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.
Carreira, B.M., Segurado, P., Laurila, A. & Rebelo, R. (2017) Can heat waves change the trophic role of the world's most invasive crayfish? Diet shifts in Procambarus clarkii.PLOS One, 12(9), e0183108. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0183108 (IF2016 2,806; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Goncalves, V., Gherardi, F. & Rebelo, R. (2017) Bivalve or gastropod? Using profitability estimates to predict prey choice by P. clarkii.Acta Ethologica, 20(2), 107-117. DOI:10.1007/s10211-017-0251-x (IF2016 1,417; Q2 Zoology)
Hancock, J., Furtado, S., Merino, S., Godley, B.J. & Nuno, A. (2017) Exploring drivers and deterrents of the illegal consumption and trade of marine turtle products in Cape Verde, and implications for conservation planning.Oryx, 51(3), 428-436. DOI:10.1017/S0030605316000107 (IF2016 2,191; Q2 Biodiversity Conservation)