Ramon Margalef

The Colloquium is inspired by the figure of Ramón Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who worked for many years in the Institute of Marine Sciences and the University of Barcelona. He was one of the founders of modern ecology and very often applied his ideas to the marine environment. He broke old paradigms and contributed to science with innovating theories about the space-time structure of the ecosystems, the relations between diversity, biodiversity, stability and connectivity, the fundamental paper of energy in the biological productivity and the interrelations between ecological succession and evolution. He wrote around 400 papers and books including, “On certain unifying principles in ecology”, “Perspectives in Ecological Theory”, “Information Theory in Ecology”, “Our Biosphere”. Margalef was not also a brilliant scientist but also an encouraging teacher and mentor.

Margalef recognized the importance of the physical environment to understand the behaviour of species and ecosystems, and this tradition has continued for many years within the Institute of Marine Sciences. We believe that the Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquium will be an excellent opportunity to foster the analysis of the inter-relations between Biology and Physics within the marine environment. We expect to attain this important aim through a very dynamic colloquium, with a very important component of discussion, exchange of ideas and research.

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