The Azorean archipelago
Is now available for free download the book "What can we learn from islands? The perspectives of eight researchers"The book What can we learn from islands? The perspectives of eight researchers is now available for free download here. This publication brings together the interviews conducted by Marta Daniela Santos (Communication Office - cE3c) to the eight plenary speakers of the international congress Island Biology 2016, organized by the Azorean Biodiversity Group/cE3c. The conversations, now gathered in a single publication, aim to explore the research area of each interviewee in an accessible language
Oceanic islands are at the core of research on biogeography. Emerging from the Atlantic Ocean, roughly halfway between Europe and North America, lies the Azores, the most remote archipelago of the North Atlantic. Composed of nine islands, divided into eastern, central and western groups, it is home to approximately 250 000 inhabitants.
Islands have long been recognized as of special scientific interest, especially in respect to their formation and development mechanisms, means of biotic colonization, evolution of unique biotas and ecosystems, and extensive loss of endemics, making island research and conservation an atractive and very active area of research.
The ISLAND BIOLOGY 2016 international conference will bring together the expertise of a wide spectrum of research fields, in order to achieve a unified view of island biology. The conference will include poster presentations, plenary and regular sessions, and will host a high number of Symposia, aimed to accommodate specialized discussions in topical areas in Island Biology.
Biodiversity, Global Changes, Conservation, Invasive Species, Evolutionary Biology, Species Interactions and Networks, Paleobiology and Biogeography are the key conference themes. The expectation is that the pioneering ideas, leading theories, novel methodological approaches and recent ground-breaking results presented at this conference will provide advances in island biology research and guidelines for the future development of this field.
In addition, the interdisciplinary expertise of participants is expected to contribute to decision-making concerning effective conservation planning strategies in Island Ecosystems, following the inspiration provided by the Declaration of the Guadeloupe 2014 International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change.
All are very welcome to the Azores!
CONFIRMED PLENARY SPEAKERS
Daniel Simberloff: "MacArthur & Wilson legacy"
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=636
Isabel Sanmartin: “Bayesian statistical approaches to island biogeography: progress and challenges”
View interview at http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=644
Jens Olesen: “Ecological Networks on Island”
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=645
Pedro Cardoso: "NEW CHALLENGES - Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Island Ecology and Biogeography”
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=642
Robert Whittaker: “Island Biogeography: novel approaches”
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=640
Susan Clayton: "The role of psychology in biodiversity conservation"
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=638
George Roderick: “Processes of ecology and evolution in the context of global change: modelling a complex island ecosystem”
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=643
Paulo A. V. Borges: “Long-term ecological research in Azores: what we have learned so far”
View Interview at: http://gba.uac.pt/media/press&events/ver.php?id=639
24 SPECIALIZED SYMPOSIA - Please refer to the Scientific Program.
1 SPECIAL DAY EVENT "Workshop on: Biodiversity and Biological Invasion on Islands" - Please refer to the Scientific Program.
2 WORKSHOPS on "IUCN" and "iDigBio" - Please refer to the Scientific Program. (SEE Talks at: http://www.azorestv.com/index.php/portal/searchVideo/Biology/1/
University of the Azores
The University of the Azores is the only public University in the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Portugal) and was established in order to advance sustainable development and higher education in the Azorean archipelago. It has campuses in Ponta Delgada (S. Miguel island), Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira island) and Horta (Faial island), numbers approximately 270 permanent teaching and researching staff, 190 administration and lab technician and 3,500 students, including undergraduate, MSc and Ph.D. Motivated and highly skilled researchers, making use of modern laboratory facilities and equipment, funded by international and national entities and the Azorean Regional Government, have been developing projects of great novelty and scientific value at the University of the Azores.
Azorean Biodiversity Group
(Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes ABG-cE3c)
Department of Agrarian Sciences, University of the Azores
The Azorean Biodiversity Group (ABG) comprises two (IBBC and IERS) of the twelve research groups of the research centre Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c).
The ABG conducts basic and applied research in ecology and related disciplines (e.g. taxonomy, biogeography, evolutionary biology, conservation, science communication), to understand and predict the functioning of island communities and ecosystems. The Azorean Biodiversity Group has extensive experience in the organization of scientific events. Some examples are the “International year Biodiversity Symposium” (2010, over 400 participants); the “XV Iberian Congress of Entomology” (2012, over 170 participants). Currently ABG has 19 PhD members, plus 23 PhD students.
cE3c’s expertise allows addressing major threats to sustainability: i) loss of biodiversity with potential impact on ecosystem services, ii) climate and land-use changes, iii) biological invasions, and iv) lack of societal awareness and skills to address these issues. We are well positioned to take on key priorities at the regional, national and EU levels, namely those of the Strategy for Sustainable Development and the Europe 2020 Strategy, which call for cost-effective, integrated and interdisciplinary policies to ensure future economic development rooted in principles of social cohesion and environmental protection.
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