The Estuarine Ecology and Biological Invasions Research Group (EEBI) aims understanding the functioning of aquatic ecosystems, through the development of fundamental and applied research. The group is also highly committed to increase the awareness of the general public, policy makers and environmental managers on the importance of biodiversity and its role on the functioning of ecosystems and their services.
- Understanding the impact of anthropogenic activities on estuarine and freshwater ecosystems. This has relevance to species conservation and in evaluating their response to environmental stressors.
- How different ecosystems (e.g. terrestrial, river and sea) connect with the estuaries, and how the connectivity strength of each neighboring ecosystem affects the energy flow through estuaries.
- Studying the mechanisms that allow some invasive species to might change the functioning of ecosystems, and how these species might change the services provided by estuaries that benefit human’s activities.