Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c),
Building C2, 5th Floor,
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa,
1749-016 Campo Grande, Lisbon,
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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 two PhD students, André Pinto Silva and Ana Catarina Afonso Silva. André is using small felids in India to evaluate and design networks of protected areas considering climate change scenarios. Ana is using sister species of Australian skinks with different thermal ranges to investigate adaptive and distribution responses to climate change.
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 (IF2016 6,086; Q1 Ecology)
Derouiche, L., Vercammen, P., Bouhadad, R. & Fernandes, C. (2017) Genetic evidence supporting the taxonomic separation of the Arabian and Northwest African subspecies of the desert hedgehog (Paraechinus aethiopicus).Gene, 620, 54-65. DOI:10.1016/j.gene.2017.04.009 (IF2016 2,415; Q3 Genetics & Heredity)
Rodrigues, M., Bos, A.R., Schembri, P.J., de Lima, R.F., Lymberakis, P., Parpal, L., Cento, M., Ruette, S., Ozkurt, S.O., Santos-Reis, M., Merilä, J. & Fernandes, C. (2017) Origin and introduction history of the least weasel (Mustela nivalis) on Mediterranean and Atlantic islands inferred from genetic data.Biological Invasions, 19(1), 399-421. DOI:10.1007/s10530-016-1287-y (IF2016 2,473; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)