Alicante, Marine Biology Research Laboratory


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C/ Santa Teresa, 50, CP
El Campello
03560 Alicante   SPAIN
Tel : + 34 965 657 690
Fax : + 34 965 941 922
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Juan Eduardo Guillén Nieto

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

Main sectors of research
benthos, plankton, marine water quality, littoral ecosystems, environmental education, marine protected areas monitoring, environmental assessment, artificial reefs, artisanal fisheries

Current major projects
* Monitoring of marine protected areas with TV underwater devices
* Quality standard for coastal waters
* Taxonomic assessment about phytoplankton species for the Instituto español de oceanografía
* Marine farms monitoring
* Caulerpa taxifolia vigilance on the Valencian coast
* Coastal terrestrial ecosystems
* Environmental education

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 12 others : 6

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 220 teaching :
others : 100

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 25 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 2
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
8m long cabinated fiber glass boat (200 HP engine), with GPSd, submarine TV camera, and equipment for sampling water and sediments; 4 m long pneumatic boat (25HP engine) for diving prospections and coastal sampling

Other major research facilities and equipment
analytical laboratory to determine nutrients and chlorophyll levels; optical equipment (stereoscopes, microscope, inverted microscope); computer Intranet; diving equipment, and other field sampling devices

Ecosystem types available nearby
Mediterranean intermittent rivers, dunes, wetlands, Posidonia oceanica, coraligenous substrates

Areas of taxonomic expertise
phytoplankton, algae, zooplankton, crustacea (copepoda, decapoda), fishes

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    algae, photographic database of phytoplankton, crustacea and molluscs

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no
Sometimes courses for Secondary Education Professors offered. Presently, we are preparing a Good Safe Practices Program for Marine Farms workers.

Capacity and brief description of library
More than 1.000 books and documents, about biological and ecological issues, mainly focused on the Mediterranean Sea.

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


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes