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., Harley, C.D.G., Faria, J., Vale, M., Hawkins, S.J., Neto, A.I. & Arenas, F. (2019) Direct and indirect effects of climate change squeeze the local distribution of a habitat-forming seaweed.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 626, 43-52. DOI:10.3354/meps13080 (IF2018 2,359; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Haroun, R., Gil-Rodríguez, M.C., Neto, A.I., Machín-Sanchez, M. & Viera-Rodríguez, M.A. (2019) A review of current uses and potential biotechnological applications of seaweeds from the Macaronesian region (Central-East Atlantic Ocean).Journal of Applied Phycology, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10811-019-01889-4 (IF2018 2,635; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Kellaris, A., Gil, A., Faria, J., Amaral, R., Moreu, I., Neto, A. & Yesson, C. (2019) Using low‐cost drones to monitor heterogeneous submerged seaweed habitats: A case study in the Azores.Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Online early, . DOI:10.1002/aqc.3189 (IF2018 2,935; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)