Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c),
Building C2, 5th Floor,
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa,
1749-016 Campo Grande, Lisbon,
H Index of Web of Science 8
I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Phylogeography and Molecular Systematics) from the University of Cardiff (Wales, UK) in 2005 and I am currently an invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Animal Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a researcher in wildlife genetics in the Evolutionary Genetics group of cE3c.
Working on wildlife genetics means that my research activities and interests include phylogeography, population genetics, molecular systematics and landscape genetics toward the conservation and management of wildlife.
Topics of recent and ongoing research are:
i) development of molecular markers for non-invasive and population genetic investigations of mammalian carnivores
ii) studying hybridization in a conservation genetics context
iii) definition of evolutionary significant units in threatened species
iv) analyses of natural and human-mediated colonisations and range expansions within the framework of, respectively, conservation status assessments and projects on biological invasions
v) landscape genetics to evaluate wildlife population connectivity across road barriers and between protected areas
vi) population genetic structure of mesocarnivores in Iberia
International collaborations include Michael Bruford and Mafalda Costa (Cardiff University), Juha Merilä (University of Helsinki), Craig Moritz (Australian National University), Mats Björklund (Uppsala University), Shomita Mukherjee (SACON, India) and Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS, India).
I am currently co-supervising one final year FCT PhD student (André Pinto Silva) and tutoring a first year PhD student in the curricular year of the BIODIV doctoral program at the cE3c (Teresa Santos). André is using small felids in India to evaluate and design networks of protected areas considering climate change scenarios. Teresa’s thesis, starting in 2019, will involve population and conservation genomics of southern African elephants, expanding on her MSc thesis on the population genetics of elephants in private nature reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park.
Adega, F., Matoso Silva, R., Kjöllerström, H., Vercammen, P., Raudsepp, T., Collares-Pereira, M.J., Fernandes, C., Oom, M.M. & Chaves, R. (2018). Comparative chromosome painting in genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genetta), the only known feliforms with a highly rearranged karyotype.Cytogenetic and Genome Research, Online Early, . DOI:10.1159/000491868 (IF2017 1,587; Q4 Cell Biology)
Liu, Y-H., Wang, L., Xu, T., Guo, X., Li, Y., Yin, T-T., Yang, H-C., Yang, H., Adeola, A.C., Sanke, O.J., Otecko, N.O., Wang, M., Ma, Y., Charles, O.S., Sinding, M-H.S., Gopalakrishnan, S., Samaniego, J.A., Hansen, A.J., Fernandes, C., Gaubert, P., Budd, J., Dawuda, P.M., Rueness, E.K., Jiang, L., Zhai, W., Gilbert, M.T.P., Peng, M-S., Qi, X., Wang, G-D. & Zhang, Y-P. (2018) Whole-genome sequencing of African dogs provides insights into adaptations against tropical parasites.Molecular Biology and Evolution, 35(2), 287-298. DOI:10.1093/molbev/msx258 (IF2017 10,217; Q1 Evolutionary Biology)
Silva, A.C., Bragg, J.G., Potter, S., Fernandes C., Coelho, M.M. & Moritz, C. (2017) Tropical specialist versus climate generalist: diversification and demographic history of sister species of Carlia skinks from northwestern Australia.Molecular Ecology, 26(15), 4045-4058. DOI:10.1111/mec.14185 (IF2017 6.131; Q1 Ecology)