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.
Vieira, C., Henriques, F., D’hondt, S., Neto, A.I., Almada, C.H., Kauffman, M., Sansón, M., Sangil, C., De Clerck, O., (2020) Lobophora (Dictyotales) species richness, ecology and biogeography across the North-eastern Atlantic archipelagos and description of two new species.Journal of Phycology, 56, 346-357. DOI:10.1111/jpy.12956 (IF2019 2,328; Marine & Freshwater Biology)
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, 22, 1169-1179. DOI:10.1007/s10530-019-02171-x (IF2019 3,087; 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 (IF2019 5,778; Q1 Environmental Sciences)