BALA - Biodiversity of Arthropods Laurisilva of Azores 2014
This prize will be awarded every year to the most influent researcher generating data or analyses in the BALA Project
Kostas A. Triantis started his independent scientific career in Univ. of Oxford U.K. (February 2007 to July 2008) as a Marie-Curie Research Fellow. He started a Post-Doc in Univ. of Azores in November 2008 and in the following years participated in three of the ten Most Cited papers of the ABG (http://www.gba.uac.pt/noticias/ver.php?id=133). He also leaded one of the most influential paper of ABG, published in 2010 in Ecography (*). Between 2009 and 2013 Kostas Triantis participated on 26 publications affiliated to ABG, 20 of them in SCI Journals. He also actively participated in the writing of two successful FCT competitive projects, one of them to resample 30 BALA plots in 2010. Kostas is now an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Athens (Greece).
*Triantis, K.A., Borges, P.A.V., Ladle, R.J., Hortal, J., Cardoso, P., Gaspar, C., Dinis, F., Mendonça, E., Silveira, L.M.A., Gabriel, R., Melo, C., Santos, A.M.C., Amorim, I.R., Ribeiro, S.P., Serrano, A.R.M., Quartau, J.A. & Whittaker, R.J. (2010). Extinction debt on oceanic islands. Ecography, 33: 285-294. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06203.x. (IF2013: 4.207; Q1 Ecology) (http://hdl.handle.net/10400.3/1712).
The Associate Collaborators Prize 2014
This year we decided to highlight the important contribution of our Associated Collaborator, Simone Fattorini, for the international promotion of the Azorean Biodiversity Group. Since 2010 Simone is actively collaborating with Azorean Biodiversity Group, with three visits to Terceira to develop some publications about Azorean biodiversity. In the last years he published four papers with Azorean arthropod data and in total he published an impressive number of 45 papers in SCI journals with ABG affiliation.
Simone Fattorini is an independent Italian researcher that is a teacher of mathematics and science in a middle school at Rome. He is an ecologist and a zoologist with broad interests, involving insect biogeography, ecology and conservation in island, coastal and urban ecosystems. He is also interested in the study of vertebrate and invertebrate macroecological patterns. He has taught Applied Ecology at “Roma Tre” University and he has worked at the Italian Agency for the Environmental Protection (now ISPRA).
The Events 2014
This prize will be awarded every year to the investigator that leaded an event of high relevance promoting the visibility of ABG
This year the prize goes for the main promoters of the Azorean Biodiversity Group Facebook webpage (https://www.facebook.com/azoreanbiodiversitygroup?ref=hl)
Enésima Mendonça, Artur Gil, Carla Rego and Orlando Guerreiro, are frequently posting important news on international relevant biodiversity publications, events or software.
This facebook page was created in December 2013 and has 1029 likes. Of these the vast majority are Portuguese, followed by the Spanish and North Americans. But we come to countries such as Venezuela, Brazil, Austria, Netherlands, Austalia, Japan, Kenya, Vietnam, etc. In the last three months GBA Facebook page had a daily average of 218 people to view any content associated with it.
The Most Productive Young Researcher 2014
This prize will be awarded every year to the most productive young researcher of the ABG Group
Artur Gil was the most productive post-doc young researcher of the ABG Group in last years, with six SCI papers in 2014 and 15 SCI papers since 2011. Artur Gil is a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in Remote Sensing of the Environment being based in the Department of Biology of the University of the Azores. His current research is focused on the use of Satellite Remote Sensing and Data Modelling for decision support on Land Management and Environmental Planning in Macaronesian Islands.