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)
Rego, C., Aguiar, A.M.F., Cravo, D. & Boieiro, M. (2017) Invasive fruit flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae) meet in a biodiversity hotspot.Journal of the Entomological Research Society, Accepted, . DOI: (IF2015 0,181; Q4 Entomology)
Borges, P.A.V., Amorim, I.R., Terzopoulou, S., Rigal, F., Emerson, B. & Serrano, A.R.M. (2017) Cryptic diversity in Azorean beetle genus Tarphius Erichson, 1845 (Coleoptera: Zopheridae): an integrative taxonomic approach with description of four new species.Zootaxa, Accepted, . DOI: (IF2015 0,994; Q2 Zoology)