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INALENTEJO - Biodiversity conservation in a changing world

INALENTEJO - Biodiversity conservation in a changing world

Over the past 100 years, Earth’s climate has become warmer and precipitation regimes have changed. Can biologists predict the effects of these changes on the distributions of species? Conservation strategies for managing biodiversity have traditionally assumed that species distributions change relatively slowly, unless they are directly affected by human activities. However, there is a growing consensus that these strategies must anticipate the impacts of climate change. Numerous models estimate relationships between the distributions of species and climate. However, the decision of which model to use has generally been ad hoc, and there is little consensus regarding the relative performance of these models. The models are also based on some problematic assumptions — for example, that species distribution and assemblages are in a constant steady-state relationship with contemporary climate — that, despite being clearly acknowledged, remain unresolved.

To address these problems the project “Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World” includes four research tasks and one task for technology transfer and dissemination of science. The research tasks span a wide range of topics from development of high-resolution regional 21stcentury climate models for the Iberian Peninsula, improving understanding of the mechanistic basis for climate and land-use change impacts on life across a variety of spatial scales, to the development of novel spatial-conservation planning methodologies that address the needs of biodiversity under climate and land use change scenarios. The program also includes an integrative task, termed dissemination of science and technology transfer. The goal of this task is to ensure that the project results are communicated to the broader public and that the technological value of the project is disseminated to the relevant stakeholders, namely the public bodies involved in conservation and regional planning, as well as private and public bodies involved in agriculture, forestry and tourism.

 

 

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Team
Principal Investigator
Miguel B. Araújo

Miguel B. Araújo

Position: Visiting Full Professor
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Researchers
Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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Diogo André Alves Salgado Rodrigues Alagador

Diogo André Alves Salgado Rodrigues Alagador

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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Diogo Francisco Caeiro Figueiredo

Diogo Francisco Caeiro Figueiredo

Position: Full Professor
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Jorge Quina Ribeiro de Araujo

Jorge Quina Ribeiro de Araujo

Position: Collaborator
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Luís Miguel Nunes Valente Afonso Reino

Luís Miguel Nunes Valente Afonso Reino

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Manuel Mendoza García

Manuel Mendoza García

Position: Collaborator
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Miguel Matias

Miguel Matias

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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Paulo Guilherme Leandro de Oliveira

Paulo Guilherme Leandro de Oliveira

Position: Assistant Professor
Group:
PLANTBIO
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Regan Early

Regan Early

Position: Collaborator
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Ricardo Miguel Miguéns Cardoso Cadete Pita

Ricardo Miguel Miguéns Cardoso Cadete Pita

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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Sara Maria Lopes dos Santos

Sara Maria Lopes dos Santos

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
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Verónica Gomes

Verónica Gomes

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
PHENEVOL
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Technical Staff
Dora Maria Rodrigues da Costa Neto

Dora Maria Rodrigues da Costa Neto

Position: Research Assistant
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Other members
António Paulo Pereira Mira, José Herrera, Denis Medinas, David García Callejas, Giovanni Mangui, Pedro Costa, Shirin Taheri, Vânia Salgueiro,Wouter Beukema, Filipe Serranp,Mathijs Hollanders, Tim Leerschool, Alejandro Fabian Rozenfeld, Hari Prassad Dasari
State
Ongoing
Funded by
InAlentejo/FEDER- CCDR-Alentejo
Dates
2013
Reference
IC&DT n1/SAESCTN/ALENT-07-0224-FEDER-001755
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