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Dr Maria Dornelas

Dr Maria Dornelas
MASTS Lecturer


 

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.

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Recent publications


8  (of 8 published available) for maadd with keyword DYNAMICS clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (20/2)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
vol.115 pp.1843-1847
(Article)
Divergent biodiversity change within ecosystems
Anne Magurran, Amy Elizabeth Deacon, Faye Helen Moyes, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Dawn Phillip, Indar Ramnarine 
Keywords: Biodiversity change, Tropical ecology, Freshwater, Temporal turnover, Community-level regulation
2018 (15/11)
Marine Ecology Progress Series
vol.606 pp.29-38
(Article)
Effects of tropical storms on the demography of reef corals
Andrew H. Baird, Mariana Alvarez-Noriega, Vivian R. Cumbo, Sean R. Connolly, Maria Dornelas, Joshua S. Madin 
Keywords: Coral reefs, Climate change, Demography, Disturbance, Recovery
2018 (6)
Ecology
vol.99 pp.1347-1356
(Article)
Negligible effect of competition on coral colony growth
Mariana Alvarez-Noriega, Andrew H. Baird, Maria Dornelas, Joshua S. Madin, Sean R. Connolly 
Keywords: Aggregation, Competition, Coral, Demographic rates, Growth, Morphology, Tradeoff
2018 (1/11)
Bioscience
vol.68 pp.873-884
(Article)
Temperature-driven biodiversity change
Conor Waldock, Maria Dornelas, Amanda E Bates 
2017 (26/7)
Science Advances
vol.3 
(Article)
Community-level regulation of temporal trends in biodiversity
Nicholas Gotelli, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Brian McGill, Faye Helen Moyes, Anne Magurran 
2016 (2/12)
Ecology
vol.97 pp.3485-3493
(Article)
Fecundity and the demographic strategies of coral morphologies
Mariana Álvarez-Noriega, Andrew H. Baird, Maria Dornelas, Joshua S. Madin, Vivian R. Cumbo, Sean R Connolly 
Keywords: Fecundity, Reef coral, Demographic strategies, Morphology, Tradeoff
2015 (12)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
vol.6 pp.1384-1394
(Article)
2013
Ecology and Evolution
vol.3 pp.2013-2019
(Article)

Contact Details:

Dr Maria Dornelas
Dyers Brae
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 463324
fax: 01334 463443
room: 8
email: maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Fish Behaviour and Biodiversity
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute
Biology Equality and Diversity Committee

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Contact

The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Scotland
UK

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443
email: soi@st-andrews.ac.uk

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