• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

                                                             Co-financing:

 

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Miguel B. Araújo

Miguel B. Araújo

Visiting Full Professor

 
Research Team:
 
Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Ana Márcia Enes Barbosa

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Babak Naimi

Babak Naimi

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Camila Monasterio

Camila Monasterio

Post-Doc Researcher

 
 
 
 
 
Francisco Ferri

Francisco Ferri

PhD Student

 
Ignacio Morales-Castilla

Ignacio Morales-Castilla

Post-Doc Researcher

 
 
 
Manuel Mendoza García

Manuel Mendoza García

Collaborator

 
Miguel Matias

Miguel Matias

Post-Doc Researcher

 
 
 
Regan Early

Regan Early

Collaborator

 
 
Sara Maria Lopes dos Santos

Sara Maria Lopes dos Santos

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Verónica Gomes

Verónica Gomes

PhD Student

 
 
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:
On going
 
Funded by:
InAlentejo/FEDER- CCDR-Alentejo
 
Dates:
2013
 
Link:
 
Reference:
IC&DT n1/SAESCTN/ALENT-07-0224-FEDER-001755