Subgroup Leader of Ecology of Tropical and Mediterranean Bats and Birds
In addition to 14 PhD members, the group includes a considerable number of project research assistants and doctoral and master students, which are a very important component of the team. To manage the group's wide range of research topics, it is organized into eight teams headed by a Principal Investigator.
Our research is focused on issues that are central to conservation ecology: the ecological consequences of fragmentation, species-habitat relationships and their modelling, impacts of climate change, problems of invasive species, and biodiversity friendly management of agro-ecosystems. Expertise in working with a diversity of organisms - ranging from arthropods to fish, reptiles, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - allows the group to address ecological questions using a diversity of model organisms, and to carry out multi taxa projects.
Most of our work is conducted in Mediterranean ecosystems, which hold a rich collection of biodiversity, but we also work in the tropics, particularly in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa, where historical and cultural links facilitate the cooperation with local researchers.
Oliveira, M., Freire, D. & Pedroso, N.M. (2017). Escherichia coli is not a suitable fecal indicator to assess water fecal contamination by otters.Brazilian Journal of Biology, Accepted, . DOI: (IF2015 0,559; Q4 Biology)
Cunha, M.V., Azorín, B., Peñuela, R.G., Albuquerque, T. & Botelho, A. (2017) Exposure of threatened accipitridae to Mycobacterium bovis calls for active surveillance.EcoHealth, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10393-017-1226-0 (IF2015 2,489; Q2 Environmental Sciences)
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)