11 researchers from Department of Biology at 2013 CIESM Congress

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11 researchers from Department of Biology at 2013 CIESM CongressNo fewer than 11 researchers from the Department of Biology of the University of Malta are participating in the 2013 CIESM Congress being held from 28 October to 1st November 2013 at the Palais du Pharo, Marseilles, France.

The group comprises three resident academics from the Department, Dr Joseph A. Borg, Prof. Patrick J. Schembri and Dr Adriana Vella, and members of their research groups. Altogether, the Department of Biology’s contingent presented a total of 15 contributions on a diversity of subjects, including: studies on the genetics and distribution of echinoderms (sea cucumbers and sea urchins), genetics of groupers, genetics and new records of sharks, conservation of cetaceans and marine turtles in the south-central Mediterranean, ecology and biodiversity of cobble beds, the mollusc fauna of natural and artificial shorelines, the endemic Maltese top-shell, an invasive alien alga, and the impact of boat anchoring on the Noble Pen-shell.

These contributions presented the latest results of marine research being carried out at the Department of Biology by members of staff, postgraduate students and senior undergraduates. All three academic staff members from the Department of Biology will be taking the opportunity of the congress to meet with colleagues who are partners in international research projects in which the Department of Biology is involved.

Abstracts of these contributions will be published in the Rapport du Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l’Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Méditerranée, which comprises the official proceedings of the CIESM congresses.

CIESM is the Mediterranean Science Commission, with headquarters in Monaco. It has 23 Member States and is the largest association of marine scientists in the Mediterranean. CIESM congresses are held every three years and include plenary sessions, workshops, invited papers and submitted contributions.

CIESM congresses are the largest gatherings of marine scientists who work in the Mediterranean region and more than 900 researchers attended the Marseille congress. The strong representation of the Department of Biology at this congress confirms the Department as a local centre of excellence in marine biological research.

Further information on the CIESM congress may be obtained at: http://www.ciesm.org/marine/congresses/index.htm

Details of ongoing research at the Department of Biology are given at: http://www.um.edu.mt/science/biology.

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