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martes, 3 de julio de 2018

Urban Algae at Limnologia 2018


We want to inform you that the Urban algae team has been completed. We are 97 young scientists across Europe motivated to collaborate among us with a common goal: Study the ecosystem services perception from society and the ecological status of urban ponds.
We are surprised of the highly motivation from the members of AIL, which represents the 34 % of the members.
During this year pond sampling and social survey will be performed, and you can get news from the project in our ResearchGate and twitter accounts. Soon a webpage too.
Also, Urban algae was presented at the AIL meeting hold recently in Coimbra. Our poster was presented by Sonia Herrero, but some members of UA contributed significantly in the discussions with the public. The project was well received by the poster visitors and by the conference´s attendees with whom we could exchange opinions and talk about UA and also about the importance of collaborative projects for young researchers. Creating networks from early stages of scientific career is vital to contribute to multidisciplinary and international research. During the AIL meeting, Urbanalgaers visiting the conference met for dinner. Was the first time some of us met! Some very interesting discussions about sampling procedures and definitions of urban ponds came up from this UA get together.
You can download the poster here


UA dinner at Coimbra. Photocredit: Miguel Cañedo.

domingo, 24 de junio de 2018

Plants to restore river health


Riparian management to improve river quality: new research by AIL member Cayetano Gutierrez-Cánovas


Version in Spanish and Portuguese


Safeguarding the vegetation occurring in banks and margins of streams and rivers has a key role in ensuring aspects of river health. 


That’s the major conclusion from a new international study just published in Water Research
Protecting, planting and restoring native plants and their habitats alongside rivers provides food for aquatic organisms and prevents high temperatures in the fight against global warming.  Bankside ‘riparian zones’ can also prevent some of the pressures on rivers that arise from activities in their wider catchment – such as farming – but not always.

Healthy riparian vegetation in a  Alcolobre river (Tagus Basin, Portugal)

Impacted riparian vegetation in Segura River (SE Spain)


Rivers provide critical human resources, such as clean water, food and recreation, but are threatened increasingly by pollution, physical modification and over-exploitation.  While international efforts, such as the EU Water Framework Directive, aim at evaluating and restoring river health to protect biodiversity and peoplethey are not always effective in reversing damage.  A key need has been to evaluate why, and to find the options that work best under different circumstances.     

An international team of researchers within the EU MARS project addressed this need by reviewing available scientific literature, asking which vegetation types were linked to successful restoration. They also evaluated how riparian management reduced impacts from nutrients, sediments and high temperatures, and whether biological quality could be improved.

While riparian revegetation had limited effects on nutrients, sediments and biological quality, woody riparian vegetation consistently increased leaf-litter inputs to rivers (a key food source), also improving habitat quality in the form of woody debris and reduced water temperature. Positive effects were greatest where riparian management took place in the upper parts of rivers – where proportionately more river flow is affected by the riparian zone. 

Leader of the study, Dr Christian Feld (University of Duisburg-Essen) said “Land management such as farming or forestry are essential for the World - but can damage rivers downstream. We therefore need ways to reduce the unwanted effects, and management of the riparian zone has long been proposed as a cost-effective and local solution. Our evidence show that riparian restoration can be effective in offsetting some problems, but not all. Bigger-scale problems such as pollution from agricultural chemicals or sediments will need bigger-scale solutions applied through improving the management of whole river catchments".

C.K. Feld, M.R.P. Fernandes, M. T. Ferreira, D. Hering, S.J. Ormerod, M. Venohr, C. Gutiérrez-Cánovas. Evaluating riparian solutions to multiple stressor problems in river ecosystems A conceptual studyWater Research139, 381-394.

martes, 20 de marzo de 2018

UrbanAlgae collaborative project

Our very own Sonia Herrero, member of the Young AIL, is CO-PI of the URBAN ALGAE PROJECT, 2nd Collaborative European Freshwater Science Project for Young Researchers ("FreshProject")


We are very pleased to inform you that Urban algae was selected the 2nd Collaborative European Freshwater Science Project for Young Researchers ("FreshProject"), a joint initiative by the European Federation of Freshwater Sciences (EFFS) board, the European Fresh and Young Researchers (EFYR) and representatives of the Fresh Blood for Fresh Water (FBFW) meetings.

We are now looking for young freshwater scientists (with both natural and social backgrounds) to form teams (minimum two persons) and to join our Europe-wide study. The objective of this study is to assess the ecological status of urban ponds and their ecosystem services together with the citizen´s perceptions.

Interested young researchers can find more information in the attachment. In order to participate in the project, please fill in the online questionnaire. The application is open until April 23rd, midnight GMT, 2018.

We are also open to external collaborations through the Urban algae network. Please contact us with your ideas!

Please forward this call and the questionnaire to any of your colleagues who might be interested.

Follow us in twitter to keep updated on latest project´s news!

Fresh regards, 
the Urban algae team

sábado, 10 de febrero de 2018

Postdoctoral Funding Schemes World List

Dear fellow limnologists, 

Are you a recent PhD graduated? Are you looking for postdoctoral positions within academia? 

Check out this outstanding list of funding schemes and opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships.

This is a community-curated list hosted at GitHub where everyone can add additional funding schemes to help build up the list. Worth to have it in your favorite links!   




sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

Limnologia2018 Coimbra: Abstract submission deadline February 15th

Olá a todos,
A Comissão Organizadora do XIX Congresso da Associação Ibérica de Limnologia (Limnologia2018) lembra que o prazo para a submissão de resumos termina no próximo dia 15 de Fevereiro, pelo que todos os interessados em apresentar comunicações devem enviar os seus resumos até essa data de modo a evitar atrasos na avaliação dos mesmos e no envio das confirmações de aceitação.
Contamos vê-los a todos em Coimbra,
A Comissão Organizadora

Queridos,
La Comisión Organizadora del XIX Congreso de la Asociación Ibérica de Limnología (Limnologia2018) les hace recuerdo que el plazo para la sumisión de los resúmenes termina el 15 de Febrero, es por ello que todos los interesados en presentar una comunicación deben enviar los resúmenes hasta esa fecha para evitar atrasos en la validación de los mismos y en el envío de las confirmaciones de aceptación.
Te esperamos en Coimbra,
La Comisión Organizadora