In the last years we have performed detailed reports of our activity. You can access all our reports and know more about our activity.
Report GBA 2016
In 2016, the main achievements of the 21 integrated members with Ph.D. of ABG-cE3c included 112 publications, 55 of which in International Indexed Journals with Impact Factor (49%). The mean Impact Factor in 2016 in SCI Journals was 2.355 (max = 5.84; Global Ecology and Biogeography); 25 publications are included in the first quartile (44% of the SCI publications). Our 20 external collaborators published an additional 21 publications with our affiliation.rnThirty-five projects run in 2016, 16 of which were coordinated by integrated members (see detailed list in the Appendix section): 13 received international funding, five were funded by National frunds from FCT, eight by regional funds from DRCT and nine were funded by other Agencies. These 35 projects (some of them finishing in 2016) brought about 927,000.00 Euros to the research group members. One of the most relevant project in 2016 was the organization of the ISLAND BIOLOGY 2016 congress that brought 400 researchers to the Azores (see more at http://www.islandbiology2016.uac.pt/)
Report GBA 2015
In 2015 the Azorean Biodiversity Group was recognized by the University of Azores as a regional Research Centre. At a national level, 2015 marks the official start of Azorean Biodiversity Group as a regional sub-group of the CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (cE3c), based in Lisbon and awarded with the Classification of EXCELLENT by FCT in December of 2014. cE3cs main objective is to perform research that addresses societal challenges in ecology, evolution and the environmentthe three Es in the centres name, for the 2015-2020 period covering the EU 2020 Horizon. The Azorean Biodiversity Group is sudivided in two main groups with specific objectives, the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography Conservation IBBC and the Island Environmental Risks Society IERS.rnIn 2015, the main achievements of the 20 integrated members with Ph.D. of ABG-cE3c included 76 publications, 39 of which in International Indexed Journals with Impact Factor (51%). The mean Impact Factor in 2015 in SCI Journals was 2,55 (max = 8,04; Global Change Biology); 16 publications follow in the first quartile (41% of the SCI publications). Our 14 external collaborators published an additional 15 publications with our affiliation.
Report GBA 2014
In December 2014 the FCT awarded the Classification of EXCELLENT to the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), having been the Azorean Biodiversity Group researchers included in this evaluation. Our 19 integrated members with Ph.D., Ph.D. students and collaborators, will be now part of a larger research centre, based in Lisbon, with 101 integrated members in which research questions will be addressed at both the continental and insular scales.rnDuring 2014 our affiliation was still associated with our past FCT research centre CITA-A. Main achievements by integrated members in 2014 included 97 publications, 39 of which in International Indexed Journals with Impact Factor (41%). The mean Impact Factor in 2013 in SCI Journals was 2.13, being 14 the publications in the first quartile (36% of the SCI publications).
Report GAB 2013
In the end of 2013 the Azorean Biodiversity Group was invited to be part of another FCT center, the CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (Ce3C), based in Lisbon. Ce3Cs main objective is to perform research that addresses societal challenges in ecology, evolution and the environmentthe three Es in the Centres name, for the 2015-2020 period covering the EU 2020 Horizon. Our 19 integrated members with Ph.D., plus Ph.D. students and collaborators will be now part of a large research centre, based in Lisbon, with 101 integrated members in which research questions will be addressed at both the continental and insular scales.The ABG had a steady growth in the number of projects, publications and personnel over these last six years (2008-2013), increasing six integrated members in 2008 to the current 19. In this period 25 senior researchers participated in the ABG ten with an academic position, one with a research contract, and 14 post-doctoral grant holders. In addition, 23 Ph.D. students and 13 research grant holders worked with the senior researchers. The group also worked with 18 International collaborators acting as Associated Research Fellows in several projects and publications.Main achievements by integrated members in 2013 included 44 publications, 25 of which being in International Indexed Journals with Impact Factor (57%). The mean Impact Factor in 2013 was 3.0, being the publications in high Impact Factor Journals (IF 3.0) in the area of Environmental Sciences - Ecology, corresponding to. 38% of the ISI publications (a total of 9 papers).Overall 357 publications were published between 2008 and 2013. The Integrated Members of Azorean Biodiversity Group published 131 ISI papers between 2008-2013, with an impact factor of up to 9,737 (PNAS paper). Particularly relevant is the fact that those publications in high Impact Factor Journals (IF 3.0 area Environmental Sciences - Ecology), equate to c. 35% of the ISI publications (a total of 45 papers). In the period 2008-2013, other main achievements included the publication of seven authored Books and nine edited Books, 67 books chapters, 46 outreach publications, 39 papers in peer-reviewed journals with no impact factor, 20 papers in Proceedings of Symposia, seven publications online and an additional 31 other type of publications.In these last six years the Azorean Biodiversity Group was substructured along several main research lines to achieve their integrated goals: i) species distribution and abundance (mainly bryophytes, arthropods and vascular plants) at different scales, performing multi-level evaluation of species extinction risk; ii) cave biodiversity and evolution, namely organisms that inhabit the extensive underground habitats of volcanic islands; iii) invasiveness and invasibility, investigating why some organisms are more prone to become established in the Azores, using ladybirds as model group; iv) ecological processes underlying small agro-ecosystems functioning in the islands in order to explore the use of autochthonous arthropods as natural crop protection and forestry resources; v) taxonomy, distribution, physiology and ecology of Azorean bryophytes; vi) unified theory of island biodiversity under the framework General Dynamic Model of Island Biogeography (GDM); and vii) promote nature conservancy, viii) impacts of environmental risk factors on human health and other island organisms; ix) sustainable development of insular agro-ecosystems and natural ecosystems; x) Integrated Pest Management to control and possibly eradicate the termite pest in island systems; xi) communication and cooperation between the scientific and technological community, decision makers and the general public.
Report GBA 2012
The year of 2012 was an excellent year for the Azorean Biodiversity Group (ABG- CITA-A).rnPublications: A total of 50 publications were published by our integrated members, 31 of which being in International Indexed Journals with Impact Factor (60%). This makes more than two publications by integrated member with a Ph.D., and about 1.5 ISI papers per integrated member with a Ph.D. To those 50 publications we can add 22 more with the affiliation of the ABG (CITA-A, University of Azores) published by our Associate Research Fellows. This high productivity is promoting the internationalization of the ABG (CITA-A, University of Azores)) and increasing the visibility of the group. This year will also be remembered by the creation of the Portuguese Platform for Enhancing Ecological Research Sustainability (PEERS), a research partnership between ABG (CITA-A; University of Azores; http://www.gba.uac.pt/), the Centre of Environmental Biology (University of Lisbon; http://cba.fc.ul.pt/), and the Centre of Functional Ecology (University of Coimbra; http://cfe.uc.pt/).