The research carried out at InBIO is mainly focused on the organism composition of the biosphere and the underlying mechanisms that account for it, with the ultimate goal to generate the knowledge necessary for PRESERVATION OF NATURE and prediction of its future. This knowledge is particularly important in light of the rapid loss of biodiversity in all regions of the world and with the expected global change.
InBIO currently harbours 21 RESEARCH GROUPS, whose activity is structured upon THREE MAIN RESEARCH LINES, covering the whole research field:
Understanding the history and molecular mechanisms of divergence and speciation in domestic and wild species, as well as in humans
Understanding thue mechanisms driving spatial and temporal dynamics in diversity across habitats, landscapes and regions, with a special emphasis on climate and land use changes
Understanding the natural and anthropogenic mechanims driving genetic structure and flows, demographic fluctuations, range expansion abd contractions, and species' interactions
InBIO’s engagement in these three major research areas prompts the INTEGRATION OF BASIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO APPLIED QUESTIONS, which FACILITATES TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND SCIENTIFIC DISSEMINATION.
In turn, these allow for a significant enhancement of the impact of the research performed, thus promoting the achievement of a robust scientific underpinning for innovation, scientific culture and education.
The PERFECT ALLIANCE BETWEEN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION at InBIO is elegantly demonstrated by the 3 ongoing INVITED CHAIRS funded in close collaboration with private companies, currently installed in the context of a very relevant funding scheme launched by FCT in 2008.
Invited Chairs in Biodiversity
InBIO currently hosts a wide range of RESEARCH PROJECTS addressing a wealth of cutting-edge issues in biodiversity and evolutionary biology. These projects are FUNDED BY NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ENTITIES, particularly in the scope of highly competitive calls, as well as by a wide variety of PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERS.
The wide depth and breadth of the research projects carried out at InBIO rests on a successful combination of MULTIDISCIPLINARITY and INTERNATIONALIZATION. Our research groups integrate researchers with diversified skills and expertise, coming from different thematic areas and backgrounds. Furthermore, InBIO strongly stimulates NETWORKING and COLLABORATION, especially through joint and innovative ventures.
InBIO’s researchers have a HIGH PUBLICATION RECORD, with their findings regularly featuring in prestigious international peer reviewed scientific journals, such as NATURE, ECOLOGY LETTERS and TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION.
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