The IMAR Instituto do Mar/Uaz will dedicate its research efforts to Work Package 3 – Marine restoration for a future climate and environmental monitoring of marine forest niches.
The deep macroalgal forests of the Azores will be monitored via the deployment of new temperature and light dataloggers. Monitored locations will produce critical datasets for fundamental niche descriptions, distribution patterns interpretations and tipping points identification. The Azores have access to the extant most genetically distinct and diverse macroalgae populations in climate refugia beyond the continuous continental distributions of kelp in Europe. These will be used in thermal experiments tested in fully controlled conditions and in experimental planting assays with juveniles in the field, to assess the best adaptive sources for recovery of extinct populations.
Dr. Pedro Afonso
Senior researcher specialized in applied ecology and novel biotelemetric and modelling approaches to identify and incorporate essential habitats in the optimal design of coastal, and pelagic Marine Protected Area networks. In the last decades Pedro has been involved in multiple scientific projects and decision supporting initiatives with the regional government to promote knowledge, conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources.
Dr. Inês Gomes
Post doc Researcher
I am interested in the science-stakeholder-policy interface, contributing to improve relationships and models to support evidence-based decisions
David Milla Figueras
I’m a PhD student interested in marine ecology and phycology. My study aims to fill the knowledge gaps regarding extent, functioning and threats of marine macroalgae forests in the Azores archipelago.
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