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.
Appel, G., López-Baucells, A., Magnusson, W.E. & Bobrowiec, P.E.D. (2017) Aerial insectivorous bat activity in relation to moonlight intensity.Mammalian Biology, 85, 37-46. DOI:10.1016/j.mambio.2016.11.005 (IF2016 1,429; Q2 Zoology)
Clemente, A.S., Müller, J.V., Almeida, E., Costa, C.A., Lobo Dias, S., Magos Brehm, J., Rebelo, R. & Martins-Loução, M.A. (2017) What can routine germination tests in seed banks tell us about the germination ecology of endemic and protected species?Botany, 95(7), 673-684. DOI:10.1139/cjb-2017-0003 (IF2016 1,224; Q3 Plant Sciences)
Silva, J.P., Moreira, F. & Palmeirim, J.M. (2017) Spatial and temporal dynamics of lekking behaviour revealed by high resolution GPS tracking.Animal Behaviour, 129, 197-204. DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.05.016 (IF2016 2,869; Q2 Behavioral sciences)