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Island Biology Congress - Hawaii 2014

Researchers of the Azorean Biodiversity Group participated in the first Congress of ISLAND BIOLOGY, held in Hawaii in July 2014.

About 400 participants contributed to a dynamic congress in which it was evident that islands remain a unique laboratory to test ecological, evolutionary and biogeographical theories. 

As a result of the devastating effects of human colonization, island ecosystems face severe threats, and island conservation should be considered vital at international level.

Two important follow-ups of this congress are the creation of a E-Platform for Island Studies in which the Azorean Biodiversity Group will participate in the main Workgroup and the need for the creation of an "International Society for Island Biology"

Moreover, it was cbcluded that cross-island collaborations and data sharing can be strengthened.

In this event several talks were performed by the Azorean Biodiversity Group team:

"Emergent properties in island species community assembly: relating species abundance distributions (SADs) with oceanic islands biogeographical variables"

Paulo A. V. Borges, Matthews, T.J., Borda-de-Água, L., Cardoso, P., Rigal, F., Triantis, K.A., Whittaker,R.J., Borregard, M., Fattorini, S., Hortal, J., Santos,, A.M.C., Lobo, J.M., Florencio, M. Rego, C., Boieiro, M., Crespo, L., Serrano, A.R.M., Amorim, I.R., Parmakelis, A., Elias, R.B., López, H., Oromí, P., Pérez, A.J., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Otto, R., Fernández Lugo,S., Nascimento, L. de, Caujapé-Castells, J., Sadeyen ,A.M., Thébaud, C., Strasberg, D., Emerson, B.C.

"Biotic homogenisation and resistance to invasions on oceanic islands" 

Margarita Florencio, Jorge M Lobo, Pedro Cardoso, François Rigal, Mario Almeida-Neto, Eduardo Brito de Azevedo, Paulo AV Borges

"Variation in bryophyte community structure at different spatial scales along five elevational gradients in islands"

Rosalina Gabriel, Jacques Bardat, Olivier Flores, Juana Gonzalez Mancebo, Terry Hedderson, Dominique Strasberg, Silvia Calvo Aranda, Márcia Mendes Coelho, Débora Gouveia Henriques, Raquel Hernandez-Hernandez, Lovanomanjanahary Marline, Nicholas Wilding, Claudine Ah-Peng

"Natural zonal vegetation of the Azores Islands: characterization, potential distribution and present status"

Rui B. Elias, Luis Silva, José Marí Fernández-Palacios, Artur Gil, Eduardo B. Azevedo, Francisco Reis

"Were Azorean islands colonized by cave adapted beetles?"

Isabel Amorim, Fernando Pereira, Paulo Borges

Multi-scale environmental and land use effects on the diversity and community structure of native ground beetle assemblages (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in Madeira Island"

Ana M. C. Santos, Mário Boieiro, Jorge M. Lobo, Ana Farinha, Pedro Cardoso, Isabel R. Amorim, Carlos A. S. Aguiar, Paulo A. V. Borges, Fernando Pereira, Carla Rego, Sérvio P. Ribeiro, Israel Silva, Artur R. M. Serrano

"Space, time, scale and the emergent diversity properties of islands near and far" Robert Whittaker, Paulo A.V. Borges, Thomas Matthews, Michael Borregaard, Konstantinos Triantis

"Does cladogenetic speciation dominate onyoung islands?"

Michael Borregaard, Jon Price, Paulo A.V. Borges, Konstantinos Triantis, Francois Rigal, Thomas Matthews, Robert Whittaker

And the following Posters were presented:

"Global patterns of diversification on oceanic islands"

François Rigal, Isabel R. Amorim, Ana M.C. Santos, Kostas A. Triantis, Robert J. Whittaker, Luis Borda-de- Água, Joaquin Hortal, Brent C. Emerson, Paulo A.V. Borges, Aristeidis Parmakelis

"The Azorean Biodiversity Portal, a key einfrastructure for the integrated management of terrestrial and marine biodiversity in Azores" Paulo A.V. Borges, Rosalina Gabriel, Ana Arroz, Isabel Amorim, Rui Elias, Ana Costa, António Soares, João Gonçalves, Gui Menezes, Fernando Tempera, Mónica Silva, Pedro Afonso, Filipe Porteiro, Luis Silva, Regina Cunha, Manuela Parente, Enésima Mendonça, Frederico Cardigos, Pedro Cardoso, Ricardo Santos

"Implications of climate changes for Azorean Biodiversity"

Maria T. Ferreira, Pedro Cardoso, Eduardo B. Azevedo, Paulo A. V. Borges, Rosalina Gabriel, Francisco Reis, Rui B. Elias

"MOVECLIM: Montane vegetation as listening posts for climate change"

Claudine Ah-Peng, Olivier Flores, Rosalina Gabriel, Jacques Bardat, Stéphane Baret, Débora S. Gouveia Henriques, Terry Hedderson, Raquel Hernandez-Hernandez, Michael Kessler, Juergen Kluge, Elisabeth Lavocat-Bernard, Benoît Lequette, Hervé Magnin, Lovanomanjanahary Marline, Juana Gonzalez-Mancebó, Márcia C. Mendes Coelho, Jean-Yves Meyer, Nicholas Wilding, Dominique Strasberg

"Habitat fragmentation and the island species-area relationship: a focus on total species richness obscures the impact of habitat loss on specialists"

Thomas Matthews, Eden Cottee-Jones, Robert Whittaker