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

Gotelli, N, Shimadzu, H, Dornelas, M, McGill, B, Moyes, F & Magurran, AE 2017, 'Community-level regulation of temporal trends in biodiversity' Science Advances, vol 3, no. 7, e1700315. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700315
Dornelas, M, Madin, JS, Baird, AH & Connolly, SR 2017, 'Allometric growth in reef-building corals' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 284, no. 1851, 20170053. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0053
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
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