Department of Biology, University of the Azores
Apartado 1422, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada
São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
H Index of Web of Science: 7
H Index Google: 15
I received a Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from the University of the Azores in 1997, with a thesis on the community structure of littoral marine fishes. My main teaching is at the undergraduate level, where I am responsible for Ichthology and Marine Mammal Biology.
I am strongly committed to leveraging the role of biodiversity research in the sustainable development of Europe’s overseas regions. In this context I coordinate the NetBiome-CSA project, involving 13 partners from 7 ORs and OCTs, including also Cape Verde. I am also coordinating the Macaronesian hub of the BEST III network, which is setting up biodiversity priorities and will facilitate funding for research and conservation in all biogeographic regions with European presence.
My research has been centered on the biology of fishes and their role in the ecosystems, and this has led me into freshwater, where I led a biomanipulation project. More recently I have added marine mammals to my list of research subjects. I am proud of having participated in setting up the MONICET platform for collecting and sharing cetacean distribution and photoidentification data collected by whale-watching companies.
In the near future, I see myself (1) working to coordinate biodiversity research and conservation across European overseas regions and territories, (2) helping develop an instrument to convert opportunistic observations of cetacean distribution into usable population estimates and distribution maps and (3) contributing to the development of methods to easily assess the role of fish on freshwater lakes.
Fernandez, M., Yesson, C., Gannier, A., Miller, P.I. & Azevedo, J.M.N. (2018) A matter of timing: how temporal scale selection influences cetacean ecological niche modelling.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 595, 217-231. DOI:10.3354/meps12551 (IF2017 2,276; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Costa, T., Álvaro, N.M.V., Rodrigues, A., Neto, A.I. & Azevedo, J.M.N. (2018) Comparative population biology and reproduction of two sympatric crabs (Grapsidae) on Azores cobble beaches.Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 62(3), 169-177. DOI:10.1080/07924259.2018.1491428 (IF2017 3,622; Q3 Zoology)
Cacabelos, E., Thompson, R.C., Prestes, A.C.L., Azevedo, J.M.N., Neto, A.I. & Martins, G.M. (2018) Patchiness in habitat distribution can enhance biological diversity of coastal engineering structures.Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Online early, . DOI:10.1002/aqc.2972 (IF2017 2,988; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)