Jardim Botânico da Madeira – Eng. Rui Vieira
Caminho do Meio, Bom Sucesso
I am a biologist currently working at the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation IP-RAM (Madeira Government, Portugal). My research interests go from biogeography and island ecology to landsnails taxonomy and conservation. Recent research and published work include new land snails species descriptions from Desertas islands (Madeira archipelago, Portugal), faunistic studies in the Madeira archipelago and species conservation assessments of the emblematic endemic landsnails species from Madeira archipelago.
As a PhD student at the University of Madeira (Portugal), I am conducting an integrative study on spatial and temporal dynamics of the Madeiran land snails, with the purpose of evaluating the species response to climate and habitat shifting and the implications on their conservation. This study runs under the supervision of Prof. José Jesus (University of Madeira), Prof. Pedro Cardoso (Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki) and Prof. Kostas Triantis (University of Athens).
I am currently involved on the LIFE Recover Natura Project (2013-2019), as the coordinator for the inventory, conservation and monitoring actions directed to the landsnail communities from Desertas islands (Madeira, Portugal). I have performed similar functions at the LIFE project “Ilhéus do Porto Santo” (2010-2015).
Since July 2018, I am the Red List Coordinator of the IUCN Mid-Atlantic Islands Invertebrates Specialist Group (IUCN MAIISG).
I am also currently part of the LIBRe Laboratory for Integrative Biodiversity Research - a multidisciplinary group working under the Finnish Museum of Natural History – University of Helsinki, that focuses on ecology, biogeography, conservation biology and artificial intelligence.
Triantis, K.A., Rigal, F., Parent, C.E., Cameron, R.A.D., Lenzner, B., Parmakelis, A., Yeung, N.W., Alonso, M.R., Ibáñez, M., de Frias Martins, A.M., Teixeira, D.N.F., Griffiths, O.L., Yanes, Y., Hayes, K.A., Preece, R.C. & Cowie, R.H. (2016) Discordance between morphological and taxonomic diversity: land snails of oceanic archipelagos.Journal of Biogeography, 43, 2050-2061. DOI:10.1111/jbi.12757 (IF2016 4,248; Q1 Ecology)