The “Animal Biodiversity, Evolution and Systematics” Group includes 4 researchers (integrated members), three holding post-doctoral grants. The group also includes 1 research grant holder hired by specific research projects and 5 collaborators.
Using diverse animal taxa from Iberia and southern Africa, the sun-group aims to:
(i) Examine the role of biogeography in the evolution of species;
(ii) Address the role of intrinsic biological and extrinsic environmental factors in shaping populations' genetic structure;
(iii) Study the impact of short-term events, like human-induced habitat changes and severe droughts, on the genetic variability of threatened animals;
(iv) Investigate the evolutionary processes leading to speciation, in particular, the genomic regions involved in the formation and persistence of incipient species;
(v) Use natural history collections to analyse biodiversity patterns in time and space, especially with respect to environmental and human factors.
Additionally, this sub-group is also deeply involved in:
(i) Promote digital accessibility of biodiversity data and produce associated digital contents for education and outreach;
(ii) Develop outreach projects such as exhibitions, conferences and other events for general audiences;
(iii) Promote informal education projects on natural sciences.
Mateus, C.S., Almeida, P.R., Mesquita, N., Quintella, B.R. & Alves, M.J. (2016) European lampreys: new insights on postglacial colonization, gene flow and speciation.PLOS One, 11(2), e0148107. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0148107 (IF2015 3,057; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Gante, H.F., Doadrio, I., Alves, M.J. & Dowling, T.E (2015) Semi-permeable species boundaries in Iberian barbels (Barbus and Luciobarbus, Cyprinidae).BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, 111. DOI:10.1186/s12862-015-0392-3 (IF2015 3,406; Q2 Evolutionary Biology)
Gkenas, C., Gago, J., Mesquita, N., Alves, M.J. & Ribeiro F. (2015) First record of Silurus glanis Linnaeus, 1758 in Portugal (Iberian Peninsula).Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 2015, 1-3. DOI:10.1111/jai.12806 (IF2015 0,783; Q3 Marine & Freshwater Biology)