Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD, researcher


CBA research group(s):
Theoretical Ecology and Biodiversity Change (main)

Personal webpage

Team webpage


Henrique Miguel Pereira

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Ecological Modeling, Protected Area Management, Countryside Biogeography, Global Change, Theoretical Ecology.


Academic Qualifications

- PhD in Biological Sciences

- MSc in Biophysics

- 5-year college graduation in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Recent Publications

Beilin R., Lindborg R., Stenseke M., Pereira H.M., Llausàs A., Slätmo E., Cerqueira Y., Navarro L., Rodrigues P., Reichelt N., Munro N. & Queiroz C. 2014. Analysing how drivers of agricultural land abandonment affect biodiversity and cultural landscapes using case studies from Scandinavia, Iberia and Oceania. Land Use Policy 36:60–72.

Borda-de-Água L., Grilo C. & Pereira H.M. 2014. Modeling the impact of road mortality on barn owl (Tyto alba) populations using age-structured models. Ecological Modelling 276:29-37.

Capinha C., Rödder D., Pereira H.M. & Kappes H. 2014. Response of non-native European terrestrial gastropods to novel climates correlates with biogeographical and biological traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23(8):857-866.

Ceia-Hasse A., Sinervo B., Vicente L. & Pereira H.M. 2014. Integrating ecophysiological models into species distribution projections of European reptile range shifts in response to climate change. Ecography 37:1-10.

Pereira H.M., Ziv G. & Miranda M. 2014. Countryside Species-Area Relationship as a Valid Alternative to the Matrix-Calibrated Species-Area Model. Conservation Biology 28(3):874-876.

Vicente J.R., Pereira H.M., Randin C.F., Gonçalves J., Lomba A., Alves P., Metzger J., Cezar M., Guisan A. & Honrado J. 2014. Environment and dispersal paths override life strategies and residence time in determining regional patterns of invasion by alien plants. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 16:1-10.

Guilherme J.L. & Pereira H.M. 2013. Adaptation of Bird Communities to Farmland Abandonment in a Mountain Landscape. Plos One 8:e73619.

Honrado J.P., Vieira C., Soares C., Monteiro M.B., Marcos B., Pereira H.M. & Partidário M.R. 2013. Can we infer about ecosystem services from EIA and SEA practice? A framework for analysis and examples from Portugal. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 40:14-24.

Pereira H.M., Ferrier S., Walters M., Geller G.N., Jongman R.H.G., Scholes R.J., Bruford M.W., Brummitt N., Butchart S.H.M., Cardoso A.C., Coops N.C., Dulloo E., Faith D.P., Freyhof J., Gregory R.D. , Heip C. , Höft R., Hurtt G., Jetz W., Karp D.S., McGeoch M.A., Obura D., Onoda Y. , Pettorelli N., Reyers B., Sayre R., Scharlemann J.P.W., Stuart S.N., Turak E., Walpole M. & Wegmann M. 2013. Essential Biodiversity Variables. Science 339:277-278.

Proença V. & Pereira H.M. 2013. Species-area models to assess biodiversity change in multi-habitat landscapes: the importance of species habitat affinity. Basic and Applied Ecology 14:102-114.

Barros F.B., Varela S.A.M., Pereira H.M. & Vicente L.A. 2012. Medicinal use of fauna by a traditional community in the Brazilian Amazonia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 8(9):37.

Borda-de-Água L., Borges P.A.V., Hubbell S.P. & Pereira H.M. 2012. Spatial scaling of species abundance distributions. Ecography 35:549-556.

Navarro L.M. & Pereira H.M. 2012. Rewilding abandoned landscapes in Europe. Ecosystems 15:900-912.

Pereira H.M., Borda-de-Água L. & Martins I. 2012. Geometry and scale in species–area relationships. Nature 482:E3-E4.

Pereira H.M., Navarro L.M. & Martins I.S. 2012. Global biodiversity change: the bad, the good, and the unknown. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 37:25-50.

Proença V., Honrado J. & Pereira H.M. 2012. From abandoned farmland to self-sustaining forests: challenges and solutions. Ecosystems 15:881-882.

Scholes R.J., Walters M., Turak E., Saarenmaa H., Heip C.H., Tuama É.Ó., Faith D.P., Mooney H.A., Ferrier S., Jongman R.H., Harrison I.J., Yahara T., Pereira H.M., Larigauderie A. & Geller G. 2012. Building a global observing system for biodiversity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4:139-146.

Barros F.B., Pereira H.M. & Vicente L. 2011. Use and knowledge of the razor-billed curassow Pauxi tuberosa (spix, 1825) (galliformes, cracidae) by a riverine community of the Oriental Amazonia, Brazil. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 7:1.

Borda-de-Água L., Navarro L., Gavinhos C. & Pereira H.M. 2011. Spatio-temporal impacts of roads on the persistence of populations: analytic and numerical approaches. Landscape Ecology 26(2):253-265.

Brooks T.M., Brook B.W., Koh L.P., Pereira H.M., Pimm S.L., Rosenzweig M.L. & Sodhi N.S. 2011. Extinctions: consider all species. Nature 474:284.

Figueiredo J. & Pereira H.M. 2011. Regime shifts in a socio-ecological model of farmland abandonment. Landscape Ecology 26(5):737-749.

Jones J.P.G., Collen B., Atkinson G., Baxter P.W.J., Bubb P., Illian J.B., Katzner T.E., Keane A., Loh J., Mcdonald-Madden E., Nicholson E., Pereira H.M., Possingham H.P., Pullin A.S., Rodrigues A.S.L., Ruiz-Gutierrez V., Sommerville M. & Milner-Gulland E.J. 2011. The Why, What, and How of Global Biodiversity Indicators Beyond the 2010 Target. Conservation Biology 25(3):450–457.

Barros F.B., Peloso P.L., Vicente L., Pereira H.M. & Sturaro M.J. 2010. The advertisement call of the Narrow-mouthed frog Chiasmnocleis avilapiresae Peloso & Sturaro, 2008 (Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae). Zootaxa 2657:66-68.

Pereira H.M., Belnapp J., Brummit N., Collen B., Ding H., Gonzalez M., Gregory R., Honrado J., Jongman R., Julliard R., Mcrae L., Proença V., Rodrigues P., Opige M., Rodriguez J. P., Schmeller D., Van Swaay C. & Vieira C. 2010. Global biodiversity monitoring: filling the gaps where it counts the most. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(9):459-460.

Pereira H.M., Leadley P., Proença V., Alkemade R., Scharlemann J.P., Fernandez-Manjarrés J., Araújo M.B., Balvanera P., Biggs R., Cheung, W., Cooper, D., Gilman E.L., Guénette S., Hurtt G.C., Huntington H.P., Mace G.M., Oberdorff T., Revenga C., Rodrigues P., Scholes R.J., Sumaila R.U. & Walpole M. 2010. Scenarios for global biodiversity in the 21st century. Science 330(6010):1496-1501.

Proença V.M, Pereira H.M. & Vicente L. 2010. Resistance to wildfire and early regeneration in natural broadleaved forest and pine plantation. Acta Oecologica 36(6):626-633.

Proença V.M., Pereira H.M., Guilherme J. & Vicente L. 2010. Plant and bird diversity in natural forests and in native and exotic plantations in NW Portugal. Acta Oecologica 36:219-226.

Carpenter S., Mooney H., Agard J., Capistrano D., De Fries R., Diaz S., Dietz T., Duraiappah A., Oteng-Yeboah A., Pereira H.M., Perrings C., Reid W., Sarukhan J., Scholes R. & Whyte A. 2009. Science for managing ecosystem services: Beyond the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(5):1305-1312.

Proença V.M., Pereira H.M. & Vicente L. 2008. Organismal complexity is an indicator of species existence value. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(6):298-299.

Pereira H.M., Proença V. & Vicente L. 2007. Does species diversity really drive speciation? Ecography 30:328-330.


Ongoing Projects

  • 2007/10 ABAFOBIO – Farmland abandonment, fire and biodiversity (POCI/AMB/55701/2004)

  • 2009/12 Rethinking agricultural land abandonment to create socially responsive and biodiverse landscapes (Formas – Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning)

  • 2010/13 EcoSensing: indicators, methods, and protocols for reporting and monitoring the condition of biodiversity and ecosystems in rural landscapes  (PTDC/AGR-AAM/104819/2008)


Other Information

National Representative for the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Chair of the Steering Committee of the Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations – (2014 - Present) and Coordinator of the Working Group on Terrestrial Species Monitoring (2009-Present)

Lead author of the group preparing a scenarios review for the Global Biodiversity Outlook of the Convention of Biological Diversity (2009-2010)

Member of the Steering Group of the European Commission initiative on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services (2011-Present)

Coordinator of the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2003-2009)