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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


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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 (1/11)
Bioscience
vol.68 pp.873-884
(Article)
Temperature-driven biodiversity change
Conor Waldock, Maria Dornelas, Amanda E Bates 
2017 (9)
Biological Conservation
vol.213 pp.341-350
(Article)
Assessing the suitability of diversity metrics to detect biodiversity change
Luca Santini, Jonathan Belmaker, Mark J. Costello, Henrique M. Pereira, Axel G. Rossberg, Aafke M. Schipper, Silvia Ceaușu, Maria Dornelas, Jelle P. Hilbers, Joaquín Hortal, Mark A.J. Huijbregts, Laetitia M. Navarro, Katja H. Schiffers, Piero Visconti, Carlo Rondinini 
Keywords: Abundance, Biodiversity indicators, Biodiversity monitoring, Similarity index, Functional diversity, Phylogenetic diversity, Shannon index, Simpson index, Synthetic community
2017 (2)
Global Ecology and Biogeography
vol.26 pp.203-215
(Article)
2015 (12)
Ecology and Evolution
vol.5 pp.5561-5572
(Article)
From species to communities
Amy Elizabeth Deacon, Hideyasu Shimadzu, Maria Dornelas, Indar W. Ramnarine, Anne Magurran 
Keywords: Allocation rules, Anthropogenic disturbance, Biodiversity, Community capacity, Diversity indices, Ecosystem services, Freshwater ecology, Poecilia reticulata
2015 (12)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
vol.6 pp.1384-1394
(Article)
2014 (8)
Ecology Letters
vol.17 pp.108-1015
(Article)
2013
Ecology and Evolution
vol.3 pp.2013-2019
(Article)
2013 (15/8)
Marine Ecology Progress Series
vol.488 pp.1-9
(Article)
Species richness in marine phytoplankton communities is not correlated to ecosystem productivity
Pedro Cermeño, Tamara Rodríguez-Ramos, Maria Dornelas, FG Figueiras, E Marañón, Isabel G. Teixeira, Sergio M. Vallina 
Keywords: Diversity-productivity relationship, Rarefaction, Species abundance distribution, Undersampling

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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