New 3-year postdoctoral position – Predicting ecosystem-level responses to climate change

Project: AdaptAlentejo – Predicting ecosystem-level responses to climate change (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030793) Scientific Area: Aquatic Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecological Networks, Ecosystem Services, Biogeography Context: Climate change is causing biodiversity loss at unprecedented rates threatening ecological stability and human welfare. Freshwater ecosystems (e.g. ponds, lakes, rivers) are particularly vulnerable since species’ potential responses to climate change (e.g. warming, drought) are […]

New postdoctoral position in aquatic ecology and biogeography at CIBIO-UE.

Project: Trophic responses to macroecological gradients PTDC/BIA-BIC/0352/2014 Scientific Area: Aquatic Ecology, Biology, Biogeography Background: Climate change ranks amongst the greatest threats to biodiversity across the Earth’s biomes. Following changes in the climate, communities disassemble and reassemble in seemingly unpredictable ways. Contradictory evidence in the literature suggests that determining the processes that drive species to respond […]

Latest paper: Species and Endemics in Ecography!

Estimates of species extinctions from species–area relationships strongly depend on ecological context. Miguel G. Matias, Dominique Gravel, François Guilhaumon, Philippe Desjardins-Proulx, Michel Loreau, Tamara Münkemüller, Nicolas Mouquet.  Early view in Ecography Abstract: Species–area (SAR) and endemics–area (EAR) relationships are amongst the most common methods used to forecast species loss resulting from habitat loss. One critical, albeit often ignored, […]

Species-area relationships and heterogeneity

Loss of habitat is commonly identified as a reduction in area (or patch-size) and its effects are often investigated using species-area relationships to evaluate loss of biodiversity.  In many habitats, however, area alone is not sufficient to explain the decline of populations because natural habitats are rarely homogeneous.  In fact, reductions in diversity of habitats […]