Dr Duarte Viana

Biodiversity Synthesis
sDiv – Synthesis Centre

Research interests


I am broadly interested in understanding how biodiversity is distributed on Earth by studying the processes governing community structure and species distributions, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the delineation of general principles in community ecology and biogeography. My present work aims at understanding how spatial and sampling scale influence the inference of community assembly processes – niche, neutral and spatial processes – made from diversity patterns. 

Short CV


  • 2017–ongoing
    Postdoc (Humboldt Fellow), Biodiversity Synthesis Research Group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoc, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Spain
  • 2009–2014
    Ph.D., Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC) and Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
  • 2008–2009
    MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
  • 2006–2008
    Research assistant, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
  • 1999–2005
    BSc in Biology, Universidade de Évora, Portugal

Selected publications


Viana, D.S., Santamaría, L., Figuerola, J. 2016. Migratory birds as global dispersal vectors. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31 (10): 763-775. 

Viana, D.S., Cid, B., Figuerola, J., Santamaría, L. 2016. Disentangling the roles of diversity resistance and priority effects in the assembly of aquatic communities. Oecologia 182 (3): 865-875.

Viana, D.S., Gangoso, L., Bouten, W., Figuerola, J. 2016. Overseas seed dispersal by migratory birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283 (1822): 20152406.

Viana, D.S., Figuerola, J., Schwenk, K., Manca, M., Hobæk, A., Mjelde, M., Preston, C.D., Gornall, R.J., Croft, J.M., King, R.A., Green, A.J. & Santamaría, L. 2015. Assembly mechanisms determining high species turnover in aquatic communities over regional and continental scales. Ecography, 39 (3): 281–288.

Viana, D.S., Santamaría, L., Schwenk, K., Manca, M., Hobæk, A., Mjelde, M., Preston, C.D., Gornall, R.J., Croft, J.M., King, R.A., Green, A.J. & Figuerola, J. 2014. Environment and biogeography drive aquatic plant and cladoceran species richness across Europe. Freshwater Biology, 59: 2096-2106.

Viana, D.S., Santamaría, L., Michot, T.C., Figuerola, J. 2013. Allometric scaling of long distance seed dispersal by migratory birds. American Naturalist, 181(5): 649-662.

Viana, D.S., Santamaría, L., Michot, T.C., Figuerola, J. 2013. Migratory strategies of waterbirds shape the continental-scale dispersal of aquatic organisms. Ecography, 36(4): 430-438.

iDiv publications


W. M. G. Vansteelant, L. Gangoso, W. Bouten, D. S. Viana, J. Figuerola

(2021): Adaptive drift and barrier-avoidance by a fly-forage migrant along a climate-driven flyway. Movement Ecology

Chase, J. M., Jeliazkov, A., Ladouceur, E., Viana, D. S.

(2020): Biodiversity conservation through the lens of metacommunity ecology. (in press) *

Gangoso, L., Viana, D. S., Dokter, A. M., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Figuerola, J., Barbosa, S. A. and Bouten, W.

(2020): Cascading effects of climate variability on the breeding success of an edge population of an apex predator. Journal of Animal Ecology (in press) *

Thompson, P. L., Guzman, L. M., De Meester, L., Horvath, Z., Ptacnik, R., Vanschoenwinkel, B., Viana, D. S., Chase, J. M.

(2020): A process-based metacommunity framework linking local and regional scale community ecology. Ecology Letters (in press) *

Viana, D. S., Chase, J. M.

(2019): Spatial scale modulates the inference of metacommunity assembly processes. Ecology 100(2), e02576

Ferraguti, M., Martinez-de la Puente, J., Bensch, S., Roiz, D., Ruiz, S., Viana, D. S., Soriguer, R. C., Figuerola, J.

(2018): Ecological determinants of avian malaria infections: An integrative analysis at landscape, mosquito and vertebrate community levels. Journal of Animal Ecology 87(3), 727-40

Viana, D. S., Granados, J. E., Fandos, P., Pérez, J. M., Cano-Manuel, F. J., Burón, D., Fandos, G., Aguado, M. Á. P., Figuerola, J., Soriguer, R. C.

(2018): Linking seasonal home range size with habitat selection and movement in a mountain ungulate. Movement Ecology 6(1)

Viana, D. S.

(2017): Can Aquatic Plants Keep Pace with Climate Change?. Frontiers in Plant Science 8(1906)
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Puschstrasse 4
04103 Leipzig

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Leipzig University

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