Welcome to MEC, the research group of José Antonio García Charton in the Faculty of Biology at the University of Murcia.


The work of the group covers several broad fields:

  • Reef fish biology and ecology, specially focusing on the conservation of apex predators

  • Marine protected areas (MPAs) ecology and monitoring

  • Dispersion and mobility of marine organisms and connectivity between populations

  • Spatial and temporal assessment of artisanal and recreational fisheries

  • Marine ecosystem functioning, modelling and their responses to global changes

  • Marine governance, assessment and conservation of marine ecosystems services

Our research is mainly carried out in the south-western Mediterranean Sea and its Marine Protected Areas, with a special attention to the MPA of Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas. We are also involved in different projects that take us to work throughout the other sectors of the Mediterranean Sea and in South America.