About the University: The Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE) is a research center integrated into the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC),within the Department of Natural Resources. Our main mission is to contribute to the understanding of the functioning and structure of terrestrial systems and the organisms that live there. We also investigate the changes that occur in these systems as a consequence of Global Change, including climatic variability and human activities. Although we work primarily in mountain areas, the IPE researchers' efforts span other geographic contexts in Europe, Africa and the Americas. The IPE is the center of the oldest CSIC in Aragon and the only dedicated exclusively to research in ecology. It was founded in Jaca in 1942, as Station of Pyrenean Studies, and since then has had a multidisciplinary orientation. Since 1945 he has published one of the oldest journals of the CSIC: "Pirineos", dedicated to the study of mountains in general.
The Institute is organized through its two traditional Departments:
Department of Geo-environmental Processes and Global Change: It is included in the line of research of Earth Sciences of the Area of Natural Resources of the CSIC. Its main objective is the study of changes in geomorphological, hydrological and ecological systems as a consequence of changes induced by climate fluctuations and human activities, at different temporal and spatial scales and has two research groups with differentiated lines, But interrelated.
Environmental hydrology and interactions with climate and human activities -Coordinator of the group: Sergio M. Vicente Serrano Department of Conservation of Biodiversity and Restoration of Ecosystems: Included within the thematic area "Ecology and Conservation of Biodiversity" of the Natural Resources area of the CSIC. The general objective is to describe and interpret the processes responsible for the organization of current biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, and to apply such knowledge to curb the deterioration of natural systems and to promote their ecosystem functions, and is structured in two other research groups. Conservation of Natural Ecosystems. - Coordinator of the group Concepción L. Alados Restoration Ecological. - Coordinator of the group: Francisco A. Comín Sebastián.
Statistics: In the year 2015, IPE's activity has been maintained at a high level of funding, project leadership, national and Publication. Of the Institute was a little less than 100 people: Director: Blas L. Valero Garcés Researchers- 21 Postdocs- 6 Hired in training conducting their doctoral theses- 17 Contracted for projects- 19 In management and services personnel- 12 Research assistants- 18
The European network is a harmonized monitoring of snow for the benefit of climate change scenarios, hydrology and numerical weather prediction. EU-COST1404. (2015-2018) Principal Investigator: Ali Nadir Aslam / Juan Ignacio López Moreno: Spanish Management Committee.
Multi Multi-scale analysis of ecosystem services under land use scenarios for socio-ecological development in rural areas. State Plan R & D. (2015-2017) IP: Jiménez, JJ.
Forests, snow and water resources in the Pyrenees in the face of global change: intensive monitoring to improve environmental modeling. Iberdrola. (2015-2016) Principal investigator: Gazol, A.
How do plants live on plaster floors? Adaptive mechanisms of vascular plants for life in the plaster. (GIPSOFILIA). CGL2015-71360-P. (2016-2018). Principal Investigator: Palacio, S.
Conservation and sustainable use of dry tropical forests in Ecuador: promoting a network of dendrochronological courses and laboratories in South America (Ref. COOPPB20113). I-COOP + 2014. (2015-2016) Principal Investigator: JJ Camarero
Demonstration and validation of an innovative methodology for regional climate change adaptation in the Mediterranean area . MEDACC. LIFE + LIFE12ENV / ES / 536. (2013-2018). Principal investigator: Vicente Serrano, SM
Development of sectoral drought indexes: improved monitoring and early warning of droughts in Spain. DESEMON.Plan Nacional. (CGL2014-52135-C3-1-R) (2015-2018). Coordinator: Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano.
Development of a water resources management platform during the dry season in SUDOE (AGUAMOD). Principal Investigator: Jose M. Sánchez-Pérez / Enrique Navarro. Interreg-SUDOE (SOE1 / P5 / F0026).
Design of specific solid substrates containing Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) and their use for the study and prevention of biofilms formation (TANGO). International Programs for Scientific Cooperation of the CSIC and CNRS (France). 2015-2016. Coordination: Caroline Bonafos (CNRS France) and Enrique Navarro (CSIC Spain).