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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Benthic structure drives butterflyfish species composition and trophic group abundance Miguel Maria Borges Da Costa Guint Barbosa, Neil Coupland, Clara Douglas, Ellen Harrisson, Kelly James, Mark Jones, Christina McIntyre, Darcy Philpott, Grace Russel, Maria Dornelas, Clare Peddie
PeerJ PrePrints 2019
Morphological traits can track coral reef responses to the Anthropocene Joshua S. Madin, Andrew H. Baird, Tom C. L. Bridge, Maria Dornelas
Functional Ecology 2019 vol.33 pp.962-975
Cumulative effects of cyclones and bleaching on coral cover and species richness at Lizard Island Joshua S. Madin, Andrew H. Baird, Tom C. L. Bridge, Sean R. Connolly, Maria Dornelas
Marine Ecology Progress Series 2018 vol.604 pp.263-268
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
Marine Ecology Progress Series 2018 vol.606 pp.29-38
Negligible effect of competition on coral colony growth Mariana Alvarez-Noriega, Andrew H. Baird, Maria Dornelas, Joshua S. Madin, Sean R. Connolly
Ecology 2018 vol.99 pp.1347-1356
Allometric growth in reef-building corals Maria Dornelas, Joshua S. Madin, Andrew H. Baird, Sean R Connolly
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2017 vol.284
Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny Mark Vellend, Maria Dornelas, Lander Baeten, Robin Beauséjour, Carissa D. Brown, Pieter De Frenne, Sarah C. Elmendorf, Nicholas J Gotelli, Faye Helen Moyes, Isla H. Myers-Smith, Anne Magurran, Brian J. McGill, Hideyasu Shimadzu,
Ecology 2017 vol.98 pp.583-590
From species to communities Amy Elizabeth Deacon, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Indar W. Ramnarine, Anne Magurran
Ecology and Evolution 2015 vol.5 pp.5561-5572
Mechanical vulnerability explains size-dependent mortality of reef corals J.S. Madin, A.H. Baird, Maria Dornelas, S.R. Connolly
Ecology Letters 2014 vol.17 pp.108-1015

Contact Details:

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

tel: 01334 463324
fax: 01334 463443
room: 8



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

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

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