The Centre for Functional Ecology - Science for People & the Planet (CFE) brings together researchers from all fields of ecology, environmental and territorial sciences, social sciences and humanities. The multidisciplinary dimension of the CFE reflects contemporary societal challenges in interaction with the complexity of the global commitment to sustainability.

Integrates knowledge from genes to biomes to study the mechanisms responsible for biodiversity conservation and the composition, structure and functioning of biological communities and ecosystems; considers the disciplinary diversity essential to understanding the relationship between People and the Planet, the territories and communities.

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Biodiversity, Conservation and Natural Capital

Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change

Marine Resources, Conservation and Technology

Soil Health

Societies and Environmental Sustainability

History, Territories, Communities

One Health

Forensic Anthropology and Paleobiology

Bioelectronics & Bioenergy

Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology


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