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Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Island Arthropod Macroecology


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Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of the Azores

Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo

Terceira, Azores, Portugal

Email: cdrumonde73@gmail.com; cdrumonde@uac.pt

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Post-Doc Researcher

Catarina Alexandra Drumonde Melo

I received a PhD in Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from the University of Coimbra and I  am currently working in the IBBC group of cE3c. In the last 10 years I have developed a pioneering work on diversity of AMF community in different ecosystems of Azores (forest, grassland, agriculture). I am currently collaborating with some overlapping groups of colleagues specially working on AMF ecology, evolution and conservation - Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), University of Coimbra (Helena Freitas and Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Christopher Walker), Institute of Botany ASCR – Department of Mycorrhizal Symbioses (Claudia Kruger) and Canarian Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA) (Maria del Carmeo Jaizme-Vega). These collaboration are part of the research project (M3.1a/F/059/2016) funded by FCT  (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).

My current research is driven by the following objectives: 1) Overcome one of the most important  constraints in decision-making on biodiversity conservation related to the large number of AMF undescribed species, i.e., the so-called “Linnean shortfall”; 2) establish patterns of AMF diversity, abundance, and distribution at different spacial scales; 3)  given the ecological role of AMF in many ecosystem, try to understand the ecosystems service provides by these symbionts, and linking them to human well-being.

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