Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of the Azores
Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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I received a Ph.D. in Insect Ecology from the University of London (Imperial College) in 1997 and I am currently leading the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation research group (IBBC) and the Arthropod Macroecology Group of cE3c. In addition I am leading the Azorean Biodiversity Group in Azores (http://www.gba.uac.pt/). I participated in the development of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (http://azoresbioportal.uac.pt/), a web interface for communicating biodiversity research in the Azorean region to the public.
I am a professor of Ecology at the University of Azores. My research focuses on arthropod macroecology patterns and processes on island ecosystems.
For many years I have been involved in island research using as model system the Macaronesian islands and in particular Azores.
I am editor of the following Journals: Community Ecology; Biodiversity Data Journal; Arquipélago -Life and Marine Sciences, Açoreana, Vieraea.
I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of topics in island ecology, evolution and conservation, and on topics in macroecology and diversity theory. These collaborations have included various funded programs focused on: biogeography of islands group - BIG (led by M. Borregaard, University of Copenhagen, and 14 others); ISLANDS - Community Assembly on Remote Islands (led by Christophe Thébaud, CESAB -Center for Synthesis analysis of biodiversity). I am currently Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) collect long-term ecological data to investigate the processes affecting patterns of species diversity, abundance and distribution at different spatial scales; ii) use Macaronesia as a model system to investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for shaping island biotas; iii) identify pathways that impact oceanic indigenous assemblages under global change for conservation purposes.
Matthews, T.J., Borges, P.A.V., Azevedo, E.B. & Whittaker, R.J. (2017) A biogeographical perspective on species abundance distributions: recent advances and opportunities for future research.Journal of Biogeography, Online Early, . DOI:10.1111/jbi.13008 (IF2015 3,997; Q1 Ecology)
Patiño, J., Whittaker, R.J., Borges P.A.V., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Ah-Peng, C., Araújo, M., Ávila, S., Cardoso, P., Cornuault, J., Boer, E. de, Nascimento, Lea de, Gil, A., Gonzáalez, A., Gruner, D.S., Heleno, R., Hortal, J., Illera, J.C., Kaiser-Bunbury, C., Matthews, T., Papadopoulou, A., Pettorelli, N., Price, J., Santos, A.M.C., Steinbauer, M., Triantis, K.A., Valente, L., Vargas, P., Weigelt, P. & Emerson, B.C. (2017) A roadmap for island biology: 50 fundamental questions after 50 years of The Theory of Island Biogeography.Journal of Biogeography, 44, 963–983. DOI:10.1111/jbi.12986 (IF2015 3,997; Q1 Ecology)
Picanço, A., Gil. A., Rigal, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2017) Pollination services mapping and economic valuation from insect communities: a case study in the Azores (Terceira Island).Nature Conservation, Accepted, . DOI: (IF2015 1.120; Q3 Biodiversity Conservaton)