ISLAND-BIODIV - Understanding biodiversity dynamics in tropical and subtropical islands as an aid to science based conservation action

  • Team:
  • Type: EU - NETBIOME
  • Category:International Research Project
  • 2012 to 2015


ISLAND-BIODIV is a concerted, transnational and transregional collaboration to provide measures of biodiversity within island ecosystems and establish fast, efficient and long-term monitoring strategies for three inter-dependant functionally important groups: flowering plants, macro-invertebrates living above ground, and micro-invertebrates inhabiting soil systems. The short-term objective of ISLAND-BIODIV is to develop the necessary methodology and undertake a series of intra-regional biodiversity assessments. Embedded in this objective is the coordination of sampling effort to address specific biodiversity needs and concerns at the level of stakeholders and policy makers. Longer-term objectives are the implementation of standardised procedures for science-led biodiversity evaluation, and the establishment of sampling plots for long-term monitoring and/or complementary biological analyses. Specifically we address the following questons: (1) To what extent can biodiversity within a given ecosystem within an island be considered to be homogenous across the landscape of that ecosystem? (2) Are there predictable patterns in the spatial variation of biodiversity among different functional groups within the same ecosystem? (3) How well do existing management strategies within each OR to protect biodiversity or represent the full breadth of biodiversity within an OR? (4) What realistic changes or extensions to management strategies could be incorporated to maximise biodiversity conservation? This will be achieved by the application of modern DNA sequence based technology together with more traditional sampling and survey techniques. These objectives directly address the collaborative research priorities of the Net-Biome call by characterising biodiversity and its evolution to enhance management and policy decision-making. The ISLAND-BIODIV work plan directly engages stakeholders across the three ORs, from the level of governmental policy makers, to local and private interest groups. Stakeholder engagement is designed to maximise the utility of ISLAND-BIODIV for policy and decision-making. Similarly public outreach activities are designed to cast a wide net and capture a diverse public audience to educate and inform about evaluation and valuation of biodiversity.

Articles in SCI Journals already published within this project:

Borges, P.A.V., Lamelas-Lopez, L. & Schülke, M. (2022) New records of rove-beetles (Insecta, Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) for Azores Islands (Portugal). Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e87672. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e87672 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Borges, P.A.V., Lamelas-López, L., Assing, V. & Schülke, M. (2022) New records, detailed distribution and abundance of rove-beetles (Insecta, Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) collected between 1990 and 2015 in Azores (Portugal) with an updated checklist. Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e78896. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e78896 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Lhoumeau, S., Cardoso, P., Boieiro, M., Ros-Prieto, A., Costa, R., Lamelas-Lopez, L. Leite, A., Amorim, I.R., Gabriel, R., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Rigal, F., Santos, A.M.C., Tsafack, N., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2022) SLAM Project - Long Term Ecological Study of the Impacts of Climate Change in the natural forest of Azores: V - New records of terrestrial arthropods after ten years of SLAM sampling. Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e97952. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e97952 (IF2021 1,550; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Carvalho, R., Cardoso, P., Gil, A., Ferreira, M.T., Ramos, C., Lamelas-Lopez, L., Pereira, F., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Ros-Prieto, A., Boieiro, M. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) Standardised inventories of spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) on touristic trails of the native forests of the Azores (Portugal). Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, 1-15. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e62886 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Reinier de Vries, J.P., Van Loon, E & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) A small-scale analysis of elevational species richness and beta diversity patterns of arthropods on an oceanic island (Terceira, Azores). Insects, 12(10), 936. DOI:10.3390/insects12100936 (IF2020 2,769; Q1 Entomology)

Tsafack, N., Fattorini, S., Boieiro, M., Rigal, F., Ros-Prieto, A., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) The role of small lowland patches of exotic forests as refuges of rare endemic azorean arthropods. Diversity, 13(9), 443. DOI:10.3390/d13090443 (IF2020 2,465; Q3 Ecology)

Borges, P.A.V., Rigal, F., Ros-Prieto, A. & Cardoso, P. (2020) Increase of insular exotic arthropod diversity is a fundamental dimension of the current biodiversity crisis. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 13(5), 508-518. DOI:10.1111/icad.12431 (IF2020 2,729; Q1 Entomology)

Matthews, T., Sadler, J.P., Carvalho, R., Nunes, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2019) Differential turnover rates and temporal beta-diversity patterns of native and non-native arthropod species in a fragmented native forest landscape. Ecography, 42, 45-54. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03812 (IF2017 4.520; Q1 Ecology)

Funding Institution

NETBIOME - Europe (FCT) and FCT NETBIOME/0003/2011.


Coordinator: Brent Emerson (Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología (IPNA-CSIC), Tenerife, Canary Islands);

Members: Paulo Borges, Rui B. Elias (CITA-A – Azorean Biodiversity Group); Pedro Oromí, José María Fernández-Palacios (Univ de La Laguna, Canaries, Spain); Dominique Strasberg (Université de La Réunion); Christophe Thébaud (Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse 3)), Juli Caujapé-Castells (Jardín Botánico Canario “Viera y Clavijo” – Unidad Asociada CSIC).