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.
Martins, G.M., Matias, M.G., Moniz, I., Rius, C., Sanderson, J., Neto, A.I. & Jenkins, S.R. (2017) Post-settlement dispersal ability determines structure of marine benthic metacommunities.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 569, 15-23. DOI:10.3354/meps12108 (IF2016 2,292; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Prestes, A.C.L., Cacabelos, E., Neto, A.I. & Martins, G.M. (2017) Temporal stability in macroalgal assemblage standing stock despite high species turnover.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 567, 249–256. DOI:10.3354/meps12039 (IF2016 2,292; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Bertocci, I., Arenas, F., Cacabelos, E., Martins, G.M., Seabra, M.I., Álvaro, N.V., Fernandes, J.N., Gaião, R., Mamede, N., Mulas, M. & Neto, AI (2017) Nowhere safe? Exploring the influence of urbanization across mainland and insular seashores in continental Portugal and the Azorean Archipelago.Marine Pollution Bulletin, 114, 644-655. DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.10.045 (IF2016 3,146; Q1 Environmental Sciences)