The “Island Plant Ecology Group” includes 2 senior researchers (integrated members) (the leader, Auxiliary Professor at Azores University, and a post-doctoral researcher) and one field and laboratory technician. We are responsible for the Azores University Herbarium (AZU) and for the co-coordination of the ATLANTIS 3.1 database (vascular plants).
Research activity is focused on understanding the ecology of native island plant communities, with special emphasis on forests, and the conservation and management of native ecosystems. We are involved in several national and international research projects focusing our research on community ecology, vegetation dynamics, and impact of invasive species and climate change on plant biodiversity and vegetation distribution.
Elias, R.B., Gil, A., Silva, L., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Azevedo, E.B. & Reis, F. (2016) Natural zonal vegetation of the Azores Islands: characterization and potential distribution.Phytocoenologia, 46(2), 107-123. DOI:10.1127/phyto/2016/0132 (IF2015 1,828; Q2 Plant Sciences)
Ferreira, M.T., Cardoso, P., Borges, P.A.V., Gabriel, R., Azevedo, E.B., Reis, F., Araújo, M.B. & Elias, R.B. (2016) Effects of climate change on the distribution of indigenous species in oceanic islands (Azores).Climatic Change, 138, 603–615. DOI:10.1007/s10584-016-1754-6 (IF2015 3,344; Q1 Atmospheric Science)
Vergílio, M., Fonseca, C., Calado, H., Borges, P.A.V., Elias, R.B., Gabriel, R., Martins. A.F. de, Azevedo, E.B. & Cardoso, P. (2016) Assessing the efficiency of protected areas to represent biodiversity: a small island case study.Environmental Conservation, 43(4), 337-349. DOI:10.1017/S037689291600014X (IF2015 2,235; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)