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: (IF2016 0,479; Q4 Biology)
Martins da Silva, P., Oliveira, J., Ferreira, A., Fonseca, F., Pereira, J.A., Aguiar, C.A.S., Serrano, A.R.M., Sousa, J.P. & Santos, S.A.P. (2017) Habitat structure and neighbor linear features influence more carabid functional diversity in olive groves than the farming system.
Ecological Indicators, 79, 128-138. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.022 (IF2016 3,898; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Nakamura, M., Godinho, R., Rio-Maior, H., Roque, S., Kaliontzopoulou, A., Bernardo, J., Castro, D., Lopes, S., Petrucci-Fonseca, F. & Álvares, F. (2017) Evaluating the predictive power of field variables for species and individual molecular identification on wolf noninvasive samples.European Journal of Wildlife Research, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10344-017-1112-7 (IF2016 1,264; Q2 Zoology)