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:
Martins, G.M., Matias, M.G., Moniz, I., Rius, C., Sanderson, J., Neto, A.I. & Jenkins, S.R. (2017) Post-settlement dispersal ability determines structure of marine benthic metacommunities.Marine Ecology Progress Series, Online early, . DOI:10.3354/meps12108 (IF2015 2,361; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Martins, G.M., Borges, C.D.G., Vale, M., Ribeiro, P.A., Ferraz, R.R., Martins, H.R., Santos, R.S. & Hawkins, S.J. (2017) Exploitation promotes earlier sex change in a protandrous patellid limpet, Patella aspera Röding, 1798.Ecology and Evolution, Online early, . DOI:10.1002/ece3.2925 (IF2015 2,537; Q2 Ecology)
Prestes, A.C.L., Cacabelos, E., Neto, A.I. & Martins, G.M. (2017) Temporal stability in macroalgal assemblage standing stock despite high species turnover.Marine Ecology Progress Series, 567, 249–256. DOI:10.3354/meps12039 (IF2015 2,361; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)