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The Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) aims to become the country’s centre of reference for the study and management of biodiversity. The main activities are the assessment and cataloguing of living forms, the better understanding of the ecosystem processes and the origin, evolution and function of species and their classification, as well as the proper management and conservation of wildlife. The Institute also provides scientific advice on management to public administrations, private entities and environmental organizations and develop technical studies related to biodiversity.

The Institute is composed of more than 70 specialists in different research areas, from microbes to vascular plants and mammals, including man. Their work is carried out on all main terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. The research perspectives are equally broad, from genomes to ecosystems and use morphological, molecular, biogeographical, quantitative and bioinformatics approaches.
The Mediterranean region, which supports an exceptional biological richness subject to strong human pressure, is one of the main focuses of attention. Other important regions are Central and South America, which host some of the most biodiverse places on earth and where IRBio researchers have a long tradition of carrying out studies and academic work. Furthermore, a number of projects also focus on other geographic regions, including Northern Africa, Southwest Asia and Antarctica.

Numbers of the Institute

Our team

Board of direction
PDI permanent PDI temporal
F. Xavier Sans Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou
Miquel Arnedo Jesus Lozano
Cristian Cañestro
Creu Palacin Investigador postdoc
Cristina Linares David Peris
Marta Riutort
Alberto Maceda Investigador Predoc
Marta Pascual Carles Galià
Julio Rozas
Santi Mañosa Tècnic PAS
Joan Vallès Alba Enguídanos García
Núria Bonada
Jofre Carnicer 
Joan Real

Permanent commission

The management and executive committee of the Institute maintains its composition.

Director: Dr. Miquel Arnedo
Dr. Francesc Xavier Sans Serra
Cristina Linares
Dra. Marta Riutort
Dr. Alberto Maceda
Dra.Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou
Dr. David Peris

Research manager: Elisenda Pastó

Other commissions:
Strategic Plan Commission:
Dr. Miquel Arnedo Lombarte
Dr. Xavier Delclos Martinez
Dr. Jacob González-Soli Bou
Dra. Cristina Linares Prats
Dra. Marta Pascual Berniola
Dr. Julio Antonio Rozas Liras
Dr. F. Xavier Sans Serra
Dr. Jordi Serra Cobo
Elisenda Pastó

Comission IRBiogenoma:
Dr. Miquel A. Arnedo (marnedo@ub.edu)
Dr. Jose Manuel Blanco
Dr. Cristian Cañestro (canestro@ub.edu)
Dr. Jofre Carnicer
Dr. Bernat Hereu
Dr. Cristina Linares
Dr. Alberto Maceda
Dra.Marta Pascual
Dr. Aaron Pérez
Dra.Marta Riutort
Dr. Julio Rozas
Dr. Joan Vallès

Commission Social Networks:
Dra. Cristina Linares Prats
Dr. Alberto Maceda
Dr. Cristian Cañestro
PhD student: Paula de Castro
Elisenda Pastó

Collaborations in Citizen Science:
Dra. Marta Goula
Dr. Antonio Gómez See more