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.
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 (IF2019 0,922; 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 (IF2019 6,551; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Carreira, B.M., Segurado, P., Laurila, A. & Rebelo, R. (2020) Heat waves trigger swift changes in the diet and life-history of a freshwater snail.Hydrobiologia, 847, 999-1011. DOI:10.1007/s10750-019-04155-3 (IF2019 2,385; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)