Team 01: Applied Hydroecology

Team leader: Pr. HOUHAMDI Moussa (Specialty: Ecology, 8 Mai 1945 University, Guelma).

Description of the research theme of the team:

  • Carrying out of inventories and ecological study of key species (fauna and flora) of the different aquatic ecosystems of Algeria (chotts, sebkhas, dhayas, lakes, ponds, marshes and streams). Study also the dynamics, phenology, structure, monitoring and different strategies of adaptation of animal species during their life cycles (wintering and reproduction) in the main hydrosystems (internationally renowned wetlands) of our country

  • Mapping vegetation (helophytes and vegetation belts) of these aquatic ecosystems.

  • Establish checklists of species at risk of extinction and characterize biotopes while identifying the main causes affecting these populations.

  • Study and modeling of the ecology of breeding animal species in these aquatic ecosystems and the influence of abiotic parameters (physico-chemistry). Extend these studies and models to animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) living in forests and in urban and peri-urban areas.

  • Determine and monitor the spatio-temporal evolution of biotic indicators (insects and microorganisms) and abiotic indicators (physico-chemistry) in direct relation with the determination and evaluation of the quality of the running and stagnant water of these ecosystems in order to determine their Functioning and their typology.

  • Study the accumulation and fate of heavy metals in the various components of aquatic ecosystems and signalize the health status of these environments in despite  and in relation with the neighboring industrial installations.

Key words: Aquatic ecosystem, ecology, ornithology, entomology, flora, dynamics, conservation, restoration, eco-ethology.