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.
Wallon, S., Tsafack, N., Pozsgai, G., Melo, C., Borges, P.A.V. & Elias, R. (2023) Effects of a short-term temperature increase on arthropod communities associated with pastures.Biodiversity Data Journal, 11, e107385. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.11. e107385 (IF2022 1,3; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Borges Silva, L., Madeira, P., Pavão, D., Elias, R.B., Moura, M. & Silva, L. (2023) Vascular plant taxa occurrences in exotic woodland and in natural and production forests on the Islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico (Azores).Biodiversity Data Journal, 11, e109082. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.11.e109082 (IF2022 1,3; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Wallon, S., Melo, C., Tsafack, N., Elias, R.B. & Borges, P.A.V. (2023) Assessing the effects of climate change on arthropod abundance in Azorean pastures: PASTURCLIM project's baseline monitoring data.Biodiversity Data Journal, 11, e103723. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.11. e103723 (IF2022 1,3; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)