The research group Wetlands and Coastal Environments was created in 2008 (OCA # 1138/08) in the Department of Biology (Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata) with the aim of studying the structure and dynamics of wetlands and coastal environments of the SouthEastern Buenos Aires province, in order to provide information oriented to the conservation and sustainable use of these particular ecosystems. First investigations of the group were directed to the comprehensive characterization of wetlands through evaluations of their physical (temperature, pH, conductivity, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity) and eco-physiological parameters (N, P, Si, chlorophyll a, phaeopigments), the dynamics of the phyto and zooplankton, and reproductive aspects of ecological and economically important crab species that characterize these systems.
Currently, the group tackles the general objective by including evaluations of the environmental quality of these systems and research on the effects of human activities (agriculture, cattle breeding, land use) on the dynamics of populations and communities that shape them, taking into account the (1) interactions among biotic and abiotic components, and (2) the effects of anthropogenic stressors such as acoustic contamination, nutrient load from terrestrial ecosystems, biological invasions and climate-change related factors such as ocean acidification.

The research lines being currently carried out include:
(1) Measuring trophic condition and environmental quality of wetlands through monitoring physical, chemical, biological and ecophysiological parameters.
(2) Use of indicator systems for the evaluation of the environmental quality of wetlands.
(3) Heavy metals distribution in wetlands and coastal habitats and their effects on the reproduction of brachyuran crabs.
(4) Toxicity assay in key crustacean species from the studied ecosystems.
(5) Reproductive biology, ecology and mating system of crustaceans, considering morphological, physiological and behavioral aspects at the individual and population levels.
(6) Effects of habitat structural changes induced by invasive species on the reproductive biology and ecology of representative intertidal crustaceans.
(7) Acoustic signals emitted by crabs during reproduction and territorial behavior and their masking effects due to anthropogenic sound.
(8) Consequences of different stressors (ocean acidification, invasive species, anthropogenic sound) on populations, biological interactions and functioning of coastal systems.

Director
Dra. Silvia de Marco
Marcovecchio, J. E., De Marco, S. G., Gavio, M. A., Narvarte, M., Fiori, S., Gerpe, M. S., … Botté, S. E. (2019). Chapter 33 - The Northern Argentine Sea. In C. Sheppard (Ed.), World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition) (pp. 759–781). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805068-2.00039-5
Pan, J., Marcoval, M. A., Bazzini, S. M., Vallina, M. V., & De Marco, S. G. (2013). Coastal marine biodiversity challenges and threats. In A. H. Arias & M. C. Menendez (Eds.), Marine Ecology in a Changing World (pp. 43–67). Fl, USA: RC Press.
Researchers    
 
Dra. María Andrea Gavio
 
 
 
Marcovecchio, J. E., De Marco, S. G., Gavio, M. A., Narvarte, M., Fiori, S., Gerpe, M. S., … Botté, S. E. (2019). Chapter 33 - The Northern Argentine Sea. In C. Sheppard (Ed.), World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition) (pp. 759–781). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805068-2.00039-5
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M. A., & Luppi, T. (2016). Different sperm allocation strategies in two populations of the semiterrestrial crab Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Varunidae). Marine Ecology, 37(4), 737–749.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M., & Luppi, T. (2012). Mating system of the burrowing crab Neohelice granulata (Brachyura: Varunidae) in two contrasting environments: effect of burrow architecture. Marine Biology, 159(7), 1403–1416.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Luppi, T., Gavio, M. A., Vallina, M., & McLay, C. (2012). Receptivity of female Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Varunidae): different strategies to maximize their reproductive success in contrasting habitats. Helgoland Marine Research, 66(4), 661.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M. A., McLay, C. L., & Luppi, T. (2015). Variation in the post-copulatory guarding behavior of Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Varunidae) in two different habitats. Marine Ecology, 36(4), 1185–1194.
Buscaino, G., Gavio, A., Galvan, D., Filiciotto, F., Maccarrone, V., de Vincenzi, G., … Orensanz, J. M. (2015). Acoustic signals and behaviour of Ovalipes trimaculatus in the context of reproduction. Aquatic Biology, 24(1), 61–73. Retrieved from http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/ab/v24/n1/p61-73/
Vallina, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Cuartas, E. I., & Gavio, M. A. (2014). Reproductive system and size maturity of the paddle crab Ovalipes trimaculatus (Brachyura: Portunidae) along the Argentine coast. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 34(3), 357–366. Retrieved from http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002239
Sal Moyano, M. P., Silva, P., Luppi, T., & Gavio, M. A. (2014). Female mate choice by chemical signals in a semi-terrestrial crab. Journal of Sea Research, 85, 300–307. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110113001160
Moyano, M. P. S., Gavio, M. A., McLay, C. L., & Luppi, T. (2014). Habitat-related differences in the pre-copulatory guarding and copulation behavior of Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Varunidae). Journal of Sea Research, 87, 8–16. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110113002438
Sal Moyano, M. P., Lorusso, M., Nuñez, J., Ribeiro, P., Gavio, M. A., & Luppi, T. (2016). Male size-dependent dominance for burrow holding in the semiterrestrial crab Neohelice granulata: multiple tactics used by intermediate-sized males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70(9), 1497–1505. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-016-2158-3
Rumbold, C. E., Barlett, T. R., Gavio, M. A., & Obenat, S. M. (2016). Population dynamics of two invasive amphipods in the Southwestern Atlantic: Monocorophium acherusicum and Ericthonius punctatus (Crustacea). Marine Biology Research, 12(3), 268–277. Retrieved from http://imarest.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17451000.2016.1142091
Dra. Ana Malizia
 
 
Baladrón, A. V., Bó, M. S., Bechard, M. J., & Malizia, A. I. (2017). Relative abundance, habitat use, and seasonal variability of raptor assemblages in the flooding pampas of argentina. Journal of Raptor Research, 51(1), 38–49. https://doi.org/10.3356/JRR-15-56.1
Baladrón, A. V., Malizia, A. I., Bó, M. S., Liébana, M. S., & Bechard, M. J. (2013). Population dynamics of the southern short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis dimidiata) in the Pampas of Argentina. Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(4), 238–245. Retrieved from http://www.publish.csiro.au/zo/ZO12037
 
Dra. María Paz Sal Moyano
 
 
Schiariti, A., Moyano, S., Paz, M., Giberto, D. A., & Mianzan, H. W. (2012). Primer registro de la asociación entre Lychnorhiza lucerna (Scyphozoa, Rhizostomeae) y Cyrtograpsus affinis (Decapoda, Varunidae). Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 40(4), 1090–1093. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0718-560X2012000400025&script=sci_arttext
 
Dra. María Cielo Bazterrica
 
 
 
Marcovecchio, J. E., De Marco, S. G., Gavio, M. A., Narvarte, M., Fiori, S., Gerpe, M. S., … Botté, S. E. (2019). Chapter 33 - The Northern Argentine Sea. In C. Sheppard (Ed.), World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition) (pp. 759–781). Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-805068-2.00039-5
Bazterrica, M. C., Alvarez, M. F., Bruschetti, C. M., Hidalgo, F. J., Fanjul, M. E., Iribarne, O., & Botto, F. (2013). Factors controlling macroalgae assemblages in a Southwest Atlantic coastal lagoon modified by an invading reef forming polychaete. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 443, 169–177.
Alvarez, M. F., Montemayor, D. I., Bazterrica, M. C., Addino, M., Fanjul, M. E., Iribarne, O., & Botto, F. (2013). Interaction strength varies in relation to tidal gradient and spatial heterogeneity in an intertidal Southwest Atlantic estuarine food web. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 449, 154–164. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002209811300333X
Bazterrica, M. C., Bruschetti, C. M., Alvarez, M. F., Iribarne, O., & Botto, F. (2014). Effects of macroalgae on the recruitment, growth, and body condition of an invasive reef forming polychaete in a south-western Atlantic coastal lagoon. Journal of Sea Research, 88, 121–129.
 
Dr. Fernado José Hidalgo
 
 
 
Bazterrica, M. C., Alvarez, M. F., Bruschetti, C. M., Hidalgo, F. J., Fanjul, M. E., Iribarne, O., & Botto, F. (2013). Factors controlling macroalgae assemblages in a Southwest Atlantic coastal lagoon modified by an invading reef forming polychaete. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 443, 169–177.
Fricke, A., Kopprio, G., Alemany, D., Gastaldi, M., Narvarte, M., Parodi, E., … Martinetto, P. (2016). Changes in coastal benthic algae succession trajectories and assemblages under contrasting nutrient and grazer loads. Estuaries and Coasts, 39(2), 462–477.
Hidalgo, F. J., Firstater, F. N., Lomovasky, B. J., & Iribarne, O. O. (2013). Grazing effects of the sea urchin Tetrapygus niger and the snail Tegula atra on a rocky shore of central Peru. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 93(8), 2059–2066.
Lomovasky, B. J., Gamero, P. A., Romero, L., Firstater, F. N., Salazar, A. G., Hidalgo, F., … Iribarne, O. O. (2015). The role of Argopecten purpuratus shells structuring the soft bottom community in shallow waters of southern Peru. Journal of Sea Research, 106, 14–26.
Firstater, F., Hidalgo, F., Lomovasky, B., & Iribarne, O. (2012). Grazing and nutrient effects on a high rocky intertidal of the Peruvian central coast. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 422, 9–13.
Liberoff, A. L., Miller, J. A., Riva-Rossi, C. M., Hidalgo, F. J., Fogel, M. L., & Pascual, M. A. (2013). Transgenerational effects of anadromy on juvenile growth traits in an introduced population of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 71(3), 398–407. Retrieved from http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2013-0466
Canepuccia, A. D., Hidalgo, F., Farina, J. L., Cuezzo, F., & Iribarne, O. O. (2016). Environmental harshness decreases ant β-diversity between salt marsh and neighboring upland environments. Wetlands, 36(4), 667–680. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-016-0777-0
 
Dr. Sergio Bazzini
 
 
Pan, J., Marcoval, M. A., Bazzini, S. M., Vallina, M. V., & De Marco, S. G. (2013). Coastal marine biodiversity challenges and threats. In A. H. Arias & M. C. Menendez (Eds.), Marine Ecology in a Changing World (pp. 43–67). Fl, USA: RC Press.
 
Lic. Micaela Vallina
 
 
 
Pan, J., Marcoval, M. A., Bazzini, S. M., Vallina, M. V., & De Marco, S. G. (2013). Coastal marine biodiversity challenges and threats. In A. H. Arias & M. C. Menendez (Eds.), Marine Ecology in a Changing World (pp. 43–67). Fl, USA: RC Press.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Luppi, T., Gavio, M. A., Vallina, M., & McLay, C. (2012). Receptivity of female Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Varunidae): different strategies to maximize their reproductive success in contrasting habitats. Helgoland Marine Research, 66(4), 661.
Vallina, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Cuartas, E. I., & Gavio, M. A. (2014). Reproductive system and size maturity of the paddle crab Ovalipes trimaculatus (Brachyura: Portunidae) along the Argentine coast. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 34(3), 357–366. Retrieved from http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002239