Structure and Management
The Biodiversity Research Unit (UMIB) is a public research institute that joins researchers of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC: INCAR-CSIC and MNCN-CSIC) and of the University of Oviedo (Dept. Organisms and Systems Biology). Its regulatory policies are established by the agreements between CSIC, Oviedo University and the government of the Principality of Asturias, and published in: BOPA nº128 June 2012, BOPA nº41 February 2016.
We study biodiversity from genes to ecosystems, analysing its spatial and temporal variation, its functions, its conservation and threats. Our research focuses on:
- Local adaptations and variation of functional genes associated with thermoregulation, reproductive phenology and pathogen resistance, in relation to both short and long-term changes in environmental conditions.
- Life-history traits and eco-physiology of mountain organisms. Flexibility of behavioural responses to environmental and social conditions.
- Genotypic and quantitative genetic trait divergence of isolated populations on mountaintops and islands.
- Ecology and conservation of threatened species. Population dynamics and connectivity of sparse populations.
- Biotic interactions along elevational and latitudinal gradients.
- Vegetation dynamics and ecosystem services derived from plant-animal interactions in a global change scenario.