Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology

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    Edifici C

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


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Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Anthropology: Study of genetic alterations in cancer. Genetic effects of ionizing radiation. Study of the dynamics of human populations with unique geographical and/or sociocultural characteristics (island, mountain or border, and of historical or prehistoric interest). Study of the evolutionary dynamics of Pleistocene populations. Molecular evolution: pattern of somatic mutations in the human genome and evolution of the mitochondrial genome. Forensic applications: morphological and DNA studies. Biomedical applications in current and ancient populations.
  • Botany: Aerobiology. Bryology. Mycology. Biodeterioration. Paleoenvironmental studies. Systematics, evolution and conservation of vascular plants. Study of plant communities. Study of plant-animal interactions. Applied geospatial sciences in the study of bioclimatology and plant landscape.
  • Ecology: Genetics and population dynamics. Phenology and distribution of species. Interactions between species. Biological invasions. Chemical ecology, ecotoxicology and metabolomics. Reserves and flows of carbon and nutrients. Water resources. Structure and dynamics of forest communities. Forest management and conservation. Forest decline and regeneration. Forest fires. Forest databases. Regional environmental processes and changes. Thematic cartography and environmental information systems. Fragmentation and dynamics of the landscape. Processes for obtaining products of interest in biomedicine.
  • Zoology: Pathology of fish of commercial interest. Optimization of the cultivation of new species. Feeding and reproductive biology of fish species. Reproduction of Notothenioidei (Pisces: Perciformes) from the Southern Ocean. Taxonomy and biogeography of Teleosts (Liparidae, Zoarcidae and Notothenioidei) of the Southern Ocean. Taxonomic studies on the ichthyofauna of the Western Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic. Plant parasitic nematodes (Nematodes that transmit viruses to plants). Sewage nematodes (Rhabditids and Diplogasterids). Pycnogonids Biology, taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography. Global scope. Beach Suprabenths Taxonomy and ecology of beach suprabenthic communities, mainly of Peracarid Crustaceans. Spider biology. Biology of marsupials, insectivores and rodents. Animal pests. Nematodes, entomopathogenic entomopathodes.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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