Paulo A. V. Borges has a Ph.D. diploma in Insect Ecology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine – University of London (1997). Since 1988, he has been involved in biodiversity research, using artropods as model organisms and the Macaronesian islands, particularly the Azores, as model systems. His 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.
Main domain of research: Macroecology; Community Ecology; Conservation; Bioespeleology, Termite Control.
Leadership: He is currently leading the Azorean Biodiversity Group (cE3c) within the University of the Azores (http://gba.uac.pt/).
Publications: Paulo A.V. Borges has published extensively using Azorean Islands as a model for understanding arthropod community structure in island ecosystems, with 113 published or accepted papers in ISI recognized journals. From those, 60% are from the First Quartile in the areas of Ecology, Entomology and Multidisciplinary Sciences. He has also published 11 books as author or editor (including the complete lists of the terrestrial biodiversity of Azores and Madeira archipelagos), 58 Book Chapters and about 55 published or accepted papers in Refereed Journals without Impact Factor.
Scientific projects: Over the last eight years he coordinated/participated in 40 projects, funded by different agencies (12 international; 12 national (FCT) and 16 regional). For example, in the last years he coordinated four FCT projects obtaining about 700 000 Euros in funding and from 2012 to 2015, he was the Azorean coordinator of the EUROPE NETBIOME – ISLANDBIODIV Project (Understanding biodiversity dynamics in tropical and subtropical islands as an aid to science based conservation action (Azores, Canary Islands, Reunion). In Azores he led 12 out of the 16 projects many of them related with termite ecology, monitoring and eradication.
Outreach projects: He is the leader of the Azorean Biodiversity Portal (http://azoresbioportal.uac.pt/pt/) a key E-Infraestructure for promoting Azores Biodiversity to scientists, students, teachers, general public and also tourists. Over the years, many outreach activities and projects have been promoted by Paulo A. V. Borges, including three urban interventions such as “Azoreans for millions of years”, three RAVE – Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (e.g. http://raveterceira.wixsite.com/rave2014), one Facebook contest (Pick a name!; https://pt-pt.facebook.com/Chama.lhe.Nomes) and the development of sites like ISLANDLAB (http://islandlab.uac.pt/) and SOSTERMITAS DOS AÇORES (http://sostermitas.angra.uac.pt/).
Collaborations: He has long lasting collaborations with12 Associate Research Fellows from seven countries (Ana Santos, Artur Serrano, Brent Emerson, François Rigal, Kostas Triantis, Luis Borda-deÁgua, Margarita Florencio, Pedro Cardoso, Pedro Oromí, Robert Whittaker, Simone Fattorini, Thomas Matthews). He is editor of the following Journals: Community Ecology; Biodiversity Data Journal; Arquipélago -Life and Marine Sciences, Açoreana, Vieraea.
Supervisions: Overall, he has supervised 14 Post-Doc projects, 8 Ph.D . students and 24 MSc Students, and is currently supervising 5 Post-Docs and 9 Ph.D. Students.
Azorean Biodiversity Group: http://gba.uac.pt/member/paulo-a-v-borges
Center of Ecology Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c –IBBC): http://ce3c.ciencias.ulisboa.pt/member/paulo-a-v-borges
Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-2780-2008
SCOPUS AUTHOR: http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=7003533390
ORCID AUTHOR: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8448-7623