The MedRecover group has an active network of collaborations which provide the interdisciplinarity needed to address central questions in the conservation of coastal ecosystems. In particular, this network provides insights into hydrology, sclerochronology, genetics, microbiology, population modelling and radio-tracking techniques.

Jean-Claude Romano, Université de la Corse (France). Dr. Romano gives us insight into his experience of managing and analysing environmental high resolution data series such as temperature surveys obtained in different areas of the Mediterranean (Catalonia, Provence, Corsica and the Balearic Islands). These surveys will provide essential data for studying the impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems.

Marc Bally, Centre d’Oceanologie de Marseille (France). Dr. Bally is a specialist in environmental microbiology. Through his collaboration, we are studying the role of bacteria in triggering gorgonian diseases linked to mass mortality events that have occurred in the past few years along the Mediterranean coast.

Daniel Vieulzeuf, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanosciences de Marseille CNRS (France) and Paolo Montagna, Istituto Centrale per la Ricerca scientifica e Tecnològica Applicata al Mare, ICRAM (Rome, Italy). The aim of this collaboration is to determine the potential of red coral (Corallium ruburm) and Cladocora caespitosa coral as proxies for assessing past changes in environmental trends. The expected results will help us to understand the impact of present climate change on key species in rocky ecosystems.

Institut Geographique Nationale (France) and Starlab company. With this collaboration, we are developing software for  semi-automatic  segmentation of  seabed images. The establishment of efficient image analysis  will greatly facilitate image  processing and data management, providing key information to charcterize population and community dynamics and specially to evaluate disturbance impacts. For more information on the topic please visit:

Rick Starr, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (San José University, USA). Dr. Starr is a specialist in telemetry techniques to study movement marine species. Through this collaboration we are studying movements of several fish and large decapod species in aims to study their biology and ecology, and also to determine the effectivity of marine reserves to maintain their populations.

Daniel F. Doak, Department of Zoology and Physiology of the University of Wyoming (USA). Professor Doak is specialist in Population Viability Analysis of long-lived species. The aim of this collaboration is to develop demographic models on MEDRECOVER’s model species to explore the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on these key species.

Pierre Drap, Laboratoire des Sciences de l'Information et des Systèmes (France). The collaboration with Dr. Drap, are allowing the application of photogrammetric techniques to study the population dynamics of red coral populations.

Mike Graham, Moss landing Marine Laboratories (San Jose University, USA). Collaboration with Dr. Graham is based on the study of processes that affect the structure and dynamics of algal communities in temperate seas at local to global scale, the latter within a leading network of international investigators.

Enric Ballesteros, Rafel Coma, Iosune Uriz, Centre for Advanced Studies in Blanes (CEAB–CSIC). Collaboration with these researchers is mainly based on the study of basic aspects of key algae, gorgonian and sponge species, and on the ecology of rocky coastal ecosystems.