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; 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.
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.
Emerson, B.C., Casquet, J., López, H., Cardoso, P., Borges, P.A.V., Mollaret, N., Oromí, P., Strasberg, D. & Thébaud, C. (2017) A combined field survey and molecular identification protocol for comparing forest arthropod biodiversity across spatial scales.Molecular Ecology Resources, 17, 694–707. DOI:10.1111/1755-0998.12617 (IF2016 7,332; Q1 Ecology)
Borda-de-Água, L., Whittaker, R., Cardoso, P., Rigal, F., Santos, A.M.C., Amorim, I.R., Parmakelis, A., Triantis, K.A., Pereira, H. & Borges, P.A.V. (2017) Dispersal ability determines the scaling properties of species abundance distributions: a case study using arthropods from the Azores.Scientific Reports, 7, 3899. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-04126-5 (IF2016 4,259; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Cicconardi, F., Borges, P.A.V., Strasberg, D., Oromí, P., López, H., Perez-Delgado, A.J., Casquet, J., Caujape-Castells, J, Fernandez-Palacios, J.M., Thebaud, C. & Emerson, B.C. (2017) MtDNA metagenomics reveals large-scale invasion of belowground arthropod communities by introduced species.Molecular Ecology, 26, 3104-3115. DOI:10.1111/mec.14037 (IF2016 6,089; Q1 Ecology)