PhD Student (FCT fellowship)
Effects of ecological scaling on biodiversity patterns
In my PhD project I aim to investigate how biodiversity patterns change along different organisational levels of ecological communities. I am interested in the scaling of biodiversity patterns and biodiversity synthesis – how to generalize information across taxa, habitats and scales. I intend to establish an ‘ecological scale’ framework using gradients of ecological complexity, analysing changes in biodiversity patterns along three main gradients: Space, Time and Function. More specifically, I will analyse Species Abundance Distributions (SAD) and community similarity metrics scaling properties, using available datasets covering a broad range of taxa and ecosystems.
My main research interests are:
- Biodiversity and its scaling properties
- The processes explaining species diversity