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.
Macías-Hernández, N., Ramos, C., Domènech, M, Febles, S., Santos, I., Arnedo, M.A., Borges, P.A.V., Emerson, B. & Cardoso, P. (2020) A database of functional traits for spiders from native forest of the Iberian Peninsula and Macaronesia.Biodiversity Data Journal, 8, e49159. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e49159 (IF2018 1,029; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Melo, C.D., Pimentel, R., Walker, C., Rodriguez-Echeverria, S., Freitas, H. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Diversity and distribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi along a land use gradient in Terceira Island (Azores).Mycological Progress, , . DOI:Accepted (IF2018 2; Q3 Mycology)
Rocha, R., Borges, P.A.V., Cardoso, P., Kusrini, M.D., Martín-Esquivel, J.L., Menezes, D., Mota-Ferreira, M., Nunes, S.F., Órfão, I., Serra-Gonçalves, C., Sim-Sim, M., Spúlveda, P., Teixeira, D. & Traveset, A. (2020) Stone-stacking as a looming threat to rock-dwelling biodiversity.Human-Wildlife Interactions, 14(1), 1-6. DOI:10.26077/secn-2a27 (IF2018 1,115; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)