Project Design Based on Mediterranean Biodiversity

UAB Barcelona Summer School

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students: 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period: 21 June to 09 July

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Ana Morton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Zoology and Biology and Diversity of Invertebrates Non Arthropoda and Field Sampling Methods at the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology at the Faculty of Biosciences (UAB), teaching courses. She is currently the coordinator of the Master's degree in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management. Her research focuses on biological control of insect pests and entomopathogenic nematodes. She is author of several papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Xavier Munill is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology at the Faculty of Biosciences (UAB) where he teaches Marine Biology, Biology and Diversity of Invertebrates Non Arthropoda and Field Sampling Methods. He also teaches Marine Biology at UVic. He is a Project Manager in different NGO´s, where he has designed and executed many different nature conservation projects. He currently leads a project on environmental monitoring using Low Tech Low Cost DIY Open Source electronic devices.

Ona Font is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology at the Faculty of Biosciences (UAB). She is a professor of Biology and Diversity of Invertebrates Non Arthropoda, Zoology and Field Sampling Methods. She is a Project Manager for different NGO´s, where she has designed and executed different work camps and conservation projects. She has worked at Barcelona Zoo as Zoo Keeper Specialist, managing different kinds of fauna. She is currently involved on a project on environmental monitoring and divulgation.

Marta Martín Flix, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Cell Culture Techniques at the Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology at the Faculty of Biosciences (UAB). She also participates in the Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology Master Degree of the same Faculty. Her research focuses on the study of molecular mechanisms of genomic instability that drive senescence and aging. She has participated in several European and national research projects and authors several papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals.

  • Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology, Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology
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Contents overview

This course aims at introducing the student to the creative and conceptual process of a research project based on field sampling techniques (marine and terrestrial fieldwork). The specific objectives of this practical course are: to learn the process of creating a scientific project; to learn techniques of sampling in marine and terrestrial ecosystems; and, to acquire knowledge of marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the Mediterranean and to know the possible factors that condition them.

The course has a high practical content to explore the Mediterranean biodiversity, and includes trips to the Costa Brava and work in the field.  Therefore, students are required to have swimming skills and to bring adequate equipment for working in the sea and in the field (appropriate clothing and footwear).

Based on a fictitious project call, the student will learn the steps to follow to create a project. At the same time, students will conduct fieldwork and laboratory work/practices to analyze the processes of sampling, logistics and the expected potential results, in order to draft a project based on one of the study methodologies provided. Furthermore, students will learn concepts about habitats and biodiversity associated with the sampling performed during the course.

This course takes place in four scenarios: in the classroom, in the field, in the laboratory and in the computer room. In the classroom, theoretical knowledge of terrestrial sampling and marine sampling associated to different organisms and habitats will be exposed, and the factors that regulate them will be introduced. In the field (both in marine and terrestrial ecosystems), the student will practice some sampling techniques to know different groups of organisms or habitats. A special emphasis will be placed on analyzing the sampling process, logistics and the potential results, in order to design the project. In the laboratory, the samples obtained in the field will be analyzed, and again, students will deepen in the process, the logistics and the analysis of potential results. In the computer room, from the theoretical concepts and practical work (field and laboratory), students will be able to search information to design and draft the project proposal. The project proposed by the student will be a free theme to stimulate creativity, but it must satisfy the basis of the project call.


Week programme

 Week  Contents Teaching/learning activities

- How to prepare a Project proposal

- The terrestrial fieldwork: what we have to know about sampling and about Mediterranean fauna.

- Terrestrial field work: sampling Mediterranean terrestrial fauna

- Laboratory work: terrestrial samples I

Lecture presentation

Team work

Field practices in a terrestrial ecosystem

Laboratory work

Knowing Mediterranean terrestrial biodiversity


- Laboratory work: terrestrial samples II

- The marine fieldwork: methods of sampling in the Mediterranean Sea and what fauna can be found.

- Marine field work I: sampling in Costa Brava coast

- Laboratory work: marine samples I

- Work in the project: design and information search

Laboratory work

Field practices in the Mediterranean Sea

Knowing Mediterranean terrestrial and marine biodiversity

Design of a project

Search of information

Team work


- Marine field work II: sampling in the coast of Mediterranean.

- Laboratory work: marine samples II

- Work in the project: development of the project proposal

- Presentation of all project proposals

Field practices in the Mediterranean Sea

Knowing Mediterranean terrestrial and marine biodiversity

Laboratory work

Small group activity and discussion about projects


Team work



Individual/group exercises 30%

Individual work 15 %

Participation 10%

Project presentation (oral group presentation) 45%


Links and references


  • Ballesteros E., Llobet T., 2015. Marine Wildlife of the Mediterranean. Brau Edicions.
  • Barrientos J.A., 2004. Curso práctico de Entomología. Asociación Española de Entomología. CIBIO-UAB. Manuales de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Chinery M., 1997. Guía de campo de los Insectos de España y Europa. Omega Ed.
  • Hickman Jr. C., Roberts L., Keen S., Larson A., I'Anson H., Eisenhour D., 2017. Integrated Principles of Zoology. McGraw Hill Ed. (18th edition). 


  • Adena/World Wildlife Found:
  • Bridging the Gap:
  • IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature):
  • IUCN Red List web site: