The Island Aquatic Ecology Group includes 5 senior researchers, two with academic positions, and three with post-doctoral grants. The group includes seven Ph.D. students, two research grant holders, hired by research projects, and 12 international collaborators acting as Associated Research Fellows on several projects. The group also cooperates with local enterprises in joint R&D projects. The research activities of the group are focused on the Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Island Aquatic Ecosystems, fostering a sustainable use of their biodiversity. The group expects to contribute actively to the correct implementation of European maritime and environmental policies, improving the communication between researchers, policy makers, companies and the civil society. The ongoing research activities cover 4 basic priorities: coastal urbanization, climate change, invasive species, and resource exploitation.
The group investigates:
Sousa, A., Coelho, R.E., Costa, H., Lourenço, T.C., Azevedo, J.M.N. & Santos, C.F. (2023) Integrated climate, ecological and socioeconomic scenarios for the whale watching sector.Science of the Total Environment, 857(3), 159589. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.159589 (IF2021 10,754; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Ferreira, R., Steiner, L., Martín, V., Fusar Poli, F., Dinis, A., Kaufmann, M., Fernandez, M. & Alves, F. (2022) Unraveling site fidelity and residency patterns of sperm whales in the insular oceanic waters of Macaronesia.Frontiers in Marine Science, 9, 1021635. DOI:10.3389/fmars.2022.1021635 (IF2021 5,247; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Dionisio, M., Mendes, M., Fernandez, M., Nisi, V. & Nunes, N. (2022) Aqua: leveraging citizen science to enhance whale-watching activities and promote marine-biodiversity awareness.Sustainability, 14(21), 14203. DOI:10.3390/su142114203 (IF2021 3,889; Q3 Environmental Studies)