Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of the Azores
Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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I received a Ph.D. in Insect Ecology from the University of London (Imperial College) in 1997 and I am currently leading the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation research group (IBBC) and the Arthropod Macroecology Group of cE3c. In addition I am leading the Azorean Biodiversity Group in Azores (http://www.gba.uac.pt/). I participated in the development of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (http://azoresbioportal.uac.pt/), a web interface for communicating biodiversity research in the Azorean region to the public.
I am a professor of Ecology at the University of Azores. My research focuses on arthropod macroecology patterns and processes on island ecosystems.
For many years I have been involved in island research using as model system the Macaronesian islands and in particular Azores.
I am editor of the following Journals: Community Ecology; Biodiversity Data Journal; Insects; Arquipélago -Life and Marine Sciences, Açoreana, Vieraea.
I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of topics in island ecology, evolution and conservation, and on topics in macroecology and diversity theory. These collaborations have included various funded programs focused on: biogeography of islands group - BIG (led by M. Borregaard, University of Copenhagen, and 14 others); ISLANDS - Community Assembly on Remote Islands (led by Christophe Thébaud, CESAB -Center for Synthesis analysis of biodiversity).
I am currently Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group and member of the IUCN - Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group and the IUCN/SSC Monitoring Specialist Group.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) collect long-term ecological data to investigate the processes affecting patterns of species diversity, abundance and distribution at different spatial scales; ii) use Macaronesia as a model system to investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for shaping island biotas; iii) identify pathways that impact oceanic indigenous assemblages under global change for conservation purposes.
Tsafack, N., Fattorini, S., Boieiro, M., Rigal, F., Ros-Prieto, A., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) The role of small lowland patches of exotic forests as refuges of rare endemic azorean arthropods.Diversity, 13(9), 443. DOI:10.3390/d13090443 (IF2020 2,465; Q3 Ecology)
Costa, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) SLAM Project - Long term ecological study of the impacts of climate change in the natural forest of Azores: I - the spiders from native forests of Terceira and Pico Islands (2012-2019).Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, e69924. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e69924 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Wynne, J.J., Howarth, F.G., Mammola, S., Ferreira, R.L., Cardoso, P., Lorenzo, T.D., ... Amorim, I.R., Borges, P.A.V., …..& Zhao, Y. (2021) A conservation roadmap for the subterranean biome.Conservation Letters, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/conl.12834 (IF2020 8,105; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)