BEEMed Biodiversity and evolution of mediterranean ecosystems

Consolidated Research Group supported by Generalitat de Catalunya focused on the study of the processes generating and maintaining biodiversity in the Mediterranean region at different spatial and temporal scales, while analyzing the effects of global change on biodiversity. Studies include all levels of variation, from genes to organisms, landscapes and communities.

The group currently consists of a multidisciplinary team of 18 members, including CREAF researchers, UAB professors, postdoctoral and PhD students and specialized technicians. Our research is focused on the Mediterranean region, one of the most biodiverse regions on the world and,  at the same time, one of the most threatened by global change. In particular, our studies are structured in five main research areas:   

1) analysis of the biodiversity and environmental functions of the soil food webs, and their interaction with terrestrial ecosystems. 

2) study of the role of selection and local adaptation in the generation and maintenance of plant biodiversity. 

3) knowledge of biotic and abiotic factors regulating the composition and richness of species in communities, landscapes and regions. 

4) evaluation of the impact of global change on biological interactions and their effects on the diversity and functioning of Mediterranean ecosystems. 

5) analysis of spatio-temporal patterns of biological invasions, and the impact on native ecosystems and society. 


From an applied perspective, our research contributes to the development of conservation strategies and methodological tools helping to improve (i) the planning and management of biodiversity, (ii) the accuracy of current projection models of the impact of global change on biodiversity by incorporating the capacity of organisms to adapt to their changing environment. Some of the activities in this area in the last five years include:

1. Participation in the Singular Forest Inventory of Catalonia 

2. Development of the Catalan Natural Heritage Information System (SIPAN) and the Catalan Parks Information System (SIPARC).

3. Production of the Catalogue of Exotic Species of Catalonia  (EXOCAT). 

4. Realització del Mapa de Cobertes del Sòl de 1956 de la província de Barcelona.

5. Impact of wild boar expansion on alpine and sub-alpine habitats  (IMPACTBOAR).

6. Evaluation of forest restoration practices in areas affected by fires in Catalonia  (SILVIBCN). 

Cooperació nacional i internacional:


•    Dra. C. Bonfil (UNAM, Mèxic)

•    Dr. S.C. González-Martínez, Dra. D. Grivet (INIA-CIFOR, Madrid)

•    Dr. Arndt Hampe (INRA-Bordeaux, França)

•    Dra. Aveliina Helm (Univ. de Tartu, Estonia)

•    Mercurialis Genomics Network

•    Dr. J.H. Moore, Dra. D.H. Wall (University of Colorado, USA)

•    Dr. A. Muñoz (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

•    Dra. I. Olivieri (ISEM, Université Montpellier 2, França)

•    Dr. F.X. Picó, Dra. M. Vilà (EBD-CSIC, Sevilla)

•    Dr. Pedro Quintana-Ascencio (Univ. of Central Florida, USA)

•    Dra. C. Rojas (Universidad de Concepción, Xile)

•    Dra. V.L. Sork (UCLA, USA)

•    Dr. J.P. Sousa (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)

•    Dr. G.G. Vendramin (IBBR, CNR, Florència, Itàlia)

•    Dr. A.P. Vogler (Imperial College, Londres, UK)

•    Dr. Jacob Weiner (Univ. de Copenhagen, Dinamarca)

Main researcher