Impacts of climate change on coastal benthic ecosystems


Joaquim Garrabou

Joaquim Garrabou Vancells is the project’s coordinator. In 2008, he joined the ICM as researcher for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Prior to this, he was a researcher at the Centre d’Oceanologie de Marseille, which is associated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He is applying a multidisciplinary approach to the study of global change effects in the NW Mediterranean. More particulary he is studying the effects of mass mortality events on coralligenous assemblages and their possible association with the current warming. The ultimate objective of his research is to contribute to the conservation of Mediterranean biodiversity.

Selected publications:

  • Ledoux, J.B., Mokhtar-Jamai, K., Roby, C., Feral, J.P. Garrabou, J., Aurelle, D. (2010) Genetic survey of shallow populations of the Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum (Linnaeus, 1758)): new insights into evolutionary processes shaping current nuclear diversity and implications for conservation. Molecular Ecology  19:675-690
  • Garrabou, J., Coma, R., Bensoussan, N., Bally, M., Chevaldonné, P., Cigliano, M., Diaz, D., Harmelin, J.G., Gambi, M.C., Kersting D. K., Lejeusne, C, Linares, C., Marschal, C, Pérez, T. Ribes, M., Romano J.C., Serrano E., Teixido N., Torrents, O., Zabala, M., Zuberer, F., Cerrano, C. (2009) Mass mortality in northwestern Mediterranean rocky benthic communities: effects of the 2003 heat wave. Global Change Biology 15:1090-1103
  • Torrents, O., Tambuté, E., Caminiti, N. & Garrabou, J. (2008) Upper thermal thresholds of shallow vs. deep populations of the precious Mediterranean red coral Corallium rubrum: assessing the potential effects of warming in the NW Mediterranean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 357: 7-19
  • Bally, M., Garrabou, J. (2007) Thermodependent bacterial pathogens and mass mortalities in temperate benthic communities: a new case of emerging disease linked to climate change. Global Change Biology 13: 2078-2088
  • Garrabou, J., Ballesteros, E. & Zabala, M. (2002) Structure and dynamics of north-western Mediterranean rocky benthic communities along a depth gradient. Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science 55: 493-508.


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