The Mediterranean Basin is one of the principal points of biodiversity concentration on the planet. The loss of this biodiversity is one of the greatest environmental challenges which we have been obliged to face in the past few decades. Without biodiversity, it would be impossible to obtain the multitude of ecological goods and services which we need to live.
At CREAF we study the mechanisms which generate and maintain biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems. We analyze territorial patterns of biodiversity and the factors which threaten it. We work with species and communities of plants and animals, with studies carried out from the molecular to ecosystem scale.