National Institute of Biology

Short Description

The Marine Biology Station (MBS) carries out research about coastal marine systems with an emphasis on multidisciplinary ecosystem complexity. Activities include research, development and application of monitoring systems to comply with national, EU and international legislation. MBS operates well equipped research boats adapted particularly for coastal sea research. The research group also makes good use of modern biological, microbiological, molecular, chemical laboratories and radiological laboratory. The main research activities of the Marine Biology Station are focused on characteristics and problems of coastal waters especially on the impact of pollution from land-based sources, coastal dynamics and modelling, biogeochemical processes and cycling of substances, ecology of plankton and benthos, and marine and coastal biodiversity. MBS plays the role of the national oceanographic data centre. With the national Agency for the Environment (EARS) MBS cooperates in development of new model tools to improve the knowhow which will play significant role in the sea dynamics forecast. MBS stuff number and structure: 25 researchers and young researchers, 9 technicians and 1 administration. List of major related projects:

  • BIOFAQs (EU-funded project, 2001-2003, FP5 for "Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources"): BIOFiltration and AQuaculture: an Evaluation of Substrate Deployment Performance with Mariculture Developments
  • ECASA (EU-funded project, 2004-2007, FP6): Ecosystem Approach to Sustainable Aquaculture (identification of quantitative indicators of the effects of aquaculture on marine ecosystem)
  • Assessment of the ecological status of coastal sea in compliance with the Water Framework Directive (Water Framework Directive, 2000/60/EC), from 2005 on
  • Marine Strategy Framework Directive – Environmental status of the sea. Analysis of biological characteristics in accordance with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • MARBENA (EU-funded project, FP5 contributing to the implementation of the key action 'Better assessment of naturally occurring mechanisms of ecosystem functioning'): Creating a long-term infrastructure for MARine Biodiversity research in the European economic area and the Newly Associated States
  • MarBEF (EU-funded project, 2004-2009, FP6-network of excellence): Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
  • SESAME (EU-funded project, 2006-2010, FP6): Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem Changes
  • Monitoring of the quality of sea water and of waters for living and growing marine molluscs; from 2003 on.
  • Programme for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean Region (UNEP/MAP ME/6030-00-04)
  • ISMO (ESRR - INTERREG lll A Slovenia – Italy, 2005-2007): Information System about the Marine Environment in the Gulf of Trieste
Summary Role

The Marine Biology Station will be included in the EMBC+ as a hosting institute for students to do the internship (6 weeks) and Master thesis research (6 months). The students will be included in the ongoing national or international projects. In that way the results of their work shall be used for reports and articles. The students of EMBC+ will be trained for the work in the laboratory, they will get the knowledge of the topic chosen and during their work they will also develop positive individual skills and personal attitude (taking the initiative, presenting the opinion...). They will be supervised by one of our researcher, but they will take part of the team involved in the subject/project chosen, and in that way learn to work in a small research group. Our institute performs interdisciplinary research and covers a wide range of research topics, therefore the students will have the possibility to choose among many themes. Moreover, during their stay they will attend the field work on both research vessels