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.
Verdasca, M.J., Godinho, R., Rocha, R.G., Portocarrero, M., Carvalheiro, L.G., Rebelo, R. & Rebelo, H. (2021) A metabarcoding tool to detect predation of the honeybee Apis mellifera and other wild insects by the invasive Vespa velutina.Journal of Pest Science, Online early, . DOI:0.1007/s10340-021-01401-3 (IF2020 5,918; Q1 Entomology)
Ascensão, F., D'Amico, M., Martins, R.C., Rebelo, R., Barbosa, A.M., Bencatel, J., Barrientos, R., Abellán, P., Tella, J.L., Cardador, L., Anadón, J.D., Carrete, M., Murgui, E., Fernandes, P., Santos, S.M., Mira, A., da Luz Mathias, M., Tiago, P., Casabella, E., Reino, L., Paulo, O.S., Pereira, H.M. & Capinha, C. (2021) Distribution of alien tetrapods in the Iberian Peninsula.Biota Neotropica, 64, 1-21. DOI:10.3897/neobiota.64.55597 (IF2020 1,404; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Capichoni Massante, J., Köbel, M., Pinho, P., Gerhold, P., Branquinho, C. & Nunes, A. (2021) Phylogenetic structure of understorey annual and perennial plant species reveals opposing responses to aridity in a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot.Science of the Total Environment, 761, 144018. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144018 (IF2020 7,963; Q1 Environmental Sciences)