Laura Antão






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.


Dr Maria Dornelas (University of St. Andrews), Prof Anne Magurran (University of St. Andrews), Prof Amadeu Soares (Universidade de Aveiro)

Research Interests

My main research interests are:

  • Biodiversity and its scaling properties
  • Macroecology
  • The processes explaining species diversity