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TORALLA MARINE SCIENCE STATION - UNIVERSITY OF VIGO (ECIMAT-UVIGO)

Overview

The University of Vigo´s Toralla Marine Science Station (ECIMAT) was inaugurated in 2006 to fulfil the marine vocation of the University of Vigo, one of the leading institutions in marine research in Spain. Since its inception, ECIMAT has grown from a research support facility serving a few research teams to an international research infrastructure hosting a research cluster that consolidates all the capacities of marine science of the University of Vigo and that provides services to researchers both from public and private institutions from all over the world. ECIMAT´s facilities, and capacities, complemented by ECIMAT´s technical and management structure, provide the perfect environment to promote excellent research, transfer knowledge to society and to internationally project the marine research carried out in the University of Vigo.

ECIMAT is the main research infrastructure for 18 research teams, whose research priorities relate to: Biodiversity and ecology, Ocean observation and global change, Marine environmental quality and marine pollution, Sustainable use of marine resources, Integral management of the coastal zone. These five lines are complemented by the following transversal technologies: Omic Technologies, Modelling of Complex Systems, Marine Model Organisms.

Ecosystems

  • Intertidal rocky shores
  • Intertidal sandy shores
  • Mudflats
  • Estuaries
  • Pristine coastal areas
  • Seagrass Maerl bed
  • Rias

 

Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels (On-site and remote service)
    • Coastal research vessels for accessing Southern Galician Rias:
      • 7.5 m inboard cruiser equipped with light marine sampling equipment (dredges, CTD, side-scan Sonar, Niskin flasks, plankton nets) 
      • 5.5 m rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB)
  • Scuba diving facilities (On-site service)
    • Equipment for scuba diving (up to 10 divers) in the Southern Galician Rias.
    • Fully certified diving team
  • Sampling equipment (On-site and remote service)
    • Dredges, CTD, side-scan Sonar, Niskin flasks, plankton nets, etc.
  • Other ecosystem access (On-site service)
    • Field lab in the Southern Galician Rias
    • Pick-up truck with trailer for road transport of the RHIB

 

Biological resources

  • Culture collections (On-site and remote service)
    • Living strains of microalgae and zooplankton
  • Marine model organisms (On-site and remote service)
    • Provision of sea urchin, sea cucumber, amphipods, Amphyoxus and other organisms
  • Species collected upon request (On-site and remote service)
    • Collection and supply of local marine flora and fauna from the Southern Galician Rias

 

Experimental facilities

  • Aquaria and tanks (On-site and remote service)
    • Aquaculture, Climate change, Population genetics, Disease Challenge, Ecotoxicology, Micro&Macro-algae, fish, molluscs and echinoderms
    • Experiments performed for the user in case of remote access
  • Mesocosms (On-site and remote service)
    • Mesocosms for experimental studies of climate change
  • Wet labs (On-site and remote service)
    • Aquaculture, Climate change, Population genetics, Disease Challenge, Ecotoxicology, Micro&Macro-algae, fish, molluscs and echinoderms
    • Experiments performed for the user in case of remote access
  • Dry labs (On-site and remote service)
    • Labs adjacent to wet facilities for population genetics studies, and other dry labs

 

Technology platforms

  • Imaging (On-site and remote service)
    • Optical, Fluorescence, Flow cam, sample preparation
  • Bioassays
    • Biomonitoring, Bioassays, Ecotoxicology
  • Other technology platforms (On-site and remote service)
    • Cryopreservation

 

Expert advice

  • Experimental design (On-site and remote service)
    • Aquaculture
  • Biological sample identification (On-site and remote service)
    • Benthic species
  • Other (On-site and remote service)
    • Compliance with ABS regulations

 

Supporting facilities

  • In-house catering (On-site service)
  • Library services (On-site service)

 


ECIMAT offers office space for visiting researchers, on-site kitchen and dining, conference room, access to University Network (Internet, online journals) and a  meeting room.

 

Acronym: 
ECIMAT-UVIGO
Address: 
Illa de Toralla S/N
36331 Vigo Pontevedra
Spain
E-mail: 
Liaison officer: Fiz da Costa (fiz.costa.gonzalez@uvigo.es)

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