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Alicante, Institut d'Ecologia Litoral



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Vicerrectorado de Investigacion-Santa Pola Municipality
University of Alicante
03080 Alicante   SPAIN
Tel : + 34 63 680 56 54
Fax : + 34 96 590 98 97
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Prof. Alfonso A. Ramos Espla

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring
Environmental Education:

Main sectors of research
taxonomy (ascidians, fishes, crustaceans), benthos ecology, benthos biogeography, marine conservation, fisheries (small scale, trawling), exotic species, marine protected areas

Current major projects
biodiversity (marine), marine reserves, benthic ecology

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 3 others : 2

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 75 teaching : 50
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 75 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
pneumatic boats without board engine :
4, 20m (25HP)

Other major research facilities and equipment
scuba diving equipment, remote sampling (grabs, dredges, Niskin bottles, planktonic nets), UW photography and TV

Ecosystem types available nearby
littoral rocks, seagrass beds, coralligenous, marl beds, fine sand, terrigenous sandy muds

Areas of taxonomic expertise
ascidians, fishes

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
student residence of the University of Alicante

Training courses
yes no
Sampling in marine benthic communities, field works in the Marine Reserve of Tabarca

Capacity and brief description of library
about 100 publications on marine biology, ecology, pollution, taxonomy, fisheries, aquaculture, coastal management

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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