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:
Ávila, S., Cordeiro, R., Madeira, P., Silva, L., Medeiros, A., Rebelo, A., Melo, C., Neto, A.I., Haroun, R., Monteiro, A., Rijsdijk, K. & Johnson, M. (2018) Global change impacts on large-scale biogeographic patterns of marine organisms on Atlantic oceanic islands.Marine Pollution Bulletin, 126, 101-112. DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.10.087 (IF2017 3.241; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
Costa, T., Álvaro, N.M.V., Rodrigues, A., Neto, A.I. & Azevedo, J.M.N. (2018) Comparative population biology and reproduction of two sympatric crabs (Grapsidae) on Azores cobble beaches.Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 62(3), 169-177. DOI:10.1080/07924259.2018.1491428 (IF2017 3.622; Q3 Zoology)
Rebelo, A.C., Johnson, M.E., Quartau, R., Rasser, M.W., Melo, C., Madeira, P., Neto, A.I., Tempera, F. & Ávila, S.P. (2018) Modern coralline algal nodules from the insular shelf of Pico in the Azores (northeast Atlantic Ocean).Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 210, 7-17. DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2018.05.029 (IF2016 2,176; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)