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Pere Renom

“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Magazines, journals and books

This section lists the books, and the articles I have published in journals and magazines outreach at national, state or international. The science publications focus on marine ecology, particularly in the ecology of a Mediterranean seagrass called Posidonia oceanica. The disseminative publications cover different areas such as genealogy, philosophy of science, mountaineering, city planning, linguistics, education, anthropology, natural history or climate change.

“Una finestra a la ciència”

Article in the journal Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Biologia

Article published in volume 68 (2017-2018), in summer 2019. The  scienific program of Catalan TV “Quèquicom” has been on the air for almost eleven years. During this period it has issued almost three hundred chapters dedicated to the most diverse subjects and has consolidated itself as a program of reference in the country, both in the world of science and teaching. It has received a number of recognitions, including the National Communication Award and the Òmnium Communication Prize 2016, the Narcís Monturiol Plaque 2009 , and the Boehringer Ingelheim Prize for Journalism in Medicine 2008, 2009 and 2015. Its main merit has been to adapt scientific concepts into audiovisual language in a comprehensible and attractive way.

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“Obsolescència programada”

Article in the magazine Sàpiens

Article published in volume 197 of Sapiens magazine, in August 2018. Why settle for customers who buy only once, being able to make them buy during their whole lives? This is the premise with which the manufacturers of certain products work today, an older practice than we think.

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“El litoral recuperat del Barcelonès”

Article in the magazine Descobrir Catalunya

Article published in issue 243 of the magazine Descobrir Catalunya, in May 2018. Illustrated with photographs of Jordi Play. Artisanal fishing, privileged beaches for swimming, nautical activities… The coast of Barcelona has been revived in recent decades, both above and below the waters.

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“Curiositats del món natural per a tothom”

Book published by Baula, with illustrations by Cristina Losantos, 2018

– The Trojan horse was a wooden horse or  it was a ship?
– In what animal are the submarines inspired?
– Since when do humans drink cow’s milk?
– What is the origin of Velcro?
– What is the relationship between ultrasound and bats?

You will find the answer to these questions and many more in this book.

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“Les paraules que no s’endú el vent”

Preface of the book Forquilla Badalona 2017

Preface of the 5th book Forquilla Badalona, edited by an association of restorers of Badalona on the Saint George’s day.
A recipe book collects and preserves in writing your own or others’ culinary creations, with the aim of sharing them.

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“Sant Jordi i el drac. Del mite a la zoologia”

Article in the journal Mètode

Article published in issue 81 of the Spanish science journal Mètode, the spring of 2014.

The cradle of Western culture is ancient Greece both political, as in philosophy, mathematics and natural  history. But even such popular stories as the legend of St. George, which might seem genuinely Catalan,  have their origin in Greek mythology.

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Download the article in Spanish “San Jorge y el dragón” in PDF

“Paisajes de la paella”

Article in the Journal of Feelsynapsis

Article published in issue 14, March 2014, of the Spanish, online science Journal of Feelsynapsis.

Although people have been eating rice in the Iberian Peninsula since before the arrival of the Arabs in the 8th century, paella itself did not appear in recipe collections until the 19th century. Originally from Albufera de Valencia and nearby regions, paella began as a meal for country peasants – fast to prepare in the open air and open to all sorts of ingredients – but it soon turned into a more festive dish and the recipe improved. With the arrival of tourism between 1950 and 1970, paella became internationally famous as a symbol of Spain. Aside from these general facts, however, paella has other interesting – and less well-known – qualities that make it a true culinary kaleidoscope.

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“Homo Philologus”

Article in the Journal of Feelsynapsis

Article published in issue 8, January 2013, of the Spanish, online science Journal of Feelsynapsis The brain is composed of billions of neurons that transmit nerve impulses based on differences in electrical potential. An important part of these impulses are, somehow, the chemical correlation of words flowing back and forth at a rate and in a pattern unimaginable by this same brain.

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“Migració i reproducció: el cas de la família Renom”

Revista Arraona

Article in the journal Arraona

Article published in issue 33 of the journal Arraona, of the Historic Archives of Sabadell in December 2012. While demographic studies are usually done in big populations certain historical circumstances, such as Occitan migration  that took place in XVI-XVII centuries, allow the genealogy to provide interesting information of the family-scale population dynamics.

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“Metàfora i ecologia”

Portada Descobrir 168

Article in the journal Omnis Cellula

Article published with Simone Mariani at number 28 of the journal Omnis Cellula in June 2012. The metaphor is not just a figure of speech; sensu lato, is the most powerful tool to build symbolic thought. It is based on analogy: a word that literally expresses something is used to express something else that keep a certain resemblance to that, so it serves to create new meanings. All sciences, while building new knowledge, use systematically the metaphor, but the ecology, primarily based on synthesis, is especially metaphorical.

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“Els badius de Badalona. Un arxipèlag verd”

Portada Descobrir 168

Article in the magazine Descobrir Catalunya

Article published in issue 168 of the magazine Descobrir Catalunya, in May 2012. Illustrated with beautiful photographs of Albert Lleal. Many houses in the historic center of Badalona have some courtyards are called “badius”. They are private spaces hosting a stunning flora and fauna and can be considered a green islands set amid a sea of brick, concrete and asphalt.

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“Characterization of soils beneath a Posidonia oceanica meadow”

Portada Geoderma

Article in the journal Geoderma

Article published by O. Serrano, M.A. Mateo, P. Renom and R. Julià in in the issue 185–186 (2012) of the journal Geoderma. The study of a 475 cm core (spanning 4316 y BP) sampled in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in Portlligat Bay (NW Mediterranean), allowed to make the first detailed description of the soil below this endemic seagrass.

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“Aprendre ensenyant”

Publicac¡ó Jornades Científiques

Article in the book Jornades Científiques

Article published in 2011 in the commemorative book of the XXV Scientific Workshop of Secondary Education in Badalona. Briefly examines the history of teaching methods and highlights the originality and accuracy of research as an educational tool to complement the lectures. The Scientific Workshop of Badalona involve a public presentation of research conducted by students of the city and the surrounding villages. The abstracts of all the works presented in each edition are published in a book. This edition also has the collaboration of twenty short articles writen by people who participated in the Workshop during his 25 years of history.

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“Un tsunami improbable”

Article in the newspaper Línia Badalona

Article published in the local newspaper Línia Badalona on Thursday March 28, 2011 (number 20). A few days after the tsunami that hit the coast of Japan, it is analyzed the relationship between the frequency and magnitude of natural disturbances such as forest fires, floods, droughts, heavy snow, meteorite impacts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or tsunamis. It is estimated that tsunamis as the one that hit Japan occur every 1,000 years.

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“Som graminívors els humans? Una aproximació paremiològica a la qüestió”

Publicac¡ó a la revista Vèrtex

Article in the journal Teca

Article published in 2011 in the journal TECA (Food Science and Technology) of the Catalan Association of Food Sciences. Quantitative paremiology (the categorisation and systematic quantification of proverbs) demonstrates that the Catalan language contains a dominant number of expressions about cereals and especially about bread. In addition, the study has detected a significant correlation between the proverbs and the dietary composition of Mediterranean Catalan cuisine.

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“Mont Blanc – Museu de ciència”

Publicac¡ó a la revista Vèrtex

Article in the magazine Vèrtex

Article published in 2011 in the journal Vertex (Catalan Federation of Mountaineering), number 236 (May-June). Cross-sectional view of the mountains from my personal experience on a climb to the highest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc, from 4,810 m. Topics such as glacial geology, climate, weather, flora and fauna, chemistry and human physiology at high altitude were considered.

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“Seasonal response of Posidonia oceanica to light disturbances”

Seasonal response of Posidonia oceanica to light disturbances

Article in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series

Article published by O. Serrano, M.A. Mateo and P. Renom in the issue 423 (2011) of the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The effects of changes in the irradiance reaching a Posidonia oceanica meadow were investigated seasonally in Portlligat Bay (NW Mediterranean), by means of in situ shading experiments.

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“Long-term stability in the production of a NW Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica

Long-term stability in the production of a NW Mediterranean Posidonia oceanica

Article in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Article published by M.A. Mateo, P. Renom and R.H. Michener in the issue 291 (2010) of the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. In situ shade experiments were conducted to find the relationships between the carbon stable isotope ratio (δ13C) of plant tissues, leaf net production, and incident irradiance. These functions were used to reconstruct light and net production using the δ13C of detritus contained in a core of P. oceanica matte over the last 4000 years.

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“Posidonia y cambio climático”

Posidonia y cambio climático

Article in the journal Investigación y Ciencia

Article published along with Miguel Angel Mateo in the journal Investigación y Ciencia, the February 2010 issue. Based on the carbon isotope composition and leaf production it has been reconstructed the history of seagrass meadows during the last 1200 years.

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“Le praterie sottomarine”

Le praterie sottomarine

Article in the book Il Parco Regionale della Maremma e il suo territorio

The Regional Park of Maremma located in Tuscany (Italy), celebrated in 2005 the thirtieth anniversary of its establishment with the publication of the book Il Parco Regionale della Maremma e il suo territory, in 2007. The book devotes the first part to the geographical context, a second part to animal biodiversity, a third part to the dynamics between sea and land, a fourth part to human history and tradition, and a final part to management. The third part includes an article by P. Renom, M. A. Mateo and J. Romero on seagrasses.

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“Visita virtual al Parc Natural dels Ports”

Ports

CD published by the Depart. of Environment and Housing, Government of Catalonia

Director of contents of a collective work carried out by the company Calidos. Technology Quick Time VR. From 2002 to 2003. Description of fauna, flora, geology and history of the Park. It also includes a dozen of itineraries that allow a virtual visit at different seasons by means of panoramic and interactive photographies of 360 º.

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“Protecting the seagrass biome: report from the traditional seagrass knowledge working group”

Bulletin of Marina Science

Article in the Bulletin of Marine Science

Article published by S. Wyllie-Echeverria, K. Gunnarsson, M.A. Mateo, J.A. Borg, P. Renom, J. Kuo, A. Schanz, F. Hellblom, E. Jackson, G. Pergent, C. Pergent-Martini, M. Johnson, J. Sanchez-Lizaso, C.F. Boudouresque and K. Aioi. This plurinational group formed the Traditional Seagrass Knowledge (TSK) Working Group. The objectives of the group are to: (1) compile information and data describing traditional use of seagrass species from the scientist’s country of origin, (2) transfer information and data to the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington (USA) for analysis and synthesis and (3) jointly publish the results of the project by the end of 2003.

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“La Mediterrània, una mar de déus, el seu estudi, una tasca d’herois”

La Mediterrània, un mar de déus, el seu estudi, una tasca d'herois

Article in the magazine Cooperació Catalana

Article published in issue 244 of the magazine Cooperació Catalana in May 2002, and awarded with the 1st Award of Albert Pérez Bastardas to journalistic articles of knowledge and protection of the environment, granted by the Fundació Roca i Galès in Barcelona during 2002.

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“Els prats submarins de posidònia” (Children book and teaching guide)

Conte: Els prats submarins de posidònia

Children book published by Generalitat de Catalunya, with illustrations by Toni Llobet, 2001

The story, inspired by the Odyssey, tells how a boy named Ulysses befriends a curious fish, and lives some adventures that allow him to learn what is Posidonia, how are the marine meadows of Posidonia, what organisms it houses, what environmental problems presents and how it was traditionally used. At the end of the story there is a notebook explaining various aspects about posidonia, such as origin, reproduction, distribution, classification, annual cycle, and trophic relationships in its ecosystem. The story, originally written in Catalan, has been translated into Spanish, French and Arabic.

Download the children book in Catalan “Els prats submarins de posidònia” in PDF

Download the children book in Spanish “Las praderas submarinas de posidonia” in PDF

Download the children book in French “Les herbiers sous-marins de posidonie” in PDF

Download the children book in Arabic ” معشّبات البوزيدونيا البحريّة ” in PDF

Guia pedagògica: Els prats submarins de posidònia

Teaching guide

All information contained in the children book, develops the basis for activities proposed in the teaching guide. The contents of the guide are inserted mainly in the area of natural sciences, but also in other areas such as social sciences, language, math or physical education, thanks to a transversal approach of different subjects. The guide is aimed at upper primary and secondary school. It consists of two booklets: the students with the proposed exercises, and the teachers, with the solved exercises, additional information and a CD with the PDF of the students booklet, that permit to print a particular activity when needed.

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“Measurement of seagrass production using 13C stable isotope compared with classical O2 and 14C methods”

Measurement of seagrass production using 13C

Article in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series

Article published by M.A. Mateo, P. Renom, M.A. Hemminga and J. Peene in the issue 223 (2001) of the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The carbon incorporation rates in Zostera marina L. were measured using the stable carbon isotope 13C as a metabolic tracer. This method was compared with the classical O2 and 14C methods in microcosm experiments.

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“An unexplored sedimentary record for the study of enviromental change in mediterranean coastal enviroment: Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile peats”

An unexplorer sedimentary record for the study of enviromental change in mediterranean coastal enviroment: Posidonia oceanica

Article in the prooceedings of the International Conference

Article published by M.A. Mateo, P. Renom, R. Julià, J. Romero and R. Michener to the proceedings of the International Conference on the Study of Environmental Change Using Isotope Techniques, held in Vienna from 23 to 27 April 2001. The endemic Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica conjugates two unusual features that allow the reconstruction of the past history of the plant at two different time scales. On the one hand, the study of the leaf sheaths that remain attached to the rhizomes after abcision (lepidochronology), allows to differentiate up to 30 yearly cycles. On the other hand, radiocarbon dating of peat-like deposits derived from Posidonia oceanica rhizomes and roots (“mattes”), reveals a chronological organic record of the plant spanning several thousands of years.

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“Els herbassars de Posidonia oceanica

Els herbassars de posidonia oceanica

Article in the magazine Depana en Acció

Article published together with Javier Romero at number 18 on the magazine Depana en Acció, in the summer of 2000.

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“Assessing temporal variability in the carbon balance of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile”

An unexplorer sedimentary record for the study of enviromental change in mediterranean coastal enviroment: Posidonia oceanica

Article in the journal Biologia Marina Mediterranea

Article published together with M. Pérez, T. Alcoverro, M. Manzanera and J. Romero. Is part of the Fouth Proceedings of International Seagrass Biology Workshop, which took place in Corsica from 26 September to 2 October 2000. The carbon gains and carbon losses of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica were estimated to obtain a plant carbon budget at different time scales. The model is based on the knowledge of photosynthesis-irradiance (P-I) relationships for different age classes, and respiration demands of different plant parts, and it is fed with data of incomming solar irradiance and water turbidity recorded at the study site since 1990.

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“Network for seagrass monitoring at the Catalan coast”

Network for seagrass monitoring at the catalan coast

Article in the magazine Coast Line

Article published with Javier Romero in the magazine Coast Line. Special issue: the Mediterranean, in February 1999.

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“Xarxa de vigilància dels herbassars de fanerògames marines”

Xarxa de vigilància dels herbassars de fanerògames marines

Article in the magazine L’Atzavara

Article published along with Javier Romero in the issue 8 of magazine L’Atzavara, in 1999. Explains that Network for seagrass monitoring at the Catalan Coast is an initiative born from the collaboration between the Department of Marine Fisheries of the Autonomous Government of catalonia, the Sea School in Badalona and the Department of Ecology at the University of Barcelona, and seeks to establish a series of control points or stations distributed throughout the Catalan coast, in order to assess the biological status of a representative number of seagrass meadows and determine its evolution in time.

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“Xarxa de vigilància dels herbassars de fanerògames marines”

Butlletí d'informació del Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca

Article in the bulletin Catalunya Rural i Agrària

Article published with Javier Romero in the issue 46 (June 1998), in Catalunya Rural i Agrària, a bulletin of information from the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.

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“Xarxa Informacions”

Butlletí de la xarxa de vigilància dels alguers

Newsletter of the Network for seagrass monitoring at the Catalan coast

Edition of the monthly newsletter Xarxa Informacions, sent to more than 450 subscribers, in the framework of the Network for seagrass monitoring at Catalan coast. The newsletter was aimed to provide a regular flow of information to all the volunteer divers who participated in the project. It published a total of 35 numbers from May 1998 to December 2001.

Newsletters from 1 to 12: download.zip

Newsletters from 13 to 24: download.zip

Newsletters from 25 to 35: download.zip

“Coloración anómala en un individuo de Rana perezi en la provincia de Girona”

Coloración anómala en un individuo de Rana Parezi en la provincia de Girona

Article in the Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española

Article published in issue 6 of Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española, in 1995. Describes the finding of a common frog tadpole of orange color, that was captured and held in captivity to verify that the abnormal coloration was kept upon completion of metamorphosis.

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