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.
Newton, A., Brito, A.C., Icely, J.D., Derolez, V., Clara, I., Angus, S., Schernewski, G., Inácio, M., Lillebø, A.I., Sousa, A.I., Béjaoui, B., Solidoro, C., Tosic, M., Cañedo-Argüelles, M., Yamamuro, M., Reizopoulou, S., Tseng, H.-C., Canu, D., Roselli, L., Maanan, M., Cristina, S., Ruiz-Fernández, A.C., Lima, R.F.D., Kjerfve, B., Rubio-Cisneros, N., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Marcos, C., Pastres, R., Pranovi, F., Snoussi, M., Turpie, J., Tuchkovenko, Y., Dyack, B., Brookes, J., Povilanskas, R. & Khokhlov, V. (2018) Assessing, quantifying and valuing the ecosystem services of coastal lagoons.Journal for Nature Conservation, 44, 50-65. DOI:10.1016/j.jnc.2018.02.009 (IF2017 1.971; Q2 Biodiversity Conservation)
Strauß, L., Lima, R.F., Riesbeck, F. & Rödel, M.O. (2018) São Tomé Island Endemic Treefrogs (Hyperolius spp.) and land-Use Intensification: A Tale of Hope and Caution.Tropical Conservation Science, 11, 1-14. DOI:10.1177/1940082918776434 (IF2017 1.149; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Lewis, T.C., Melo, M., Lima R.F. & Bremner-Harrison, S. (2018) Habitat associations of the Critically Endangered São Tomé Fiscal Lanius newtoni: comparing standard and play-back-confirmed point counts.African Journal of Ecology, 56, 404-408. DOI:10.1111/aje.12445 (IF2017 0.797; Q4 Ecology)