The primary objective of the Department of Biological Oceanography is the study of the biodiversity, structure, functioning, development and sustainable management of transitional, coastal and offshore marine ecosystems. To achieve these objectives, modern field and laboratory techniques, ecosystem simulations (models), and remote sensing methods of the pelagic ecosystem are applied. More specifically, the Biological Oceanography department investigates: (1) structure and functioning of planktonic and benthic food webs, (2) biodiversity of marine ecosystems and occurrence of alien species, (3) impacts of eutrophication, climate change, pollution and other anthropogenic pressures on marine ecosystems, (4) role of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and toxic phytoplankton species, (5) bioaccumulation of heavy metals in marine organisms.
The Biological Oceanography department is separated in four units:
- Plankton Ecology
- Benthic Ecology
- Operational Ecology (linked with the Operational Oceanography Section),
and they are all equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and have excellent facilities that meet regularly updated scientific protocols.