Department of Biology, University of the Azores
Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada
São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
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I received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of the Azores (Portugal) in 2009 and I am currently working in the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation research group (IBBC) of cE3c. In addition I integrate the Azorean Biodiversity group (http://www.gba.uac.pt) with a post-doc position at the University of the Azores.For many years I have worked on Life History Evolution and Evolutionary Ecology using Coccinellidae (Ladybirds) as model taxonomic group. Besides the fundamental ground, I am interested also in a more applied aspect, studying ladybirds as potential biological control agents. Presently my main research focuses on biological invasions in an island context, using ladybirds as model species. A long-term collaboration with colleagues from the École Nationale de Formation Agronomique (University of Toulouse, France) has been maintained.Presently I am a participant of the European COST Action project “TD1209: ALIEN Challenge”.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) inventory of ladybird biodiversity in the Azores, ii) potential of ladybirds as biological control agents, and iii) invasibility of the Azorean habitats for invasive alien ladybird species.
I finished my Post-Doc contract recently, but I am keeping my collaboration with cE3c, particularly with my Azorean colleagues.
Branco, B., Dalmau, L., Borges, I. & Soares, A.O. (2017) Life-history traits of the predator Rhyzobius lophanthae reared on the scale Chrysomphalus dictyospermi.Bulletin of Insectology, 70(2), 231-235. DOI: (IF2016 1,051; Q2 Entomology)
Soares, A.O., Honek, A., Martinkova, Z., Skuhrovec, J., Cardoso, P. & Borges, I. (2017) Harmonia axyridis failed to establish in the Azores: the role of species richness, intraguild interactions and resource availability.Biocontrol, 62(3), 423-434. DOI:10.1007/s10526-017-9794-z (IF2016 1,918; Q1 Entomology)
Roy, H.E., Brown, P.M.J., Adriaens, T., Berkven, N., Borges, I., Clusella-Trullas, S., De Clercq, P., Eschen, R., Estoup, A., Evans, E.W., Facon, B., Gardiner, M.M., Gil, A., Grez, A., Guillemaud, T., Haelewaters, D., Honek, A., Howe, A.G. Hui, C., Hutchison, W.D., Kenis, M., Koch, R.L., Kulfan, J., Handley, L.L., Lombaert, E., Loomans, A., Losey, J., Lukashuk, A.O., Maes, D., Magro, A., Murray, K.M., Martin, G. S., Zdenka Martinkova, Z., Minnaar, I., Nedved, O., Orlova-Bienkowskaja, M.J., Rabitsch, W., Ravn, H.P., Rondoni, G. Rorke, S.L., Ryndevich, S.K., Saethre, M.G., Sloggett., Soares, A.O., Stals, R., Tinsley, M.C., Vandereycken, A., Wielink, P.,Viglášová, S., Zach, P., Zaviezo, T. & Zihua Zhao, Z. (2016) The harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis: an inspiration for global collaborations on invasion biology.Biological Invasions, 18, 997-1044. DOI:10.1007/s10530-016-1077-6 (IF2016 2,473; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)