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Biodiversity Research


The nine islands of the Azores, isolated in the middle of the Atlantic, with different geological histories, are wonderful ecological and evolutionary laboratories.

The 1980’s saw an upsurge in scientific research in the Azores. With the creation of the University of the Azores in 1976, scientists based on the islands initiated research on different aspects of the archipelago’s natural history. In the last 20 years, several research groups from the University of the Azores contributed decisively to the knowledge of the evolutionary history and biodiversity of the archipelago. The first list of Azorean terrestrial biodiversity and a Web Portal dedicated to Azorean biodiversity and its distribution across the islands is now available (www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt). Also, marine biodiversity is well studied and documented (www.intradop.info), with a growing interest in off-shore, deep-sea habitats, such as seamounts and hydrothermal vent fields.