CIBIO is a Research Unit in Biological Sciences which conducts basic and applied research on the three main components of biodiversity: genes, species and ecosystems. Since January 2011 CIBIO is part of InBIO Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (Associated Laboratory).
Within CIBIO three different but related research lines are: i) the assessment of molecular diversity in natural populations, ii) the analysis of biodiversity patterns at the species and ecosystem levels, and iii) the use and characterization of plant and animal genetic resources. Along these research lines, CIBIO is organized in different research groups. These research groups are headed by a Group Leader and have a high degree of scientific autonomy.
CIBIO at the University of Évora has 20 effective members and 24 associate members. The group develops research in Biodiversity, Climate Change and Global Change. Research is driven by three unifying questions:
1) how did past climate changes affect biodiversity?
2) how might current and future environmental changes affect biodiversity?
3) how can biodiversity be conserved given current and future challenges?
The coordinator of CIBIO-Évora is currently Prof. Miguel Bastos Araújo.