In our group we specialize in studying the responses of organisms to changes in their environment, both natural and those caused by the development of human activities. We analyze various aspects of the physiology and behavior of organisms. The physiological parameters help us to determine both their physical condition and health status through hematological, biochemical, immunological, hormonal, and incidence of pathogens. Studies on spatial distributions, intra- and interspecific interactions, antipredator strategies and the search for food help us to understand the organism relationships with their surrounding environment. Thus, we can widely assess how the environmental problems affects the organisms, which play an essential role as ecosystem bioindicators.
In our group we work with species subjected to different stressors, for example: the effects of global climate change, environmental pollution and the effect of human activities on the habitat. These stressors can be studied using a wide range of techniques applicable to any bioindicator species. These techniques include the extraction of blood or tissue samples (e.g. skin) that will be analysed by using different laboratory methods.
Our working group is the result of interdisciplinary contributions that address different environmental problems through basic and applied science, enabling an early detection of these problems and taking the appropriate actions to mitigate them.