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

Alvarez-Noriega, M, Baird, AH, Dornelas, M, Madin, JS & Connolly, SR 2018, 'Negligible effect of competition on coral colony growth' Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2222
Álvarez-Noriega, M, Baird, AH, Bridge, TCL, Dornelas, M, Fontoura, L, Pizarro, O, Precoda, K, Torres-Pulliza, D, Woods, RM, Zawada, K & Madin, JS 2018, 'Contrasting patterns of changes in abundance following a bleaching event between juvenile and adult scleractinian corals' Coral Reefs, vol First Online. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-018-1677-y
Magurran, AE, Deacon, AE, Moyes, FH, Shimadzu, H, Azeredo de Dornelas, MA, Phillip, D & Ramnarine, I 2018, 'Divergent biodiversity change within ecosystems' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 115, no. 8, pp. 1843-1847. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1712594115
House, JE, Brambilla, V, Bidaut, LM, Christie, AP, Pizarro, O, Madin, JS & Dornelas, M 2018, 'Moving to 3D: relationships between coral planar area, surface area and volume' PeerJ, vol 6, e4280. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4280
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
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