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Exploring the processes driving the distribution of biodiversity to provide high quality biodiversity impact assessments and identify priority conservation areas, safeguarding biodiversity for future generations.

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Global seaweed productivity

Seaweed productivity is strongly related to climatic variables, peaking at temperate latitudes and exhibiting exceptionally high per-area production rates, 10 times higher than coastal phytoplankton in temperate and polar seas.

Major expansion of marine forests in a warmer Arctic

Future expansions of marine forests in response to changing climate will likely elicit major changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functions of the Arctic.

Mapping the global biodiversity patterns of marine forests

Stacked species distribution modelling identifies regions of high and low species richness and endemicity of marine forests of brown algae globally.

Biodiversity connectivity in Western Africa MPAs

Biophysical modelling revealed that connectivity differs sharply among ecological groups, from highly connected (e.g., fish) to isolated ecosystem structuring species (e.g., corals) that might undermine conservation efforts, as they are the feeding or nursery habitats of many other species.

Vulnerability of species to low oxygen under climate change

Tolerance to low oxygen conditions is greater in smaller than larger, and less mobile than mobile taxa. The most vulnerable taxa are large active fish, and the least include mussels, hydrozoans, and jellyfishes.

The tropicalization of marine temperate communities

Predictive modelling along a biogeographic transition zone revealed that species with tropical affinities have increased in frequency compared to cold-temperate species.

The benefit of the Paris Agreement for demersal fishing targets

Machine learning distribution modelling demonstrates the benefits of complying with the Paris Agreement for 10 commercially important groundfish species distributed in the North Atlantic.

Network of marine reserves weak in protecting biodiversity

Biophysical modelling tuned with data on species dispersal ecology predicted low connectivity for a vast spectrum of biodiversity in the European network of marine reserves.

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Jorge Assis [PhD, Research Assistant]
Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve [Faro, Portugal]
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