My research focuses on the study of the Biodiversity of Azorean Bryophytes, at two different levels: conservation and taxonomy. As far as conservation goes, I am interested in the degree of threat of different conservation concern species and, using standardized community studies of different Azorean native forests, I indicate the best scales for the conservation of bryophytes and the delimitation of reserved areas for the protection of these species. Taxonomically I have been working in the analysis and identification of different bryophytes, coming from different collections, mostly working in groups in need of a taxonomical revision (eg. Fissidens genus). I have also been involved in the production of pictures to place in the Azorean Biodiversity Portal.
Aranda, S.C., Hespanhol, H., Homem, N., Borges, P.A.V., Lobo, J.M. & Gabriel, R. (2015) The iterative process of plant species inventorying to obtain reliable biodiversity patterns.Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 177, 491-503. DOI:10.1111/boj.12259 (IF2015 2,523; Q1 Plant Sciences)