Scientific research constitutes are one of the main pillars of the University of Murcia. UM promotes and enhances investigation activities to achieve the objectives of the overall research strategy for the University and for its research groups and the dissemination of the obtained results. With a long history initiated before the creation of the Faculty of Biology, the Ecology and Hydrology department of UM has been a pioneer in the study, dissemination, and conservation of the natural heritage and the environment of the Region of Murcia. UM is contributing in the Western Mediterranean case study within the TAPAS project.