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.
Dubos, N., Morel, L., Crottini, A., Freeman, K., Honoré, L., Noël, L., Porton, I., Rendrirendry, G., Rosa, G.M. & Andreone, F. (2020) High interannual variability of a climate-driven amphibian community in a seasonal rainforest.Biodiversity and Conservation, 29, 893-912. DOI:10.1007/s10531-019-01916-3 (IF2019 2,935; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)
Anastácio, P.M., Ribeiro, F., Capinha, C., Banha, F., Gama, M., Filipe, A.F., Rebelo, R. & Sousa, R. (2019) Non-native freshwater fauna in Portugal: a review.Science of the Total Environment, 650, 1923-1934. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.251 (IF2019 6,551; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Hancock, J., Vieira, S., Lima, H., Schmitt, V., Pereira, J., Rebelo, R. & Girondot, M. (2019) Overcoming field monitoring restraints in estimating marine turtle internesting period by modelling individual nesting behaviour using capture-mark-recapture data.Ecological Modelling, 402, 76-84. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.04.013 (IF2019 2,497; Q2 Ecology)