• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tropical Biology - TROPBIO
 

Group Description

 

 

 

TROPBIO is a very recent research group in CIBIO-InBIO, established in 2013, whose research is focused in the field of tropical biology. Specifically, TROPBIO aims to address 3 scientific areas:

 


TROPICAL BIODIVERSITY, GENETICS AND EVOLUTION

The tropics exhibit the highest level of biodiversity at the global scale and are unique natural laboratories for understanding the causes underlying the current patterns of genetic diversity and speciation. This line includes the use of models of fauna and flora to investigate the underlying mechanisms of genetic variation and speciation and the use of molecular tools for species management and conservation purposes. Other goal is to document biodiversity patterns and filling knowledge gaps in tropical countries, throughout the: study of biological collections; assessment of biodiversity in poorly-surveyed regions; identification of new species by combining morphological and molecular approaches; mapping and modeling distribution patterns of biodiversity; and compiling data on biodiversity and making it available on international platforms.

 

 

CONSERVATION AND ECOSYSTEM SUSTAINABILITY

Tropical countries are facing an increase in anthropogenic pressures, driven by population growth and changes in consumption patterns. These drivers impose strong negative impacts on biodiversity and in the capacity of ecosystems to provide essential services. This area aims to:

  1. develop baseline information and methodologies for systematic conservation planning of nature networks;
  2. study threatened species and develop methodologies for their monitoring and conservation;
  3. identify critical ecosystem services and the factors affecting its sustainability;
  4. identify and portray traditional use and potential for commercial use of wild species;
  5. evaluate exploitable natural resources and develop models that foster its sustainable use.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATION

Increasing in funding of industrial, agricultural, and energy projects in developing tropical countries makes impact assessments and formulation of mitigation measures increasingly important either because of pledges for sustainability of sponsoring companies, or because the environmental requirements imposed by donors under international commitments. This area aims to:

  1. promote the compilation and delivery of biological information required for environmental impact assessments;
  2. assess the impacts and to monitoring biodiversity;
  3. formulate mitigation and compensation measures;
  4. assess the commitments of the net loss or net gain in terms of impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and their services.