The “Island Plant Ecology Group” includes 2 senior researchers (integrated members) (the leader, Auxiliary Professor at Azores University, and a post-doctoral researcher) and one field and laboratory technician. We are responsible for the Azores University Herbarium (AZU) and for the co-coordination of the ATLANTIS 3.1 database (vascular plants).
Research activity is focused on understanding the ecology of native island plant communities, with special emphasis on forests, and the conservation and management of native ecosystems. We are involved in several national and international research projects focusing our research on community ecology, vegetation dynamics, and impact of invasive species and climate change on plant biodiversity and vegetation distribution.
Malumbres-Olarte, J., Boieiro, M., Cardoso, P., Carvalho, R., Crespo, L.C., Gabriel, R., Hernández, N.M., Paulo, O.S., Pereira, F., Rego, C., Ros-Prieto, A., Silva, I., Vieira, A., Rigal, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Standardised inventories of spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) of Macaronesia II: the native forests and dry habitats of Madeira archipelago (Madeira and Porto Santo islands).Biodiversity Data Journal, 8, e47502. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e47502 (IF2018 1,029; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Elias, R.B., Brito, M.R., Pimentel, C.M.M., Nogueira, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2019) Biota from the coastal wetlands of Praia da Vitória (Terceira, Azores, Portugal): Part 4 - Vascular plants.Biodiversity Data Journal, 7, e38687. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.7.e38687 (IF2018 1,029; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Câmara, S.C., Dapkevicius, A., Riquelme, C., Elias, R.B., Silva, C.C.G., Malcata F.X. & Dapkevicius, M.L.N.E (2019) Potential of lactic acid bacteria from Pico cheese for starter culture development.Food Science and Technology International, 25(4), 303-317. DOI:10.1177/1082013218823129 (IF2018 1,221; Q3 Food Science & Technology)