The “Island Plant Ecology Group” includes 2 senior researchers (integrated members) (the leader, Auxiliary Professor at Azores University, and a post-doctoral researcher) and one field and laboratory technician. We are responsible for the Azores University Herbarium (AZU) and for the co-coordination of the ATLANTIS 3.1 database (vascular plants).
Research activity is focused on understanding the ecology of native island plant communities, with special emphasis on forests, and the conservation and management of native ecosystems. We are involved in several national and international research projects focusing our research on community ecology, vegetation dynamics, and impact of invasive species and climate change on plant biodiversity and vegetation distribution.
Pavão, D.C., Jevsenak, J., Petrillo, M., Camarinho, R., Rodrigues, A., Borges Silva, L., Elias, R.B. & Silva, L. (2021) Dendrochronological potential of the Azorean endemic gymnosperm Juniperus brevifolia (Seub.) Antoine.Dendrochronologia, 71, 125901. DOI:10.1016/j.dendro.2021.125901 (IF2020 2,691; Q1 Forestry)
Malumbres-Olarte, J., Rigal, F., Girardello, M., Cardoso, P., Crespo, L.C. , Amorim, I.R., Arnedo, M., Boieiro, M., Carvalho, J.C., Carvalho, R., Gabriel, R., Lamelas-Lopez, L., López, H., Paulo, O.S., Pereira, F., Pérez Delgado, A.J., Rego, C., Romeiras, M., Ros-Prieto, A., Oromí, P., Vieira, A., Emerson, B.C. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) Habitat filtering and inferred dispersal ability condition across-scale species turnover and rarity in Macaronesian island spider communities.Journal of Biogeography, 48(12), 3131-3144. DOI:10.1111/jbi.14271 (IF2020 4,324; Q1 Ecology)
Silva, L.D., Elias, R.B. & Silva, L. (2021) Modelling invasive alien plant distribution: a literature review of concepts and bibliometric analysis.Environmental Modelling & Software, 145, 105203. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105203 (IF2020 5,288; Q1 Computer science, interdisciplinary applications)