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.
Licata, F., Bergò, P.E., Edmonds, D., Andreone, F. & Rosa, G.M. (2023) Spatial ecology of an arboreal iguana (Oplurus cyclurus) in a treeless landscape.Animals, 13(20), 3198. DOI:10.3390/ani13203198 (IF2022 3,0; Q1 Veterinary Sciences)
Sequeira, V., De Sousa, I.G.M., Neves, A., Vieira, A., Silva, E., Silva, F., Duarte, A.M., Mendes, S., Ganhão, R., Assis, C.A., Rebelo, R., Magalhães, M.F., Gil, M.M. & Gordo, L.S. (2023) Increasing biological knowledge for better management of by-catch species: age, growth, and mortality of piper and red gurnards (Teleostei: Triglidae).Scientia Marina, 87(1), e060. DOI:10.3989/scimar.05308.060 (IF2021 2,170; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Raposo, C., Mestre, J., Rebelo, R., Regalla, A., Davies, A., Barbosa, C. & Patrício, A. R. (2023) Spatial distribution of inter-nesting green turtles from the largest Eastern Atlantic rookery and overlap with a marine protected area.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 703, 161-175. DOI:10.3354/meps14225 (IF2021 2,915; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)