Paulo A.V. Borges

BackCo-Chairs • Senior Research Scientist

I received a Ph.D. in Insect Ecology from the University of London (Imperial College) in 1997 and I am currently leading the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation research group (IBBC) and the Arthropod Macroecology Group of cE3c. In addition I am leading the Azorean Biodiversity Group in Azores ( I participated in the development of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (, a web interface for communicating biodiversity research in the Azorean region to the public.

I am a professor of Ecology at the University of Azores. My research focuses on arthropod macroecology patterns and processes on island ecosystems.

For many years I have been involved in island research using as model system the Macaronesian islands and in particular Azores.

I am editor of the following Journals: Community Ecology; Biodiversity Data Journal; Arquipélago -Life and Marine Sciences, Açoreana, Vieraea.

I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of topics in island ecology, evolution and conservation, and on topics in macroecology and diversity theory. These collaborations have included various funded programs focused on: biogeography of islands group - BIG (led by M. Borregaard, University of Copenhagen, and 14 others); ISLANDS - Community Assembly on Remote Islands (led by Christophe Thébaud, CESAB -Center for Synthesis analysis of biodiversity).

I am currently Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group and member of the IUCN - Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group and the IUCN/SSC Monitoring Specialist Group.

From my 110 ISI papers, 56 are responding to the Wallacean shortfall, 20 to the Prestonian shortfall, 15 to the Linnean shortfall and 10 to the Raunkiæran shortfall.

My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) collect long-term ecological data to investigate the processes affecting patterns of species diversity, abundance and distribution at different spatial scales; ii) use Macaronesia as a model system to investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for shaping island biotas; iii) identify pathways that impact oceanic indigenous assemblages under global change for conservation purposes.


Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of the Azores

Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo

Terceira, Azores, Portugal


Web References:

SADs; SARs; Community Assembly

Relevant Island Knowledge:
Azores; Macaronesia

Arthropods (Beetles; Spiders)

Geographic Location:
Terceira - Azores