with Neftalí Sillero (CICGE/FCUP, Portugal) | December 4, 2015 - 15h00 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal


Space is one of the most important factors influencing life. It is difficult to understand the world without any reference to space as all biological patterns and processes are related and depend on spatial characteristics. In fact, numerous biological questions have a spatial answer: Where occurs a species? Which are the factors delimiting the species' distribution? Where species are affected by conservation problems? How species share the space? How individuals segregate? Our main tools to analyse all these questions are Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, spatial statistics, and ecological niche models. I will present several examples from my own past and current research of different spatial patterns using individuals and species as sampling units in order to study home ranges of lizards, spatial structures of lizards' communities, and species richness pattens of amphibians and reptiles in Madagascar. Also, I will show the application of spatial tools on chorological and conservation studies.


Neftalí Sillero is PhD in Biogeography by the University of León, IF researcher at CICGE/FCUP since 2007, and Chairman of the Mapping Committee of the SEH. His research integrates spatial ecology, biogeography, applied conservation, Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Spatial Statistics, and Ecological Niche Modelling using amphibians and reptiles as main (but not only) model organisms.


[Group Leader: James Harris, Applied Phylogenetics]