I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Miguel B. Araújo at the iBiochange Group (CSIC-National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid) and the Rui Nabeiro’ Biodiversity Chair (CIBIO-University of Évora, Portugal). I am a community ecologist trying (very hard!) to understand the mechanisms underlying species’ responses to loss or changes in their natural habitats. I believe that, in order to understand the consequences of such changes, we must be able to explain why those same species were supposed to be in their habitats in the first place! I use experimental and theoretical approaches that range from microcosms to macro-ecological models.
Personal website: http://mgmatias.wordpress.com/
Matias, M.G., Combe M., Barbera C., Mouquet N. 2013. Ecological strategies determine the insurance potential of biodiversity. Frontiers in Microbiology. 3, 1-9.
Matias, M.G., Mouquet, N., Chase, J.M. 2013. Dispersal stochasticity mediates species richness in source-sink metacommunities. Oikos. 122, 395–402.
Livingston, G.*, Matias, G.M.*, Calcagno, V., Barbera, C., Combe, M. Leibold, M.A., Mouquet, N. 2012. Competition–colonization dynamics in experimental bacterial metacommunities. Nature Communications.3, 1234. *These authors contributed equally to this work.
Matias M.G., Chapman, M.G., Underwood, A.J. O’Connor N.E. 2012. Increasing density of rare species of intertidal gastropods: tests of competitive ability compared with common species. Marine Ecology-Progress Series. 453, 107–116.
Matias M.G., Underwood, A. J., Hochuli, D. F. & Coleman, R. A. 2011. Habitat identity influences species-area relationships in heterogeneous habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 437, 135-145. Reviewed in Faculty of 1000 Biology