Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of the Azores
Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
H Index of Web of Science: 38
H Index Google: 50
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.
Brush, M., Matthews, T.J., Borges, P.A.V. & Harte, J. (2022) Land use change through the lens of macroecology: insights from Azorean arthropods and the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology.Ecography, 5, e06141. DOI:10.1111/ecog.06141 (IF2020 5,992; Q1 Ecology)
Tsafack, N., Gabriel, R., Elias, R.B., Boieiro, M., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2022) Arthropods and other biota associated with the Azorean trees and shrubs: Laurus azorica (Seub) Franco (Magnoliophyta, Magnoliopsida, Laurales, Lauraceae).Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e80088. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e80088 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Borges, P.A.V., Lamelas-Lopez, L., Stüben, P.E., Ros-Prieto, A., Gabriel, R., Boieiro, M., Tsafack, N. & Ferreira, M.T. (2022) SLAM Project - Long Term Ecological Study of the Impacts of Climate Change in the Natural Forest of Azores: II - A survey of exotic arthropods in disturbed forest habitats.Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e81410. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e81410 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)