The Island Aquatic Ecology Group includes 5 senior researchers, two with academic positions, and three with post-doctoral grants. The group includes seven Ph.D. students, two research grant holders, hired by research projects, and 12 international collaborators acting as Associated Research Fellows on several projects. The group also cooperates with local enterprises in joint R&D projects. The research activities of the group are focused on the Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Island Aquatic Ecosystems, fostering a sustainable use of their biodiversity. The group expects to contribute actively to the correct implementation of European maritime and environmental policies, improving the communication between researchers, policy makers, companies and the civil society. The ongoing research activities cover 4 basic priorities: coastal urbanization, climate change, invasive species, and resource exploitation.
The group investigates:
Haroun, R., Gil-Rodríguez, M.C., Neto, A.I., Machín-Sanchez, M. & Viera-Rodríguez, M.A. (2019) A review of current uses and potential biotechnological applications of seaweeds from the Macaronesian region (Central-East Atlantic Ocean).Journal of Applied Phycology, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s10811-019-01889-4 (IF2018 2,635; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Salehi, B., Iriti, M., Vitalini, S., Antolak, H., Pawlikowska, E., Kręgiel, D., Sharifi-Rad, J., Oyeleye, S.I., Ademiluyi, A.O., Czopek, K., Staniak, M., Custódio, L., Coy-Barrera, E., Segura-Carretero, A., Cádiz-Gurrea, M.L., Capasso, R., Cho, W.C. & Seca, A.M.L. (2019) Euphorbia-derived natural products with potential for use in health maintenance Maintenance.Biomolecules, 9(8), 337. DOI:10.3390/biom9080337 (IF2018 4,694; Q1 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Silva, P.T.M., Silva, M.A.F., Silva, L. & Seca, A.M.L. (2019) Ethnobotanical knowledge in Sete Cidades, Azores Archipelago: first ethnomedicinal report.Plants-Basel, 8(8), E256. DOI:10.3390/plants8080256 (IF2018 2,632; Q2 Plant Sciences)