New Subject Editor: Jorge Assis

Submitted by editor on 9 February 2024.

 I am a marine ecologist, data scientist, and climate change analyst, leader of the Biodiversity Data Science research group (Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve). I have a background in statistical modelling and an interest in patterns and drivers of biodiversity, biogeography and evolution, with global applications in climate change impact assessments (e.g., IPCC). During the last years, I have focused on two major questions: (1) how climate-driven distributional shifts and oceanographic connectivity structure global marine biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, and (2) what are the main consequences of climate change and local selective pressures to marine biodiversity. These leading questions, particularly unknown for marine ecosystems, were studied at multiple temporal scales, from past climate extremes (e.g., Last Glacial Maximum, ~20,000 years ago) to the next generation of climate change scenarios. I take a leading role in developing improved machine learning and computational frameworks for predicting global biodiversity patterns under contrasting global change scenarios, and also platforms for sharing data under the FAIR (i.e., Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principle that follow standards of reproducibility.

Keywords: Marine Biodiversity, Climate Change, Macroecology, Macroevolution, Data Science