João Honrado | November 18, 2011 | 14h30 | Auditorium, Campus de Vairão

João Pradinho Honrado will give a seminar entitled "From species traits to ecosystem functioning and biodiversity dynamics - an integrative view of applied ecology” on 18th of November, at 14.30, in Campus Agrário de Vairão auditorium.


This seminar will focus on the research being developed by the Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology (BIOCON) group of CIBIO. The group favours an integrative approach to applied ecological research, and it is organized around four core research questions: (1) How (and why) is biodiversity distributed across spatial scales? (2) How does (and will) it respond to environmental changes? (3) How do/will biodiversity changes translate into ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services? and (4) How can we use the knowledge provided by ecological research and models to improve conservation policy and planning, management actions and monitoring schemes? Research topics will be illustrated with examples from recent and on-going projects.


João Pradinho Honrado is Auxiliary Professor at the Biology department, FCUP. His PhD (2003) was focused on vegetation and landscape ecology. He leads the BIOCON group at CIBIO, and his current research is focused on the application of ecological theory and models to improve the conservation, management and monitoring of habitats and biodiversity based on a landscape-scale approach to patterns and processes.



Afterwards we will have a student seminar with Ana Cristina Lemos de Matos (PhD student; Supervisors: Pedro Esteves; Dennis Lanning; Alison Surridge) entitled “Insights into the European rabbit immune system: evolutionary history, diversity and expression of genes playing key roles in Myxoma virus infection and host-resistanc