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Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Tropical Plants and Systems

Ana Rita Pena

Grant Researcher

After I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) in 2015, I acquired a master’s Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2018), where I evaluated and discussed the evolutionary history of the endemic reptiles found in Cabo Verde. Through this work, I was able to explore and learn several different bioinformatic tools from a wide range of focus, such as data manipulation, data storage and data analysis. Presently, I’m currently working in Tropical Plants and Systems Sub-Group of Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology (ESFE) Research group of cE3c.

Currently, I’m working in the research project CajOmics – “Characterizing and monitoring cashew economically important diseases in West Africa as a prospective measure for sustainable production: a case study on Guinea-Bissau”, where I’m assigned several bioinformatic tasks. As such, my work is focused in three main areas: i) analysis of ecoclimatic variables to understand how they relate to the spread of the diseases in the cashew orchards; ii) statistical analysis and data processing of data collected on the field; and iii) statistical modelling using generalized linear models (GLM) and generalized linear mixed models (GLMM) to identify the geospatial structure of the main pathogenic fungi found in the cashew plantations. As the project is centred into two different main eco-climate areas, all data and analyses will be correlated to assess how they compare to each other in the several variables. Also, I have strong expertise in analysing big datasets from phylogenetic analysis and Next-generating sequencing, which I am developing under the scope of the project CajOmics.