The identification of productive ecosystems and the understanding of their ecological processes contribute to the knowledge of the ecosystem functioning in our maritime boundaries, and provide a thorough scientific basis for the management and long-term conservation of fishery resources.
Conservation of Biodiversity
High productivity and the concentration of marine life in interface ecosystems make their communities particularly vulnerable to exploitation, and to the accumulation of wastes and pollution which could affect biodiversity. Our research generates scientific and technical contributions for the assessment and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity. On the other hand, the identification of relatively predictable oceanographic processes at different scales of time and space, and at the same time relevant to key components of marine biodiversity will contribute to understand the vulnerability of areas contributing to the zoning of the marine environment.
Management and conservation of coastal environments
Coastal systems are extremely affected around the world due to increasing urbanization or the use of their watersheds with serious conflicts and concerns among different uses (e.g. fishing vs. tourism). The main consequences are an increase in anthropogenic pollution (mainly nutrients) and the alteration and/or elimination of environments. In our country, the basic and specific information required for the management of these environments is still in its early stages.
Training of Human Resources
Our institution provides a platform for training of undergraduate and graduate students leading to Doctoral degrees. We also offer graduate courses in our areas of expertise. These courses are part of the coursework used to obtain the Doctoral degrees at our University.