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.
Rosa, G.M., Sabino-Pinto, J., Laurentino, T.G., Martel, A., Pasmans, F., Rebelo, R., Griffiths, R.A., Stöhr, A.C., Marschang, R.E., Price, S.J., Garner, T.W.J. & Bosch, J. (2017) Impact of asynchronous emergence of two lethal pathogens on amphibian assemblages.Scientific Reports, 7(43260), 1-10. DOI:10.1038/srep43260 (IF2015 5,228; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Ihlow, F., Courant, J., Secondi, J., Herrel, A., Rebelo, R., Measey, G.J., Lillo, F., De Villiers, A., Vogt, S., De Busschere, C., Backeljau, T. & Rödder, D. (2016) Impacts of climate change on the clobal invasion potential of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis.PLOS One, 11(6), e0154869. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0154869 (IF2015 3,057; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Martins, R.C., Catry, T., Rebelo, R., Pardal, S., Palmeirim, J.M., Granadeiro, J.P. (2016) Contrasting estuary-scale distribution of wintering and migrating waders: the potential role of fear.Hydrobiologia, 768(1), 211-222. DOI:10.1007/s10750-015-2549-x (IF2015 2,051; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)