Presentation of the edition
The Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquium (RMSC) has been running yearly since 2013 (www.acoio.org/margalef-summer-colloquia) and aims at training young researchers in Ecology, as well as promoting their networking and debate with invited lecturers as well as among themselves. The Colloquium is inspired in the figure of Ramon Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who was one of the founders of modern ecology. He broke paradigms and contributed with innovative theories about the spatiotemporal structure of ecosystems, the relationships between diversity, biodiversity, stability and connectivity, the fundamental role of energy in biological productivity as well as the interrelationships between ecological succession and evolution. He recognized the importance of the physical environment to understand the behavior of species and ecosystems. He wrote ca. 400 papers and books, working for many years at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (www.icm.csic.es) and the University of Barcelona (www.ub.edu), Spain.