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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 received two of the grants for research groups of organizations in the Principality of Asturias during the period 2021-2023:
IDI/2021/000075
y AYUD/2021/51261

Research highlights

Gutiérrez-Pesquera, L. M., Tejedo, M., Camacho, A., Enriquez- Urzelai, U., Katzenberger, M., Choda, M., Pintanel, P. & Nicieza, A. G. (2022). Phenology and plasticity can prevent adaptive clines in thermal tolerance across temperate mountains: The importance of the elevation-time axis. Ecology and Evolution, 12:e9349.

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.9349

Pacheco, C., Lobo, D., Silva, P., Álvares, F., García, E. J., Castro, D., Layna, J. F., López-Bao, J. V. & Godinho, R. (2022). Assessing the performance of historical skins and bones for museomics using wolf specimens as a case study. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 856.

DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2022.970249

Schwensow, N. I., Heni, A. C., Schmid, J., Montero, B. K., Brändel, S. D., Halczok, T. K. … & Sommer, S. Disentangling direct from indirect effects of habitat disturbance on multiple components of biodiversity. Journal of Animal Ecology.

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13802

González-Bernardo, E. 1, Delgado, M. M., Matos, D. G. G., Zarzo-Arias, A., Morales-González, A., Ruiz-Villar, H., … & Penteriani, V. (2022). The influence of road networks on brown bear spatial distribution and habitat suitability in a human-modified landscape. Journal of Zoology.

DOI: 10.1111/jzo.13023

Mondoni, A., Jiménez-Alfaro, B. & Cavieres, L. A. (2022). Effect of climate change on plant regeneration from seeds in the arctic and alpine biome. In Plant Regeneration from Seeds (pp. 3-18). Academic Press.

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-823731-1.00007-X

Rumeu, B., González-Varo, J. P., de Castro, C., López-Orta, A., Illera, J. C., Miñarro, M. & García, D. (2022). Increasing efficiency and reducing bias in the sampling of seed–dispersal interactions based on mist-netted birds. Oikos e09261.

DOI: 10.1111/oik.09261

Schwensow, N. I., Heni, A. C., Schmid, J., Montero, B. K., Brändel, S. D., Halczok, T. K., … & Sommer, S. Disentangling direct from indirect effects of habitat disturbance on multiple components of biodiversity. Journal of Animal Ecology.

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13802

Recent news

New season of «Autumn Talk», from October 3 to Novembre 22, 2022.

«Autumn talk» lectures at 7:00 pm at the Press Club of La Nueva España, Oviedo. This year with the participation of our colleague Javier Pérez Barbería on November 22.

«The wolf never lived in more than half of Spain in the 19th and 20th centuries.» CSIC Comunicación, August 4, 2022.

«A collaborative study between the CSIC and the University of Oviedo quantifies for the first time the distribution of the wolf in Spanish municipalities over the last 200 years»José Vicente López-Bao in Actualidad CSIC, in relation to his recent publication in Biological Conservation. Link to the news in CSIC Comunicación (only in Spanish)