Dr Maria Dornelas

MASTS Lecturer

tel: 01334 463324
fax: 01334 463443
email: maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
room: 8  (Dyers Brae)
Dyers Brae
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

General Information


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.



Recent Publications

Santini, L, Belmaker, J, Costello, MJ, Pereira, HM, Rossberg, AG, Schipper, AM, Ceaușu, S, Dornelas, M, Hilbers, JP, Hortal, J, Huijbregts, MAJ, Navarro, LM, Schiffers, KH, Visconti, P & Rondinini, C 2017, 'Assessing the suitability of diversity metrics to detect biodiversity change' Biological Conservation, vol 213, no. Part B, pp. 341-350. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.08.024
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
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
McGill, B, Azeredo de Dornelas, MA & Field, R 2016, 'A new year with a new leadership team at GEB – or how to guarantee your paper gets into GEB' Global Ecology and Biogeography, pp. 1-2.
Deacon, AE, Shimadzu, H, Dornelas, M, Ramnarine, IW & Magurran, A 2015, 'From species to communities: the signature of recreational use on a tropical river ecosystem' Ecology and Evolution, vol 5, no. 23, pp. 5561-5572. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1800
Shimadzu, H, Dornelas, M & Magurran, A 2015, 'Measuring temporal turnover in ecological communities' Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol 6, no. 12, pp. 1384-1394. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12438
Hoogenboom, M, Frank, G, Blowes, S, Chase, T, Zawada, K & Azeredo de Dornelas, MA 2015, 'Disparity between projected geographic ranges of rare species: a case study of Echinomorpha nishihirai (Scleractinia)' Marine Biodiversity Records, vol 8, no. 2015, pp. e147. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215001141
Magurran, A, Dornelas, M, Moyes, FH, Gotelli, NJ & McGill, B 2015, 'Rapid biotic homogenization of marine fish assemblages' Nature Communications, vol 6, 8405. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9405
da Silva, IM, Hill, N, Shimadzu, H, Soares, AMVM & Dornelas, M 2015, 'Spillover effects of a community-managed marine reserve' PLoS One, vol 10, no. 4, e0111774. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111774
McGill, BJ, Dornelas, M, Gotelli, NJ & Magurran, AE 2015, 'Fifteen forms of biodiversity trend in the anthropocene' Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol 30, no. 2, pp. 104-113. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.11.006
Madin, JS, Baird, AH, Dornelas, M & Connolly, SR 2014, 'Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals' Ecology Letters, vol 17, no. 8, pp. 108-1015. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12306
Dornelas, M & Magurran, A 2014, 'Overlooked local biodiversity loss - Response' Science, vol 344, no. 6188, pp. 1098. DOI: DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6188.1098-b
Dornelas, M, Gotelli, NJ, McGill, B, Shimadzu, H, Moyes, F, Sievers, C & Magurran, AE 2014, 'Assemblage time series reveal biodiversity change but not systematic loss' Science, vol 344, no. 6181, pp. 296-299. DOI: 10.1126/science.1248484
Rodríguez-Ramos, T, Dornelas, M, Marañón, E & Cermeño, P 2014, 'Conventional sampling methods severely underestimate phytoplankton species richness' Journal of Plankton Research, vol 36, no. 2, pp. 334. DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbt115
Shimadzu, H, Dornelas, M, Henderson, PA & Magurran, A 2013, 'Diversity is maintained by seasonal variation in species abundance' BMC Biology, vol 11, no. September, 98. DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-11-98
Cermeño, P, Rodríguez-Ramos, T, Dornelas, M, Figueiras, FG & Marañón, E 2013, 'Species richness in marine phytoplankton communities is not correlated to ecosystem productivity' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 488, pp. 1. DOI: 10.3354/meps10443
Dornelas, M, Magurran, A, Buckland, ST, Chao, A, Chazdon, RL, Colwell, RK, Curtis, T, Gaston, KJ, Gotelli, NJ, Kosnik, MA, McGill, B, McCune, JL, Morlon, H, Mumby, PJ, Øvreås, L, Studeny, A & Vellend, M 2013, 'Quantifying temporal change in biodiversity: challenges and opportunities' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 280, no. 1750, 20121931. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1931
Robinson, JPW, Dornelas, M & Ojanguren, AF 2013, 'Interspecific synchrony of seabird population growth rate and breeding success' Ecology and Evolution, vol 3, no. 7, pp. 2013-2019. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.592
Barbosa, M, Connolly, SR, Hisano, M, Dornelas, M & Magurran, A 2012, 'Fitness consequences of female multiple mating: A direct test of indirect benefits' BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol 12, 185. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-185
Dornelas, M, Phillip, DAT & Magurran, AE 2011, 'Abundance and dominance become less predictable as species richness decreases' Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol 20, no. 6, pp. 832-841. DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00640.x
Graham, NAJ, Ainsworth, TD, Baird, AH, Ban, NC, Bay, LK, Cinner, JE, De Freitas, DM, Diaz-Pulido, G, Dornelas, M, Dunn, SR, Fidelman, PIJ, Foret, S, Good, TC, Kool, J, Mallela, J, Penin, L, Pratchett, MS & Williamson, DH 2011, From microbes to people: tractable benefits of no-take areas for coral reefs. in RN Gibson, RJA Atkinson & JDM Gordon (eds), Oceanography And Marine Biology: An Annual Review. vol. 49, CRC Press, BOCA RATON, pp. 105-135.
Dornelas, M 2010, 'Disturbance and change in biodiversity' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences, vol 365, no. 1558, pp. 3719-3727. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0295
Magurran, AE & Dornelas, M 2010, 'Biological diversity in a changing world' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences, vol 365, no. 1558, pp. 3593-3597. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0296
Barbosa, M, Dornelas, M & Magurran, AE 2010, 'Effects of polyandry on male phenotypic diversity' Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 23, no. 11, pp. 2442-2452. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02105.x
Connolly, SR, Dornelas, M, Bellwood, DR & Hughes, TP 2009, 'Testing species abundance models: a new bootstrap approach applied to Indo-Pacific coral reefs' Ecology, vol 90, no. 11, pp. 3138-3149. DOI: 10.1890/08-1832.1
Dornelas, M, Moonen, AC, Magurran, A & Barberi, P 2009, 'Species abundance distributions reveal environmental heterogeneity in modified landscapes' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 46, no. 3, pp. 666-672. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01640.x
Dornelas, M & Connolly, SR 2008, 'Multiple modes in a coral species abundance distribution' Ecology Letters, vol 11, no. 10, pp. 1008-1016. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01208.x
McGill, BJ, Etienne, RS, Gray, JS, Alonso, D, Anderson, MJ, Benecha, HK, Dornelas, M, Enquist, BJ, Green, J, He, F, Hurlbert, A, Magurran, AE, Marquet, PA, Maurer, BA, Ostling, A, Soykan, CU, Ugland, K & White, E 2007, 'Species Abundance Distributions: moving beyond single prediction theories to integration within an ecological framework.' Ecology Letters, vol 10, no. 10, pp. 995-1015. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01094.x
Dornelas, M, Connolly, SR & Hughes, TP 2006, 'Coral reef diversity refutes the neutral theory of biodiversity' Nature, vol 440, no. 7080, pp. 80-82. DOI: 10.1038/nature04534
Dornelas, M, Paula, J & Macia, A 2003, 'The larval development of Hymenosoma orbiculare Desmarest, 1825 (Crustacea : Decapoda : Brachyura : Hymenosomatidae)' Journal of Natural History, vol 37, no. 21, pp. 2579-2597. DOI: 10.1080/00222930210155684
Paula, J, Dornelas, M & Flores, AAV 2003, 'Stratified settlement and moulting competency of brachyuran megalopae in Ponta Rasa mangrove swamp, Inhaca Island (Mozambique)' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol 56, no. 2, pp. 325-337. DOI: 10.1016/S0272-7714(02)00165-8

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