About me

Joaquim Garrabou - About me

I’m applying a multidisciplinary approach to the study of global change effects (climate change, invasive species, overfishing) in the conservation of Mediterranean marine biodiversity. In this framework I devoted most of my career in analyzing the role of Marine Protected Areas as tools to counteract the negative effects of human activities. I have been also especially active in developing collaborative initiatives to cope with large scales and long-term series unavoidable for the study of global change effects. As main milestones of these initiative I participate in promoting networks of observation of current warming trend in the Mediterranean mainly supported by MPA’s managers www.t-mednet.org and with the help of volunteers www.seawatchers.org. The ultimate objective of my research is raise awareness on the health status of our oceans and to the transfer of knowledge to the society and more specially to the MPA managers to contribute in the effectiveness of management and conservation plans. To date I published over 100 scientific peer-reviewed papers (including 2 Global Change Biology, 2 Conservation Biology, 2 Molecular Ecology, 1 Journal of Animal Ecology, 1 Journal of Applied Ecology)  and reports, participated in over 100 communications in scientific research conferences. According to Google scholar my work has been cited about 2000 times for an H index of 29.



1992-1997 PhD University of Barcelona, Spain Garrabou, J. 1997. “Structure and dynamics of north-western Mediterranean rocky benthic communities along a depth gradient: a Geographical Information System (GIS) approach.” University of Barcelona. 214 pp. Advisors: M. Zabala et E. Ballesteros.
1985-1990 B.A., Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain



2008-present Senior researcher at CSIC Institut de Ciències del Mar , Spain
2002-2008 Researcher at CNRS, Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, France (permanent position)
2001-2002 Associate researcher at CNRS, France, 6 months.
2000-2001 Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship (European Commission). Centre d’Océaonologie de Marseille, Postdoc advisor: Dr. J.G. Harmelin, 18 months.
1998-2000 Postdoctoral fellowship (Ministerio de Educación y Cultura). University of Maryland and Centre d’Océaonologie de Marseille, Postdoc advisors: K.P Sebens (USA) and J.G. Harmelin   (France),
1991-1998 Research associate Monitoring of the natural heritage of the Medes islands marine reserve”. P.I.: M. Zabala, University of Barcelona, Spain
1998 Postdoctoral fellowship (CIRIT, Generalitat de Catalunya). University of Maryland (U.S.A.), Postdoc advisor: K.P. Sebens, 4 months.
1995 Postgraduate fellowship (CIRIT, Generalitat de Catalunya). University of Madison-Wisconsin (U.S.A.), Advisor : M.G. Turner, 2 months.
1988 – 1989 Aquarium. Barcelone Zoo. Volunteer keeper.



2008-2016 Team Leader «  Marine biodiversity conservation group » based at the Institut de Ciencies del Mar-CSIC, Barcelona  www.medrecover.org
2014 Co-chair Session “Response of marine biota to human pressures and climate change; its implications for social-ecological systems” at 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (Barcelona, 17-21 November, 2014)
2014 Chair Session “Coralligenous patterns and processes” at 2nd Mediterranean Symposium on the conservation of coralligenous and other calcareous bio-concretions. Portorož Eslovenia 29-30 October 2014
2014 Consultant for the workshop Climate Change and Marine Protected Areas (Cadaques (Spain), 1-4 Arpril 2014)
2013 Chair Session 5 At Symposium on Integrating New Advances in Mediterranean Oceanography and Marine Biology (Barcelona 17-29 November 2013):”Fisheries, marine protected areas, population outbursts, biodiversity shifts”.
2013 Consultant for the implementation of the MedMPAnet Project in Croatia funded by the RAC/SPA UNEP
2013 Coordinator. Workshop with recreational divers on citizen science activities. Conferences and Practical sessions
2012-present Project coordinator. “Endagered gorgonians” within the Citizen Science web platform  www.observadoresdelmar.org
2012 Coordinator. Workshop on Monitoring Climate Change effects in Mediterranean ecosystems for MPA managers.
2012 Reviewer SEAS-ERA NET European Commission projects
2012 Reviewer for the AERES French Research Agency
2010-present Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the MEDPAN North project led by the IUCN
2009 Co-chair session 65 at the ASLO (Aquatic Sciences Meeting) 2009, Nice : “Climate Change Effects on Mediterranean Coastal Ecosystems“. This session was funded by Prince Albert II de Monaco Fondation.
2009 Member of the Scientific committe for the First Symposium on Coralligenous conservation and other calcareous bio-concretions. United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan. Tabarka, Tunisia
2004-2008 Team Leader « Impact des Changements climatiques sur la biodiversité marine » at UMR 6540 DIMAR – Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille
2008 Reviewer for the AXA Research Fund
2007 Chair Workshop Medchange, 2007. Présentations des activités de Medchange auprès des gestionnaires. Echanges en vue d’une collaboration renforcée. Marseilles France
2004- 2008 Elect member «Conseil de laboratoire» UMR 6540 DIMAR
2005 Chair : Workshop Etat actuelle et future des recherches sur les gorgonaires de Méditerranée. Marseilles, France
2002- 2008 Comission member «Moyens à la mer» Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille 
2006- 2008 Member of «Conseil Scientifique» Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille
2006 Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the conservation of coralligenous communities RAC/SPA (UNEP)
2007- present Reviewer of the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP)
2006- present Reviewer of the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR)