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:
Ribeiro, C., Neto, A.I., Moreu, I., Haroun, R. & Neves, P. (2019) A new signal of marine tropicalization in the Macaronesia region: First record of the mesophotic macroalga Avrainvillea canariensis A. Gepp & E.S. Gepp in the Madeira archipelago.Aquatic Botany, 153, 40-43. DOI:10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.11.008 (IF2017 1,787; Q1 Plant Sciences)
Cacabelos, E., Thompson, R.C., Prestes, A.C.L., Azevedo, J.M.N., Neto, A.I. & Martins, G.M. (2019) Patchiness in habitat distribution can enhance biological diversity of coastal engineering structures.Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(1), 127-135. DOI:10.1002/aqc.2972 (IF2017 2,988; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Oviedo, L., Fernández, M., Herra-Miranda, D., Pacheco-Polanco, J.D., Hernández-Camacho, C.J., Aurioles-Gamboa, D. (2018) Habitat partitioning mediates the coexistence of sympatric dolphins in a tropical fjord-like embayment.Journal of Mammalogy, 99(3), 554–564. DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyy021 (IF2016 1,630; Q2 Zoology)