Dr Maria Dornelas

MASTS Lecturer

Dyers Brae 8
tel. 01334 463324
fax. 01334 463443


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.




Dornelas, M, Gotelli, NJ, Shimadzu, H, Moyes, F, Magurran, AE & McGill, BJ 2019, 'A balance of winners and losers in the Anthropocene' Ecology Letters, vol. Early View. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13242
Antão, LH, McGill, B, Magurran, AE, Soares, A & Dornelas, M 2019, 'β-diversity scaling patterns are consistent across metrics and taxa' Ecography, vol. Early View. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04117
Borges Da Costa Guint Barbosa, MM, Coupland, N, Douglas, C, Harrisson, E, James, K, Jones, M, McIntyre, C, Philpott, D, Russel, G, Zawada, K, Azeredo de Dornelas, MA & Peddie, C 2019, 'Benthic structure drives butterflyfish species composition and trophic group abundance' PeerJ PrePrints. https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27491v2
Baird, AH, Alvarez-Noriega, M, Cumbo, VR, Connolly, SR, Dornelas, M & Madin, JS 2018, 'Effects of tropical storms on the demography of reef corals' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 606, pp. 29-38. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12760
Waldock, C, Dornelas, M & Bates, AE 2018, 'Temperature-driven biodiversity change: disentangling space and time' Bioscience, vol. 68, no. 11, pp. 873-884. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy096
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