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Cavanilles Research Inst. of Biodiversity & Evolutionary Biology
University of Valencia
Polígono de la Coma s/n
46980 Paterna (Valencia)   SPAIN
Tel : + 34 963 543 657
Fax : + 34 963 543 733
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Juan Antonio Raga

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring
other: conservation & protection

Main sectors of research
systematics & taxonomy, living resources (e.g. fisheries, aquaculture)

Current major projects
  • Parasite pathogens in new species of Mediterranean aquaculture: an experimental approach (starting date: 30.10.04; duration: 4 years).
  • Parasites as biological indicators of Mullus in Spanish waters (starting date: 01.01.04; duration: 3 years).
  • Evaluating the effect of an invasive species on local mullet communities in the Mediterranean: a parasite community approach (starting date: 01.01.04; duration: 3 years).
  • The Mediterranean Database of Cetacean Strandings (MEDACES) (starting date: 28.02.02; duration: 4 years).

    And some more...

  • Number of local permanent staff
    scientists : 6 others : 2

    Indoor surface area (m2) available for
    research : 300 teaching : 200
    others :

    Conference room
    no yes (number of seats : 30 )

    Research vessel(s)
    less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
    more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
    Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :

    Other major research facilities and equipment
    * Pilot Plant of Experimental Aquaria (see
    * Wet laboratory (necropsy room, sieves, etc.).
    * Full equipment laboratory (microscopes, binocular, etc.).
    * Large storage facilities for samples (-20ºC and -80ºC freezers and room for biological collection).

    Ecosystem types available nearby
    sandy coastal waters

    Areas of taxonomic expertise
    helminths, crustacea, cetacea, pinnipedia

    Specimen collections
    yes no
      Brief description :
        parasitological collections

    Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
    yes no
    student residences of the University of Valencia

    Training courses
    yes no
    advanced courses, summer schools

  • "European seminars on Marine Mammals: Biology & Conservation", Universidad Internacional Menedez Pelayo (see [since 1996].
  • "Conservación y gestión de la Biodiversidad Marina", Universitat d'Estiu de Gandia (University of Valencia Summer school).

  • Capacity and brief description of library
    more than 3000 books and papers on marine mammals, fishes and sea turtles and its parasites

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


    CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes