Grup de Recerca en Ecologia Aquàtica (EcoAqua)

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Presa de Santa Ana (CC Manuel Portero)
El canvi climàtic alterarà la distribució dels peixos de l’Ebre i afavorirà les espècies invasores
Investigadors del Grup de recerca en Ecologia aquàtica continental han modelat la distribució de 16 espècies de peixos a tota la conca de l’Ebre i la seva resposta futura al canvi climàtic
Global Change Biology
The role of connectivity in the interplay between climate change and the spread of alien fish in a large Mediterranean river
Understanding how global change and connectivity will jointly modify the distribution of riverine species is crucial for conservation biology and environmental management. However, little is known about the interaction between climate change and fragmentation and how movement barriers might impede native species from adjusting their distributions vs. limit the further spread of alien species.
A workflow for standardising and integrating alien species distribution data
Biodiversity data are being collected at unprecedented rates. Such data often have significant value for purposes beyond the initial reason for which they were collected, particularly when they are combined and collated with other data sources
Journal of Animal Ecology
Addressing trait selection patterns in temporary ponds in response to wildfire disturbance and seasonal succession
Mediterranean ecosystems are increasingly threatened by disturbances such as wildfires. These disturbances are expected to shift the selective pressures that determine trait‐dependent community assembly.
International Review of Hydrobiology
Captive breeding conditions decrease metabolic rates and alter morphological traits in the endangered Spanish toothcarp Aphanius iberus
Physiological features of species can determine the resilience and adaptation of organisms to the environment. Swimming capacity and metabolic traits are key factors for fish survival, mating and predator‐prey interactions.
Podarcis waglerianus
Organization of Squamata (Reptilia) assemblages in Mediterranean archipelagos
Mediterranean islands have complex reptile assemblages, but little is known about the factors that determine their organization. In this study, the structure of assemblages of Squamata was evaluated based on their species richness and two measures of phylogenetic diversity (variability and clustering).
Arsenic Biogeochemistry
Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Arsenic Biogeochemistry and Toxicity in Fluvial Ecosystems: A Review
This review is focused on the biogeochemistry of arsenic in freshwaters and, especially,
on the key role that benthic microalgae and prokaryotic communities from biofilms play together
in through speciation, distribution, and cycling.
Current Zoology
Effect of environmental enrichment on the body shape of the pumpkinseed
Effect of environmental enrichment on the body shape of the pumpkinseed
Noëlle Fabre, Anna Vila-Gispert, Cristina Galobart, Dolors Vinyoles
Current Zoology, zoaa012,
Current Zoology
Size-related effects and the influence of metabolic traits and morphology on swimming performance in fish
Energy metabolism fuels swimming and other biological processes. We compared the swimming performance and energy metabolism within and across eight freshwater fish species.
Reliability analysis of fish traits
Reliability analysis of fish traits reveals discrepancies among databases
Trait‐based approaches are commonly used in ecology to understand the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, environmental filtering or biotic responses to anthropogenic perturbations. However, little is known about the reliability of assigned traits and the consistency of trait information among different databases currently in use.
Investigadors de la UdG alerten que les espècies introduïdes han augmentat un 30 % en aigües continentals
Han actualitzat la llista d’espècies establertes al medi ambient, introduïdes de manera intencionada, il·legal o per accident. Han detectat 27 espècies noves però han observat un estancament o disminució en les taxes des del punt de vista global.
Alien animal introductions in Iberian inland waters
Alien animal introductions in Iberian inland waters: An update and analysis
Inland waters provide innumerable ecosystem services and for this reason are among the most negatively impacted ecosystems worldwide. This is also the case with invasive alien species, which have enormous economic and ecological impacts in freshwater ecosystems.
Amphibians of North Africa
Amphibians of North Africa
Amphibians of North Africa is a comprehensive compilation of available data on the amphibians and reptiles found in various ecosystems across North West Africa and parts of the Mediterranean region.
Resident (DNA) and active (RNA) microbial communities in fluvial biofilms
Responses of resident (DNA) and active (RNA) microbial communities in fluvial biofilms under different polluted scenarios
Pollution from human activities is a major threat to the ecological integrity of fluvial ecosystems. Microbial communities are the most abundant organisms in biofilms, and are key indicators of various pollutants.
Relationships of critical swimming speed Ucrit (a), maximal metabolic rate MMR (b) and absolute aerobic scope AAS (c) with fish mass for Spanish toothcarp, Aphanius iberus (N = 28) and mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki (N = 60).
Differences in swimming performance and energetic costs between an endangered native toothcarp (Aphanius iberus) and an invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)
Swimming performance is a key feature that mediates fitness and survival in many fish species. Using a swim tunnel respirometer, we compared prolonged swimming performance and energy use for two competing species: an endangered, endemic toothcarp (Aphanius iberus) and a worldwide invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki).
Fish and Fisheries
Effective monitoring of freshwater fish
Freshwater ecosystems constitute only a small fraction of the planet's water resources, yet support much of its diversity, with freshwater fish accounting for more species than birds, mammals, amphibians or reptiles. Fresh waters are, however, particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts, including habitat loss, climate and land use change, pollution and biological invasions.
Ebro River fish
Environmental filtering governs the spatial distribution of alien fishes in a large, human‐impacted Mediterranean river
To analyse the occurrence and abundance of native versus alien fish species in relation to climate, land use, hydrologic alteration and habitat fragmentation in a heavily invaded and human‐impacted riverine ecosystem. To test whether co‐occurrence patterns of native versus alien species are structured by environmental filtering or biotic associations.
Global Change Biology
Susceptibility of European freshwater fish to climate change: species profiling based on life-history and environmental characteristics
Climate change is expected to strongly affect freshwater fish communities. Combined with other anthropogenic drivers, the impacts may alter species spatio-temporal distributions, and contribute to population declines and local extinctions.
pond metacommunities
Dispersal mode and spatial extent influence distance-decay patterns in pond metacommunities
Assuming that dispersal modes or abilities can explain the different responses of organisms to geographic or environmental distances, the distance-decay relationship is a useful tool to evaluate the relative role of local environmental structuring versus regional control in community composition.
Bilayer Infiltration System
Bilayer Infiltration System Combines Benefits from Both Coarse and Fine Sands Promoting Nutrient Accumulation in Sediments and Increasing Removal Rates
Infiltration systems are treatment technologies based on water percolation through porous media where biogeochemical processes take place. Grain size distribution (GSD) acts as a driver of these processes and their rates and influences nutrient accumulation in sediments.
Hydrological alteration in the River Ebro
Environmental and spatial correlates of hydrologic alteration in a large Mediterranean river catchment
The natural flow regime is of central importance to the ecological integrity of rivers. Many rivers are heavily regulated and their flow regime has been severely affected by weirs and dams.
arsenic biofilm
New scientific article: Mutual interaction between arsenic and biofilm in a mining impacted river
Epilithic biofilms growing in a gold-mining impacted river accumulate high As concentrations. As inhibits algal growth and increases bacterial and dead diatom densities. Methylated As-species found intracellularly suggests As-detoxification by biofilms. Nutrients, DOC, temperature or light availability must be considered when analyzing effects of As in freshwater ecosystems.
New scientific article: A generic method to assess species exploratory potential under climate change
Climate change alters the spatio-temporal distributions of suitable habitats to which species have to adjust. The generic trait-based method to assess species exploratory potential under climate change is based on the Exploratory Potential Index (EPI).
New scientific article: Inter-population variability in growth and reproduction of invasive bleak Alburnus alburnus (Linnaeus, 1758) across the Iberian Peninsula
The common bleak is an invasive non-native fish that threatens endemic fish in the Iberian Peninsula. The wide inter-population variability in growth and reproduction among Iberian rivers contributes to the species’ successful establishment in novel habitats.
Baix Ter
Evolució, caracterització i gestió de la hidrologia del Baix Ter
S’acaba de publicar el 2n volum de la col·lecció Recerca i Territori a la plataforma Prismàtic.
young researchers in the field
Scientific article: Local and regional drivers of headwater streams metabolism: insights from the first AIL collaborative project
This study aims to analyse the geographical and temporal patterns in stream metabolism and identify the main drivers regulating the whole ecosystem metabolic rates at local and regional scales.
Silurus glanis
Scientific article: Ecology, behaviour and management of the European catfish
Commercial values and recreational interests threatens megafishes, while some species have become invasive exotic, such as the European catfish. This article reviews the most recent knowledge on its current distribution and ecology and identify key questions to stimulate new research on this and other freshwater invaders.
Abundance of invasive peacock bass increases with water residence time of reservoirs in southeastern Brazil
Neotropical freshwater ecosystems are experiencing a great expansion in the number of invasive species, which is especially alarming since this region harbours 30% of the world’s fish biodiversity with high levels of endemism. We aimed to evaluate the main predictors of peacock basses (Cichla spp.) abundance outside their native range, which are the Amazon and Tocantins-Araguaia river basins.
Nature Ecology and Evolution
Global hotspots and correlates of alien species richness across taxonomic groups
Human-mediated transport beyond biogeographic barriers has led to the introduction and establishment of alien species in new regions worldwide. However, we lack a global picture of established alien species richness for multiple taxonomic groups.
Rubio-Gracia STOTEN
Combined effects of hydrologic alteration and cyprinid fish in mediating biogeochemical processes in a Mediterranean stream
Flow regimes are important drivers of both stream community and biogeochemical processes. However, the interplay between community and biogeochemical responses under different flow regimes in streams is less understood.

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