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Illustration of a silver-cheeked toadfish, Lagocephalus sceleratus by Keiga, Kawahara. Source: Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. License: Public Domain

 

MODIAS

Assessment of the impacts of biological invasions in the Aegean Sea trophic webs using an ecosystem modeling approach

Project duration: 2018 - 2021

Host institution: University of the Aegean - Department of Marine Sciences

Cooperating institutions: Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, Spain (ICM-CSIC) & Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research

 

The research project MODIAS aims to advance our state of knowledge regarding the cumulative impacts of biological invasions, fisheries and Climate Change in the South Aegean Sea by the development of the first ecosystem models for the study area. These models will be used to assess for the first time the historical effects of these stressors on the study ecosystem and also make predictions under different scenarios regarding the invasion regime, fisheries management, and Climate Change. The results of the project are expected to advance our knowledge regarding the process of biological invasions in the Eastern Mediterranean and also inform fisheries management and systematic planning of marine conservation of the significantly impacted marine ecosystem of the region.

 

Funding:

This project has received funding (110000 €) from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under grant agreement No 711.

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