The Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA-A) within the University of the Azores consists of 10 permanent researchers, 8 postdoctoral researchers and 18 PhD students, with research expertise in plant and invertebrate ecology and evolution. This research team is led by Dr Paulo Borges, an insect ecologist with research focusing primarily on the study of biodiversity of Azorean arthropods, with emphasis on taxonomy, ecology, macroecology, biospeleology and biogeography. He has worked extensively on the arthropod fauna of the Azorean archipelago, with specific focus on: (i) the development of species-area models to describe patterns of species richness and potential extinction on islands; (ii) empirical modelling of species distributions at different spatial scales; and (iii) analysis of processes affecting patterns of arthropod species richness at different spatial scales. In addition he is also exploring new ideas on island ecology, in particular: (i) modelling of species ecological traits to estimate extinction probability; (ii) evaluation of extinction risk of Azorean forest specialist arthropods by cross-validation of macroecological, population abundance and genetic indices; (iii) use of remote sensing techniques to evaluate ecosystem services in the Azores. He has published extensively using Azorean Islands as a model for understanding animal community structure in island ecosystems, with 38 published papers in ISI recognizedjournals and 11 books as author or editor (including the complete lists of the terrestrial biodiversity of Azores and Madeira archipelagos). He has ongoing research projects with 12 Associate Research Fellows from seven countries. He has led the development of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt/), a web interface for communicating biodiversity research in the Azorean region to the public).
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS
Profs. Rui Bento Elias and António Onofre Soares. Rui Bento Elias is a plant ecologist working in the Dept. of Agrarian Sciences of the University of Azores. His research focuses primarily on the study of native plant species and vegetation, with emphasis on population and community ecology, vegetation dynamics, biogeography and conservation biology. He has published 8 papers in ISI recognized journals, two books and four book chapters, in subjects dealing with biodiversity assessment, vegetation features and distribution, primary and secondary succession, gap and patch dynamics, plant phenology, spatial distribution and seed dispersion. António Onofre Soares is an applied insect ecologist working in the Department of Biology of the University of Azores. His research focuses primarily in the study of life-history evolution of predators, predator-prey interactions and the ecological basis of biological control of insects, biology, ecology and behaviour of predator insects, particularly Coccinellidae and lethal and sub-lethal effect of pesticides on biological control agents. He has published 13 papers in ISI recognized journals.
In the Azorean Plots the following people participated in the field work: Rui B. Elias, Pedro Cardoso, Carla Rego, Isabel Amorim, Fernando
Pereira, Rui Nunes, Maria Teresa Ferreira, François Rigal, Margarita Florencio, Orlando Guerreiro, Annabella Borges and Rui Carvalho (Grant Student)