The Biodiversity Research Institute (IMIB) is a mixed center that includes researchers from the Spanish National Research Council, from the University of Oviedo and from the Principality of Asturias. At IMIB we investigate how environmental changes caused by human activity affect biodiversity, the ecological and evolutionary processes that are the basis of its origin and maintenance, and the processes and ecosystemical services essential for our existence and well-being. We use different approaches -evolutionary, biogeographic, functional, ecological, and socio-economic-, and take into consideration all levels of biological organization, from genetic diversity to ecosystem, spatial and temporal scales, from continental to local scale, and from geological to contemporary.

IMIB has obtained financing for:

  • Strategic projects TED2021-132519B-I00 and TED2021-131388B-I00 Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MCIN, Spain).
  • WindWildNET project (University of Oviedo) with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministerio de Transición Ecológica y Reto Demográfico (MITECO, Spain) Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), financed by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.
  • Two Research groups of organizations in the Principality of Asturias (2021-2023): AYUD/2021/51261 and IDI/2021/000075

Research highlights

Rauschkolb, R., Bucher, S. F., Hensen, I., Ahrends, A., Fernández-Pascual, E., Heubach, K., … & Römermann, C. (2024). Spatial variability in herbaceous plant phenology is mostly explained by variability in temperature but also by photoperiod and functional traits. International Journal of Biometeorology, 1-15.

DOI: 10.1007/s00484-024-02621-9

Bañuelos, M. J., Morán‐Luis, M., Mirol, P. & Quevedo, M. (2024). Tracking movements in an endangered capercaillie population using DNA tagging. Wildlife Biology, e01121.

DOI: 10.1002/wlb3.01121

Gort‐Esteve, A., Carbajal, A., López, M., Manteca, X., Ruiz‐Olmo, J., & Riera, J. L. (2024). Faecal cortisol levels in a wild Iberian red deer population are best explained by prior weather conditions. Journal of Zoology.

DOI: 10.1111/jzo.13149

Rossetto, F. & Laiolo, P. (2024). Potential social facilitation through song in bird communities. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 78(1): 10

DOI: 10.1007/s00265-023-03427-2

Azevedo, J. C., López‐Bao, J. V., Dias, R., Santos, J. P., Pinto, S., Pereira, J., & de Castro‐Pardo, M. (2024). Perceptions and attitudes of stakeholders on the return of brown bears (Ursus arctos): Contributions from a workshop held in northern Portugal. Conservation Science and Practice, e13064.

DOI: 10.1111/csp2.13064

Barroso, P. & Palencia, P. (2024). Camera traps reveal a high prevalence of sarcoptic mange in red foxes from northern Spain. Research in Veterinary Science, 166: 105098

DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2023.105098

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