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:
Fernandez, M., Alves, F., Ferreira, R., Fischer, J., Thake, P., Nunes, N., Caldeira, R. & Dinis, A. (2021) Modeling fine-scale cetaceans’ distributions in oceanic islands: Madeira archipelago as a case study.Frontiers in Marine Science, Online early, . DOI:10.3389/fmars.2021.688248 (IF2020 4,912; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Neto, A.I.A., Parente, M.I., Cacabelos, E., Costa, A.C., Botelho, A.Z., Ballesteros, E., Monteiro, S., Resendes, R., Afonso, P., Prestes, A.C.L., Patarra, R.F., Álvaro, N.V., Mila-Figueras, D., Neto, R.M.A., Azevedo, J.M.N. & Moreu, I. (2021) Marine algal flora of Santa Maria Island, Azores.Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, e61909. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e61909 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Casas, E., Fernandez, M., Gil, A., Yesson, Chris., Prestes, A., Moreu-Badia. I., Neto, A.I. & Arbelo, M. (2021) Macroalgae niche modelling: a two-step approach using remote sensing and in situ observations of a native and an invasive Asparagopsis.Biological Invasions, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10530-021-02554-z (IF2020 3,133; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)