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.
de Vasconcelos, E.R.T.P.P., Vasconcelos, J.B., Reis, T.N., Cocentino, A.L.M., Mallea, A.J.A., Martins, G.M., Neto, A.I. & Fujii, M.T. (2019) Macroalgal responses to coastal urbanization: relative abundance of indicator species.Journal of Applied Phycology, 31(2), 893-903. DOI:10.1007/s10811-018-1639-3 (IF2017 2,401; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Ribeiro, C., Neto, A.I., Moreu, I., Haroun, R. & Neves, P. (2019) A new signal of marine tropicalization in the Macaronesia region: first record of the mesophotic macroalga Avrainvillea canariensis A. Gepp & E.S. Gepp in the Madeira archipelago.Aquatic Botany, 153, 40-43. DOI:10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.11.008 (IF2017 1,787; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Cacabelos, E., Thompson, R.C., Prestes, A.C.L., Azevedo, J.M.N., Neto, A.I. & Martins, G.M. (2019) Patchiness in habitat distribution can enhance biological diversity of coastal engineering structures.Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(1), 127-135. DOI:10.1002/aqc.2972 (IF2017 2,988; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)