Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

Advances in Invasion Ecology

Dates & Venue
16-27 May 
Departament of Biology, University of Minho.
Room B2015
Course Info

Study of the impacts of biological invasions, a pervasive component of global change, has generated remarkable understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of the spread of introduced populations. The growing field of Invasion Ecology, poised at a crossroads where ecology, social sciences, resource management, and public perception meet, is increasingly exposed to critical scrutiny from several perspectives. Although the rate of biological invasions, elucidation of their consequences, and knowledge about mitigation are growing, many gaps still persist. In this course, using a multidisciplinary approach and theoretical and empirical examples, we will highlight recent progress in understanding invasion impacts and management, and discuss the challenges that the discipline faces in its science and interactions with society


Pedro Anastácio 
MARE, University of Évora, Portugal
Francisco Arenas  
CIIMAR, University of Porto, Portugal
Ester Dias
CIIMAR, University of Porto, Portugal
Elsa Froufe
CIIMAR, University of Porto, Portugal
Manuel Lopes-Lima 
CIIMAR, University of Porto, Portugal
Elizabete Marchante 
CEF, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Filipe Ribeiro 
MARE, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Ronaldo Sousa
CBMA, University of Minho, Portugal
Joana Vicente
CIBIO-InBio, University of Porto, Portugal



. History of Biological Invasions Research
. Vectors and pathways of introductions
Abiotic factors and their importance in biological invasions 
. Homogenization
. Biotic traits and their importance in biological invasions
. Species distribution modelling applied to biological invasions 
. Dispersal of invasive species by natural vectors
. Biological invasions and evolution
. Biological invasions and other global stressors
. Ecological and economic impacts: from individuals to ecosystems
. Stable isotopes applied to biological invasions
. Prevention, Eradication, control and containment
. Human dimension in biological invasions


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