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.
Aparício, B.A., Cascalho, J., Cruz, M.J., Borges, P.A.V., Azevedo, E.B., Elias, R.B. & Ascensão, F. (2018) Assessing the landscape functional connectivity using movement maps: a case study with endemic Azorean insects.Journal of Insect Conservation, 22, 257-265. DOI:10.1007/s10841-018-0059-7 (IF2017 1.562; Q2 Entomology)
Boieiro, M., Matthews, T.J., Rego, C., Crespo, L., Aguiar, C.A.S., Cardoso, P., Rigal, F., Silva, I., Pereira, F., Borges, P.A.V. & Serrano, A.R.M. (2018) A comparative analysis of terrestrial arthropod assemblages from a relict forest unveils historical extinctions and colonization differences between two oceanic islands.PLOS One, 13(4), e0195492. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0195492 (IF2017 2.766; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Borges Silva, L., Lourenço, P., Teixeira, A., Azevedo, E.B., Alves, M., Elias, R.B. & Silva, L. (2018) Biomass valorization in the management of woody plant invaders: the case of Pittosporum undulatum in the Azores.Biomass and Bioenergy, 109, 155-165. DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.12.025 (IF2017 3,358; Q1 Agricultural, Engineering)