The group includes 2 senior researchers, three Ph.D. students and one research grant holder. Until recently this group included two further PhD students, who have in the meantime successfully concluded their thesis. Starting as a group that studied mainly the impacts of invasive freshwater crayfish in amphibian communities, our interests have now a broader scope, but keeping the “herpetological” and “invasion ecology” main themes. Most of our fieldwork is also carried out in aquatic systems, with a main focus on temporary ponds.
Our herpetological background has also enabled some of us to start work on sea turtle ecology and conservation, a “minor” departure from the main group themes!
Currently, our research activity continues to be focused on several aspects of invasion ecology, trying to address several common subjects of this emerging discipline:
- Assessment of impacts of invasive aquatic animals, as well as of the responses from the native communities;
- Assessment of impacts of emergent diseases (most of them also the result of introductions/ expansions of pathogens out of their native ranges);
- Assessment of the interactions between invasives and climate change;
- Herpetofauna conservation ecology.
Ginal, P., Moreira, F.D., Marques, R., Rebelo, R. & Rödder, D. (2021) Predicting terrestrial dispersal corridors of the invasive African clawed frog Xenopus laevis in Portugal.NeoBiota, 64, 103-118. DOI:10.3897/neobiota.64.60004 (IF2020 3,684; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)
Silva, F., Duarte, A.M., Mendes, S., Borges, P., Magalhães, E., Pinto, F.R., Barroso, S., Neves, A., Sequeira, V., Vieira, A.R., Magalhães, M.F., Rebelo, R., Assis, C., Gordo, L.S. & Gil, M.M. (2021) Adding value to bycatch fish species captured in the portuguese coast - development of new food products.Foods, 10(1), 68. DOI:10.3390/foods10010068 (IF2020 4,350; Q2 Food Science & Tecnology)
Nunes, S.F., Mota-Ferreira, M., Sampaio, M., Andrade, J., Oliveira, N., Rebelo, R. & Rocha, R. (2021) Trophic niche changes associated with the eradication of invasive mammals in an insular lizard: an assessment using isotopes.Current Biology, , zoab038. DOI:10.3897/neobiota.64.60004 (IF2020 10,834; Q1 Cell Biology)