The central topic of the 2014 edition is “What Ecology can learn from natural and human-induced disturbances – A cross-system view”. A total of 24 lectures will be given. Each lecture will extend over 1 hour and will typically be imparted by two senior scientists.


The Colloquia will be organized as follows:

A) Masterly lessons of one hour during mornings (25 hours).

B) Practical activities in the afternoon (12 hours); the student will be able to choose between computer courses on R and Matlab, with specific applications.

R-Course : Frederic Bartumeus; Núria Teixidó i Joan Lluís Riera.

Matlab-Course : Sergio Vallina i Marc Gasser.

C) Open discussions on cross-system ecology topics (8 hours) .

D) Posters discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring along a 3’ presentation together with a poster describing their research. One full afternoon will be dedicated to discuss the students’ research.

E) Other activities. There will also be other activities, such as cultural activities within the city and a guided excursion to Natural Park of Medes Islands, in Costa Brava, including a boat trip and a diving or snorkelling activity or nautical activities at Mataró Harbor.


The program is as follows:

First day:

Welcome of Albert Palanques, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences. Welcome talk of Miquel Alcaraz about Ramon Margalef: “Ramon Margalef and the capacity of wonder“.

1. Disturbances and evolution. How do ecosystems self-organise over evolutionary time scales?

2. Changing environmental pressures: adaptive responses versus evolutionary constraints?

3. Thresholds and tipping points. Adding pressures on Ecosystems and forcing inevitable ecosystem’s state change.

4. Looking at paleo-data. What can we learn from past disturbance records?

5.Mitigation, Restoration and adaptive actions. Are they sufficient and adequate?

6. Looking at Biosphere and Ecosystems’ complexity. How adaptive to disturbances are complex systems?

7. Disturbance as an opportunity window. How good or bad are disturbances for native versus alien species?

8. Stochastic vs. rhythmic disturbances. How do ecosystems cope with expected and unexpected disturbances?

Program_II_Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia Update 1/08/2014

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