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.
Listopad, C.M.C.S., Köbel, M., Príncipe, A., Gonçalves, P. & Branquinho, C. (2018) The effect of grazing exclusion over time on structure, biodiversity, and regeneration of high nature value farmland ecosystems in Europe.Science of the Total Environment, 610-611, 926-936. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.018 (IF2016 4,900; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Vieira, J., Matos, P., Mexia, T., Silva, P., Lopes, N., Freitas, C., Correia, O., Santos-Reis, M., Branquinho, C. & Pinho, P. (2018) Green spaces are not all the same for the provision of air purification and climate regulation services: The case of urban parks.Environmental Research, 160, 306-313. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2017.10.006 (IF2016 3,835; Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health)
Mexia, T., Vieira, J., Príncipe, A., Anjos, A., Silva, P., Lopes, N., Freitas, C., Santos-Reis, M., Correia, O., Branquinho, C. & Pinho, P. (2018) Ecosystem services: urban parks under a magnifying glass.Environmental Research, 160, 469-478. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2017.10.023 (IF2016 3,835; Q1 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health)