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

Vicedo, T., Meloro, C., Penteriani, V., García, J., Lamillar, M.A., Marsella, E., Gómez, P., Cruz, A., Cano, B., Varas, M.J., Álvares, E. & Dalerum, F. (2023). Temporal activity patterns of bears, wolves and humans in the Cantabrian Mountains, northern Spain. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 69: 100.

Ruiz-Villar, H., López-Bao, J.V. & Palomares, F. (2023). Insights into the breeding ecology of wild-living European wildcats in the Cantabrian Mountains, Spain. Mammal Research.

DOI: 10.1007/s13364-023-00708-z

Schleuning, M., García, D. & Tobias, J. A. (2023). Animal functional traits: Towards a trait‐based ecology for whole ecosystems. Functional Ecology, 37(1): 4-12.

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.14246

Peña, R., Schleuning, M., Dalerum, F., Donoso, I., Rodríguez-Pérez, J. & García, D. (2023). Abundance and trait-matching both shape interaction frequencies between plants and birds in seed-dispersal networks. Basic and Applied Ecology, 66: 11-21.

DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2022.11.008

Bosch, J., Martínez-Silvestre, A. & Thumsová, B. (2023). Vigilancia epidemiológica y seguimiento poblacional de los anfibios ibéricos. Minube Monographs, Nature Series, 5.

DOI: 10.21630/mmns.2023.5.02

Rosbakh, S., Carta, A., Fernández‐Pascual, E., Phartyal, S. S., Dayrell, R. L., Mattana, E., … & Baskin, C. (2023). Global seed dormancy patterns are driven by macroclimate but not fire regime. New Phytologist.

DOI: 10.1111/nph.19173

Sánchez-García, C., Santín, C., Neris, J., Sigmund, G., Otero, X. L., Manley, J., … & Doerr, S. H. (2023). Chemical characteristics of wildfire ash across the globe and their environmental and socio-economic implications. Environment International, 178: 108065.

DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2023.108065

Recent news

«Incendios Forestales». Knowledge transfer report. Editorial CSIC. June 2023.

Knowledge transfer report. Author: Presidency of the CSIC. Coordinators: Cristina Santín, Javier Madrigal, Xim Cerdà, Juli Pausas. Link to the document in Digital CSIC (only in Spanish)

«Bees that boost weight and yield of kiwis». El Comercio 15/06/2023

Available at this link (Spanish). «Adequate pollination can increase fruit weight, yield and economic value by up to 40%, according to SERIDA and IMIB researchers.»