Azorean Biodiversity Group researcher is now member of the CESAB Project - ISLANDS

The investigator Paulo A. V. Borges of the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A) is now one of the investigators associated with the French research project "ISLANDS -Community Assembly on Remote Islands: Does the Equilibrium Theory Apply?" led by Christophe Thebaud, and funded by CESAB - Center for Synthesis analysis of biodiversity.

In the last week Paulo A. V. Borges participated with 12 other investigators of several countries in a workshop, contributing with Azores research in ecology and biogeography to evaluate the importance of historical factors sensu lato, including the evolutionary dynamics of colonist lineages, in the buildup of island ecological communities, by focusing on a wide array of organisms and archipelagoes.

Two collaborators of Azorean Biodiversity Group, Kostas A. Triantis and Robert Whittaker, belong also to the team of this research project.

The project will also aim at formulating a new general theory of island biogeography that will be closer to empirical observations and will allow a better appreciation of the heritage value of biodiversity in insular environments.

Thus, the Azorean Biodiversity Group is now represented in two major international projects that aim to develop new theories of biodiversity on oceanic islands, this project led by French researchers and funded by CESAB, and the BIG project led by researchers based at the University of Oxford (see more in