The “Island Arthropod Macroecology Group” includes 6 senior researchers (integrated members), the leader holds an academic position, one has a contract as research technician, and four of whom hold post-doctoral grants. The group also includes five Ph.D. students and one research grant holders hired by specific research projects. In addition, eight International collaborators act as Associated Research Fellows on several projects as part of a network of experts in Island research. Three group members (PAV Borges; I. Amorim and F Rigal) are also members of the international Biodynamic Island Group (BIG) composed of 14 experts in island biogeography and based at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK.
The “Island Arthropod Macroecology” group’s research activity is focused on several distinct but complementary main research areas, with the ultimate goal of performing an comprehensive research in island arthropod (macro)ecology, biodiversity, biogeography and conservation:
- Taxonomy and distribution of Azorean beetles;
- Macroecological patterns in islands (SADs, SARs, local-regional patterns, biodiversity estimation, etc) using arthropods as model organisms and standardized long-term ecological data;
- Evolutionary ecology and diversification of endemic arthropods, including subterranean environment;
- Lepidoptera diversity and Odonata ecology