The group includes 2 senior researchers, three Ph.D. students and one research grant holder. Until recently this group included two further PhD students, who have in the meantime successfully concluded their thesis. Starting as a group that studied mainly the impacts of invasive freshwater crayfish in amphibian communities, our interests have now a broader scope, but keeping the “herpetological” and “invasion ecology” main themes. Most of our fieldwork is also carried out in aquatic systems, with a main focus on temporary ponds.
Our herpetological background has also enabled some of us to start work on sea turtle ecology and conservation, a “minor” departure from the main group themes!
Currently, our research activity continues to be focused on several aspects of invasion ecology, trying to address several common subjects of this emerging discipline:
- Assessment of impacts of invasive aquatic animals, as well as of the responses from the native communities;
- Assessment of impacts of emergent diseases (most of them also the result of introductions/ expansions of pathogens out of their native ranges);
- Assessment of the interactions between invasives and climate change;
- Herpetofauna conservation ecology.
Rosário, I.T., Rebelo, R., Cardoso, P., segurado, P., Mendes, R.N. & Santos-Reis, M. (2019) Can geocaching be an indicator of cultural ecosystem services? The case of the montado savannah-like landscape.Ecological Indicators, 99, 375-386. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.12.003 (IF2017 3,983; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Fisher, M.C., Ghosh, P., Shelton, J.M.G., Bates, K., Brookes, L., Wierzbicki, C., Rosa, G.M., Farrer, R.A., Aanensen, D.M., Alvarado-Rybak, M., Bataille, A., Berger, L., Böll, S., Bosch, J., Clare, F.C., Courtois, E.A., Crottini, A., Cunningham, A.A., Doherty-Bone, T.M., Gebresenbet, F., Gower, D.J., Höglund, J., James, T.Y., Jenkinson, T.S., Kosch, T.A., Lambertini, A., Laurila, A., Lin, C-F., Loyau, A., Martel, A., Meurling, S., Miaud, C., Minting, P., Ndriantsoa, S., O’Hanlon, S.J., Pasmans, F., Rakotonanahary, T., Rabemananjara, F.C.E., Ribeiro, L.P., Schmeller, D.S., Schmidt, B.R., Skerratt, L., Smith, F., Soto-Azat, C., Tessa, G., Toledo, L.F., Valenzuela-Sánchez, A., Verster, R., Vörös, J., Waldman, B., Webb, R.J., Weldon, C., Wombwell, E., Zamudio, K.R., Longcore, J.E. & Garner, T.W.J. (2018) Development and wordwide use of non-lethal, and minimal population-level impact, protocols for the isolation of amphibian chytrid fungi.Scientific Reports, 8(7772), 1-8. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-24472-2 (IF2018 4,011; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Cocca, W., Rosa, G.M., Andreone, F., Aprea, G., Bergò, P.E., Mattioli, F., Mercurio, V., Randrianirina, J.E., Rosado, D., Vences, M. & Crottini, A. (2018) The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data.Salamandra, 54(3), 178-200. DOI: (IF2018 1,313; Q2 Zoology)