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

Måsviken, J., Dalén, L., Norén, K. and Dalerum, F. 2023. The relative importance of abiotic and biotic environmental conditions for taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional diversity of spiders across spatial scales. Oecologia Online early

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-023-05383-0

Lázaro-Lobo, A., de Agar, P. M., & de Pablo, C. T. (2023). Spatial configuration of patches with different ecological maturity: Implications for service supply at the landscape level. Journal of Environmental Management, 342, 118094.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2023.118094

Llaneza, L., Sazatornil, V., García, E. J., Palacios, V., & López‐Bao, J. V. (2023). Minimum average pack size in Iberian wolves. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 69(3), 58.

DOI: 10.1007/s10344-023-01695-x

Prüter, H., Gillingham, M. A. F., Krietsch, J., Kuhn, S., & Kempenaers, B. (2023). Sexual transmission may drive pair similarity of the cloacal microbiome in a polyandrous species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 00, 1– 19.

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13961

Videvall, E., Burraco, P. & Orizaola, G. (2023). Impact of ionizing radiation on the environmental microbiomes of Chornobyl wetlands. Environmental Pollution, 121774.

DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2023.121774

Pérez-Barbería, F. J. & Gordon, I. J. (2023). Assessing social perceptions of rewilding approaches in Spain using traditional domestic livestock. Journal of Wildlife Management, E22425

DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.22425

Martínez-Silvestre, A., Loras-Ortí, F., Garcia-Salmeron, A., Pujol-Buxó, E., Pérez-Novo, I., Maluquer-Margalef, J., Poch, S., Thumsová, B., & Bosch, J. (2023). Introduced Mediterranean painted frogs (Discoglossus pictus) are possible supershedders of the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Catalonia (NE Spain), Amphibia-Reptilia, 44(2): 257-261.  

DOI: 10.1163/15685381-bja10133

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