Dr Maria Dornelas

MASTS Lecturer

Dyers Brae 8
tel. 01334 463324
fax. 01334 463443
maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

My research interests fall under the disciplines of community ecology, macroecology and biogeography. I'm interested in quantifying biodiversity and in understanding the processes that shape it. I believe understanding how different ecological processes affect biodiversity patterns is fundamental for sustainable management and conservation. I usually study coral communities, but I have also worked with mangrove crabs, plants and tropical freshwater fish, for example. I am increasingly interested in synthesis work, combining data from multiple sources, and I am planning to extend my research into eco-informatics. I like to combine ecological theory, quantitative analysis and fieldwork in my research, and some of the questions I’m interested in are:

- Which ecological processes affect species coexistence?

- Are there general effects of disturbance on community structure?

- How does dispersal limitation affect biodiversity patterns?

- Quantifying intra- and inter-specific, morphological, demographic and/or functional diversity

Currently I am involved in projects in coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef (Australia),  Vamizi (Mozambique) and freshwater fish in Trinidad (Caribbean).

 

If you are interested in the research that I do, and would like to explore potential PhD or master projects please send me an email.

 

 

Publications

Vellend, M, Dornelas, M, Baeten, L, Beauséjour, R, Brown, CD, De Frenne, P, Elmendorf, SC, Gotelli, NJ, Moyes, F, Myers-Smith, IH, Magurran, AE, McGill, BJ, Shimadzu, H & Sievers, C 2017, 'Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny' Ecology, vol 98, no. 2, pp. 583-590. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1660
Henriques Antão, L, Connolly, SR, Magurran, AE, Soares, A & Dornelas, M 2017, 'Prevalence of multimodal species abundance distributions is linked to spatial and taxonomic breadth' Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol 26, no. 2, pp. 203-215. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12532
Álvarez-Noriega, M, Baird, AH, Dornelas, M, Madin, JS, Cumbo, VR & Connolly, SR 2016, 'Fecundity and the demographic strategies of coral morphologies' Ecology, vol 97, no. 12, pp. 3485-3493. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1588
McGill, BJ, Dornelas, M & Field, R 2016, 'In the company of greatness: announcing the best reviewers and best associate editors' Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol 25, no. 12, pp. 1525-1526. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12546
Schipper, AM, Belmaker, J, de Miranda, MD, Navarro, LM, Böhning-Gaese, K, Costello, MJ, Dornelas, M, Foppen, R, Hortal, J, Huijbregts, MAJ, Martín-López, B, Pettorelli, N, Queiroz, C, Rossberg, AG, Santini, L, Schiffers, K, Steinmann, ZJN, Visconti, P, Rondinini, C & Pereira, HM 2016, 'Contrasting changes in the abundance and diversity of North American bird assemblages from 1971 to 2010' Global Change Biology, vol 22, no. 12, pp. 3948-3959. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13292
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