Are MedIterranean Marine prOtected areaS efficient against wArming effects?


Developing an innovative and scientifically based management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) face to climate change.


2018-09-14 Raouia Ghnaem defended her PhD thesis entitiled "Les populations des anthozoaires des côtes tunisiennes face au changement climatique" at the Institut Agronomique de Tunisie (Tunisia)

2018-09-05 Joaquim Garrabou presented "Can be the Mediterranean Sea a new coral reef area? Insights from tracking climate change effects in a warm-temperate sea" based on MIMOSA activities at the Australian Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Townsville (Australia)

2018-06-07 Ignasi Montero-Serra defended his PhD thesis entitiled "Conservation tools for Mediterranean long-lived gorgonians in a changing world: insights from life history theory and quantitative ecology" at the University of Barcelona (Spain)

2018-04-20  New information on the distribution of gorgonian species in Tunisian coastal waters. Check the paper published in Scientia Marina  

2018-03-31  MIMOSA paper dealing with the longevity in benthic species was picked by National Geographic. Check out the news.

2018-03-14  Characterization of demographic patterns of benthic sesssile species across depth gradients. Check our paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

2018-01-25 Presentation on the conservation of red coral at the Associació Pesca Submarina (Barcelona)

2018-01-18 Presentation on the conservation of Mediterranean marine biodiversity face to climate change at St. Felu Guíxols City Hall  (Girona)

2018-01-10 We finalized the thermotolerance experiment on the coral Astroides calycularis populations.

2017-12-13 Mimosa results were presented at the European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford (UK) with an oral and poster presentations. 

2017-11-08 Astroides calycularis samples safely and very condition arrived to Barcelona (Spain). The samples are being prepared for the thermotolerance experiment to be carried out in the Experimental Aquarium facilities at Institute of Marine Sciencies-CSIC. 

2017-11-02 Joint field trip to Zembra National Park (Tunisia) by INAT, UB and ICM-CSIC to carry out demographic surveys on Astroides calyclularis populations and sampling for the thermotolerance experiment. 

2017-11-12 We finalized the thermotolerance experiment on the red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata populations

2017-10-16 Results on the temperature regimes and warming trends in the Mediterranean coastal waters were presented at the MISTRALS Climate change impacts in the Mediterranean region  in Montpellier (France).

2017-09-12 Field trip to Réserve Naturelle de Scandola (Corsica) for sampling populations of red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata for the thermotolerance experiment to be carried out in the Experimental Aquarium facilities at Institute of Marine Sciencies-CSIC

2017-07 Monitoring in situ transplants at Medes Islands marine protected area

2017-06-13 Field trip to Réserve Naturelle de Scandola population surveys in red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata and red coral Corallium rubrum

2017-06-08 Sampling and setup for transplants experiments encompassing 3 populations in Medes Islands Marine Protected Area

2017-06-06 Conference "El futur del corall vermell" at 44 Blue Drinks Barcelona (Spain)

2017-05-24 Meeting in Tunis between INAT and ICM-CSIC to prepare the field trip to Zembra National Park

2017-05 Several dives were focused in setting-up the fixation point in 3 populations for in situ transplants experiment with the red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata in Medes Islands Marine Protected Area

2017-04-26 Conferenece C"om eren les poblacions de corall vermell a la Mediterrània abans de la sobreexplotació pesquera?" at Jornada Coral Rojo. Associació SotaAigua Begur (Spain)

2017-04-25 "Mediterranean biodiversity: an endangered treasure" at GIFT Workshop - The Mediterranean EGU General Assembly in Viena (Austria)

2017-04-06 Conference "Efecte Canvi climàtic en les poblacions de coralls de la Mediterrània" at Xerrades Pol de Ciència. Institut de Ciències del Mar-CSIC, Barcelona (Spain)

2017-04 Genetic analysis of Astroides calycularis populations

2017-03 Genetic analysis of red coral and red gorgonian populations

2017-02-06 Meeting between ICM-CSIC and LSIS for photogrammetric analysis tools to be applied for demographic studies on red coral populations

2016-12-14 Kick off Meeting of MIMOSA

2016-11 Starting tests on genetic analysis on Astroides calycularis from Zembra National Park (Tunisia) by ICM-CSIC

2016-10-17 Field trip to Reserve Naturelle de Scandola. Observation of mass mortality impacts in red coral Corallium rubrum populations within the reserve.

2016-09-12 Sampling Astroides calycularis Parc National de Zembra (Tunisia) by INAT

2016-09 Sampling red coral population for demographic and genetic analysis in Medes Islands marine reserve ICM-CSIC and UB



MIMOSA “Are MedIterranean Marine prOtected areaS efficient against wArming effects?” is a project funded by Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation and executed by the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) from the Spanish Research Council (Spain) in collaboration with the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences (UB) from the University of Barcelona (Spain), Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Information et des Systèmes (LSIS - UMR 7296 CNRS) from the Aix-Marseille University (France), Parc Régional de Corse (PNRC) Réserve Naturelle de Scandola (France) and Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT, Tunisia)