The Marine Research in Ecological and Social Systems group (MARES) aims to understand the functioning, structure and dynamics of marine living resources and essential habitats, and assess their stability and resilience to cope with future changes. It also aims to analyse the importance and complex interactions of humans with the marine environment, considering ecological, social, cultural and political dimensions. Current research focuses on (1) fish ecology, fisheries and aquaculture; (2) the ecology of benthic communities and habitat- forming species and their restoration; (3) social and cultural aspects in socioecological systems; (4) and the translation of scientific knowledge into ecosystem management and social awareness.