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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. 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.
Borges, I., Hidalgo, N.P., Magro, A., Silva, L. & Soares, A.O. (2019) New aphids records (Hemiptera: Aphididae) for the Azores and Macaronesia.Redia – Giornale di Zoologia, In Press, . DOI: (IF2018 0,618; Q4 Zoology)
Soares, A.O., Honěk, A., Martinkova, Z., Brown, P.M.J. & Borges, I. (2018) Can native geographical range, dispersal ability and development rates predict the successful establishment of alien ladybird (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) species in Europe?Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 57. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2018.000 (IF2018 2,686; Q2 Ecology)
Borges, I., Canepari, C., Rodriguez, I. & Soares, A.O. (2017) First record of Rhyzobius forestieri (Mulsant) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) for the Azores archipelago and for Portugal.The Coleopterists Bulletin, 71(4), 796-797. DOI:10.1649/0010-065X-71.4.796 (IF2017 0,632; Q4 Entomology)
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