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

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. DOI: 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. DOI: 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. DOI: 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. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biy096
Madin, JS, Baird, AH, Bridge, TCL, Connolly, SR, Zawada, KJA & Dornelas, M 2018, 'Cumulative effects of cyclones and bleaching on coral cover and species richness at Lizard Island' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 604, pp. 263-268. DOI: 10.3354/meps12735
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