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.
Rull, V., Connor, S.E. & Elias, R.B. (2017) Potential natural vegetation and pre-anthropic pollen records on the Azores Islands in a Macaronesian context.Journal of Biogeography, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/jbi.13083 (IF2016 4,248; Q1 Ecology)
Borges Silva, L., Teixeira, A., Alves, M., Elias, R,B. & Silva, L. (2017) Tree age determination in the widespread woody plant invader Pittosporum undulatum.Forest Ecology and Managment , 400, 457-467. DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.027 (IF2016 3,064; Q1 Forestry)
Rando, J.C., Pieper, H., Olson, S.L., Pereira, F. & Alcover, J.A. (2017) A new extinct species of large bullfinch (Aves: Fringillidae: Pyrrhula) from Graciosa Island (Azores, North Atlantic Ocean).Zootaxa, 4282(3), 567-583. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4282.3.9 (IF2016 0,972; Q2 Zoology)