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.
Carreira, B.M., Segurado, P., Laurila, A. & Rebelo, R. (2017) Can heat waves change the trophic role of the world's most invasive crayfish? Diet shifts in Procambarus clarkii.PLOS One, 12(9), e0183108. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0183108 (IF2016 2,806; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Tiago, P., Gouveia, M.J., Capinha, C., Santos-Reis, M. & Pereira, H.M. (2017) The influence of motivational factors on the frequency of participation in citizen science activities.Nature Conservation, 18, 61-78. DOI:10.3897/natureconservation.18.13429 (IF2016 1,355; Q3 Biodiversity Conservaton)
Wackermannova, M.A., Horky, P., Amorim, M.C.P. & Fonseca, P.J. (2017) Computer-manipulated stimuli as a research tool in Mozambique tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus.Acta Ethologica, 20(2), 85-94. DOI:10.1007/s10211-017-0252-9 (IF2016 1,417; Q2 Zoology)