales y de normativas nacionales e internacionales, hasta los aspectos ambientales y de actividades que se producen en el medio. El programa está compuesto por la presentación de comunicaciones invitadas, una mesa redonda y una sesión abierta en paralelo de presentaciones tipo "póster".

Depositada la tesis doctoral de Sílvia Anglès

La tesis titulada "Role of life-cycle stages in Dinoflagellata population dynamics" ha sido depositada en la Universidad de Barcelona y está dirigida por Dra. E. Garcés.

14th International Conference on Harmful Algae in Crete

Del 1 al 5 de Noviembre de 2010 se celebra en Hersonissos, Creta (Grecia), la conferencia internacional sobre algas nocivas "14th International Conference on Harmful Algae in Crete"