Internal Cycle of Seminars at IMEDEA (CISI) consist on a cycle of seminar presentations given mainly by doctoral students, masters and junior postdocs, although it is not closed to other staff, such as visitors and staff, that take place every Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m in the seminar room os IMEDEA.

This represents a great opportunity to learn more about the research carried out at the Institute and to bring those with less experience , the chance of increasing their presentation and public speaking skills. Afterwards, there will be coffee and some biscuits  😉 We strongly encourage you to participate. Join us!

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Internal Cycle of Seminars IMEDEA - Francisco Criado- «Mid-Term Beach Monitoring and Shoreline Change Detection: A Case Study of Son Bou Beach, Menorca»
Asbtract Beaches play a crucial role in protecting coastlines from wave energy, acting as the final barrier against coastal erosion. Sandy beaches are particularly susceptible to climate change effects, such as sea level rise and storminess. Understanding the dynamics of these environments amid ongoing changes is essential for designing effective adaptation measures and management strategies. However, the various factors influencing beach morphodynamics, coupled with their dynamic nature, render the integrated monitoring of these areas both resource-intensive and challenging in terms of time, human involvement, and economic resources. Therefore, long-term and high-frequency data-sets, including morphological and wave data, remain scarce in the literature. In this talk, I will present the preliminary results of the analysis of the Son Bou Beach (Menorca, Spain) data-set, with over 13 years (2011-2023) measurements, generated by the Modular Beach Integral Monitoring Systems (MOBIMS) from the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB). The analysis focuses on characterizing the mid and short-term response of Son Bou beach by means of the shoreline position-change detection. A negative trend in beach width was observed, as well as different responses along the beach. The presence of a coastal lagoon and its opening periods have a significant impact on the beach behavior.

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Internal Cycle of Seminars IMEDEA - Xisca Font- «Dynamics of yeasts: An approach from spores to outbreeding.»



Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the best studied eukaryotic model organisms. It can alternate between haploid and diploid phases, with lack of nutrients favoring a switch to the haploid phase through a mechanism called sporulation. During sporulation, a single diploid cell generates four haploid daughter cells -a tetrad- which are tightly enclosed within a structure called the ascus. Confinement within the ascus is thought to enforce mating between products of the same meiotic division, minimizing outcrossing in this stage of the life cycle. Therefore, outbreeding has been commonly considered extremely rare in nature. Recent studies, however, have begun to challenge this view by uncovering a surprising ecological niche for the outbreeding of wild yeast: the guts of wasps. Yeast outbreeding in this environment likely involves an interaction between the physicochemical environment of the gut and the biological response of the cells. Preliminary results indicate that ascus breakage results from the combination of physical stresses and enzymatic digestion factors. Mixing due to movement at the gut-level can then promote the formation of multi-strain aggregates and outbreeding. Understanding the natural mechanisms leading to yeast outbreeding in nature will lead us to a better understanding of the S. cerevisiae evolution and adaptation capability. This project is a part of a HFSP grant entitled “The aphrodisiac gut”, in collaboration with research groups specialized in Chemistry from University of Sydney, in Biology from University of Turin and Mathematics from Boston University.