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)
Curveira-Santos, G., Marques, T.A., Björklund, M. & Santos-Reis, M. (2017) Mediterranean mesocarnivores in spatially structured managed landscapes: community organisation in time and space.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 237, 280-289. DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2016.12.037 (IF2015 3,564; Q1 Ecology)
Silva, A.P., Curveira-Santos, G., Kilshaw, K., Newman, C., Macdonald, D.W., Simões, L. & Rosalino, L.M. (2017) Climatic conditions and anthropogenic factors determine site occupancy in a range-edge badger population: implications for conservation under environmental change.Diversity and Distributions, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/ddi.12564 (IF2015 4,566; Q1 Ecology)