The research group Wetlands and Coastal Environments was created in 2008 (OCA Nro. 1138/08; FCEyN, UNMDP), with the aim of studying the structure and dynamics of the wetlands and coastal environments of the SE Buenos Aires province.

Currently, diverse studies are conducted in association with other research groups from the country and abroad. These studies include addressing the environmental quality of coastal lagoons, Pampas lakes, streams, artificial waterbodies and coastal environments; and studies on the biodiversity, bioacoustics, and ecology of estuaries, wetlands, marshes and intertidals; on the biogeochemical dynamics of nutrients; and on the modification of ecological processes due to global change related factors. Investigations include field samplings, lab analyses, and controlled experiments in the field and laboratory, and are funded through national institutions and international projects. Their results are communicated in meetings and congresses and published in scientific journals.

The experience and knowledge acquired in these research areas are transferred to the society through the active participation in socio­enviromental conflicts that arise in different territories linked to the wetlands and coastal environments.

• Effects of nutrient loading on the dynamics of wetlands and coastal environments, particularly, on their impacts on the primary production and phytoplankton assemblages.
• Invasive processes and their impact on the structure and dynamics of natural communities, with particular interest in the effects of invasive species on the interactions with other exotic and native species on a variety of natural settings.
• Effects of ocean acidification (both due to rising atmospheric CO2 of anthropogenic origin, and due to biological respiration and nutrient loads in coastal environments) on coastal marine organisms (growth, survival, behavior), their interactions (competition, predation) and on their outcome.
• Soundscape of aquatic environments and the effects of their components (biophonies, geophonies and anthropophonies) on the behavior and physiology of aquatic animals, mainly key species of crabs and ecosystem engineers. This involves the recording, identification and analysis of the acoustic signals emitted by the organisms and the physical environment.
• Assessment of the environmental quality of streams and Pampas lakes through biological and ecological indicators, mostly different ostracod species.
• Knowledge and active participation in socio­environmental conflicts that arise in different territories where the water if a key component of their structure and dynamics.

Director
De Marco Silvia
Researcher UNMDP
Professor
De Marco, S. G., Marcovecchio, J. E., Vallina, M., Barral, M. P., Bo, M. J., Camino, M., Cionchi, J. L., Lopez de Armentia, A., & Spetter, C. V. (2019). The influence of human activities on Pampean streams catchment: a biogeochemical approach. Environmental Earth Sciences, 79(1), 34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-019-8676-3
Marcovecchio, J. E., De Marco, S. G., Gavio, M. A., Narvarte, M., Fiori, S., Gerpe, M. S., Rodríguez, D. H., López Abbate, M. C., La Colla, N., Oliva, A. L., Zalba, S., Bazterrica, M. C., Guinder, V. A., Spetter, C. V., Fernández Severini, M. D., Arias, A. H., & 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). RC Press.
Researchers
Dra. Malizia Ana Inés
Researcher UNMDP
Professor
Fernandez, R. D., Ceballos, S. J., Aragón, R., Malizia, A., Montti, L., Whitworth-Hulse, J. I., Castro-Díez, P., & Grau, H. R. (2020). A Global Review of Ligustrum Lucidum (OLEACEAE) Invasion. The Botanical Review, 86(2), 93–118. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12229-020-09228-w
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. http://www.publish.csiro.au/zo/ZO12037
Dra. César Inés
Researcher CIC
Dr. Hidalgo Fernando José
Researcher CONICET
Sal Moyano, M. P., Ceraulo, M., Hidalgo, F. J., Luppi, T., Nuñez, J., Radford, C. A., Mazzola, S., Gavio, M. A., & Buscaino, G. (2021). Effect of biological and anthropogenic sound on the orientation behavior of four species of brachyuran crabs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 669, 107–120. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13739
Ceraulo, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Hidalgo, F. J., Bazterrica, M. C., Mazzola, S., Gavio, M. A., & Buscaino, G. (2021). Boat Noise and Black Drum Vocalizations in Mar Chiquita Coastal Lagoon (Argentina). Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(1), 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9010044
Ceraulo, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Bazterrica, M. C., Hidalgo, F. J., Papale, E., Grammauta, R., Gavio, M. A., Mazzola, S., & Buscaino, G. (2020). Spatial and temporal variability of the soundscape in a Southwestern Atlantic coastal lagoon. Hydrobiologia, 847(10), 2255–2277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-020-04252-8
Fricke, A., Kopprio, G., Alemany, D., Gastaldi, M., Narvarte, M., Parodi, E., Lara, R., Hidalgo, F., Martínez, A., Sar, E., Iribarne, O., & 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.
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. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-016-0777-0
Lomovasky, B. J., Gamero, P. A., Romero, L., Firstater, F. N., Salazar, A. G., Hidalgo, F., Tarazona, J., & 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.
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.
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.
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. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2013-0466
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.
Dra. Sal Moyano María Paz
Researcher CONICET
Teaching Assistant
Sal Moyano, M. P., Ceraulo, M., Hidalgo, F. J., Luppi, T., Nuñez, J., Radford, C. A., Mazzola, S., Gavio, M. A., & Buscaino, G. (2021). Effect of biological and anthropogenic sound on the orientation behavior of four species of brachyuran crabs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 669, 107–120. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13739
Ceraulo, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Hidalgo, F. J., Bazterrica, M. C., Mazzola, S., Gavio, M. A., & Buscaino, G. (2021). Boat Noise and Black Drum Vocalizations in Mar Chiquita Coastal Lagoon (Argentina). Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(1), 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9010044
Ceraulo, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Bazterrica, M. C., Hidalgo, F. J., Papale, E., Grammauta, R., Gavio, M. A., Mazzola, S., & Buscaino, G. (2020). Spatial and temporal variability of the soundscape in a Southwestern Atlantic coastal lagoon. Hydrobiologia, 847(10), 2255–2277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-020-04252-8
Sal Moyano, M. P., Ceraulo, M., Mazzola, S., Buscaino, G., & Gavio, M. A. (2019). Sound production mechanism in the semiterrestrial crab Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Varunidae). The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(5), 3466–3474. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5128473
Sal Moyano, M. P., Luppi, T., Medesani, D. A., McLay, C. L., & Rodríguez, E. M. (2017). Hard-shell mating in Neohelice granulata: the role of ecdysone in female receptivity and mate attraction. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 203(3), 233–243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00359-017-1159-7
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. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-016-2158-3
McLay, C. L., & Sal Moyano, M. P. (2016). Calcium levels in the vulvar opercula of grapsoid and ocypodoid crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 36(2), 220–228.
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.
Rumbold, C., Lancia, J., Vázquez, G., Albano, M., Farias, N., Sal Moyano, M. P., Spivak, E., & Obenat, S. (2015). Morphological and genetic confirmation of Jassa slatteryi (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in a harbour of Argentina. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8, e37.
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.
Sal Moyano, M. P., 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. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110113002438
Sal Moyano, M. P., Lagos-Tobias, A. M., Felder, D. L., & Mantelatto, F. L. (2014). Crecimiento relativo y dinámica reproductiva de una población de Microphrys bicornutus (Brachyura, Majoidea) de Bocas del Toro, Mar Caribe, Panamá. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía, 49(1), 81–90.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Lagos-Tobias, A. M., Felder, D. L., & Mantelatto, F. L. (2014). Relative growth and reproductive parameters in a population of Microphrys bicornutus (Brachyura, Majoidea) from Bocas del Toro, Caribbean Sea, Panama. Revista de Biologia Marina y Oceanografia, 49(1), 81–90. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fernando_Mantelatto/publication/262680323_Relative_growth_and_reproductive_parameters_in_a_population_of_Microphrys_bicornutus_(Brachyura_Majoidea)_from_Bocas_del_Toro_Caribbean_Sea_Panama/links/542be64f0cf27e39fa91bb3e.pdf
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. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110113001160
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. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002239
Schiariti, A., Sal Moyano, M. P., 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. http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0718-560X2012000400025&script=sci_arttext
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.
Dra. Bazterrica María Cielo
Researcher CONICET
Teaching Assistant
Ceraulo, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Hidalgo, F. J., Bazterrica, M. C., Mazzola, S., Gavio, M. A., & Buscaino, G. (2021). Boat Noise and Black Drum Vocalizations in Mar Chiquita Coastal Lagoon (Argentina). Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(1), 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9010044
Jaubet, M. L., Martinez, L. E., Bottero, M. A. S., & Bazterrica, M. C. (2021). Boccardiella ligerica, an exotic polychaete in a Southwestern Atlantic coastal lagoon: Morphology and abundance variations. Ecological Research, 36(1), 57–69. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1703.12171
Ceraulo, M., Sal Moyano, M. P., Bazterrica, M. C., Hidalgo, F. J., Papale, E., Grammauta, R., Gavio, M. A., Mazzola, S., & Buscaino, G. (2020). Spatial and temporal variability of the soundscape in a Southwestern Atlantic coastal lagoon. Hydrobiologia, 847(10), 2255–2277. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-020-04252-8
Bazterrica, M. C., Barón, P. J., Álvarez, G., & Obenat, S. M. (2020). Effects of Ficopomatus enigmaticus ecosystem-engineered habitat structure on population parameters of the amphipod Melita palmata: A NIS-NIS interaction study. Marine Ecology, 41(3), e12587. https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12587
Marcovecchio, J. E., De Marco, S. G., Gavio, M. A., Narvarte, M., Fiori, S., Gerpe, M. S., Rodríguez, D. H., López Abbate, M. C., La Colla, N., Oliva, A. L., Zalba, S., Bazterrica, M. C., Guinder, V. A., Spetter, C. V., Fernández Severini, M. D., Arias, A. H., & 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., 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.
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. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002209811300333X
Graduate Students
Lorusso Martín Ignacio
Doctoral Fellow – CONICET
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. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-016-2158-3