Department of Biology, University of the Azores
Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada
São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
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I received a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of the Azores in 1997 and I am currently leading the Island Aquatic Ecology Research Group of the IBBC Group of cE3c. I am an associated lecturer of Marine Biology at the University of the Azores, where I teach courses at undergraduate, Master and PhD levels and coordinate the Herbarium AZB Ruy Telles Palinha of DB/UAç.
With a background on marine botany and coastal ecology, and having started with studies of characterization of Azorean coastal communities, I have a well-established expertise in marine macroalgae and in the ecology of coastal habitats. I am experienced in coordinating, managing and executing national and international projects and scientific events. Through the projects I have coordinated and participated, I have consolidated national and international collaborations with colleagues working on a range of topics in coastal ecology, evolution and conservation.
My current research is driven by four overarching objectives:(i) the ecological mechanisms involved in structuring littoral communities; (ii) how temporal variations in diversity of coastal communities reflect the isolation of the Azores islands; (iii) how changes in coastal habitats influence local and regional patterns of biodiversity; (iv) how habitat enhancements can increase the abundance of ecologically and economically important littoral resources.
Cacabelos, E., Martins, G.M., Faria, J., Prestes, A.C.L., Costa, T.M.M., Moreu, I. & Neto, A.I. (2020) Limited effects of marine protected areas on the distribution of invasive species, despite positive effects on diversity in shallow-water marine communities.Biological Invasions, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10530-019-02171-x (IF2018 2,897; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)
Torres, P., Rodrigues, A., Prestes, A.C.L., Neto, A.I., Álvaro, N. & Martins, G.M. (2020) The Azorean edible abalone Haliotis tuberculata, an alternative heavy metal-free marine resource?Chemosphere, 242(125177), 1-9. DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125177 (IF2018 5,108; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Patarra, R.F., Iha, C., Pereira, L. & Neto, A.I. (2020) Concise review of biological data on Pterocladiella capillacea (S.G. Gmelin) Santelices & Hommersand.Journal of Applied Phycology, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10811-019-02009-y (IF2018 2,635; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)