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I received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Évora in 2013 and I am currently collaborating with the Natural History & Systematics Research Group of cE3c. I am based at the University of Évora/MARE-Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, where I am a post-doc researcher. My research focuses on the molecular processes associated with distinct life-history types in natural populations of a nonmodel organism. For many years I have been involved in evolutionary biology, population genetics, phylogeography and conservation genetics of freshwater fish, with particular interest in lampreys from the family Petromyzontidae. I currently collaborate with several colleagues working on similar thematics, being PI in a FCT-funded project entitled “EVOLAMP-Genomic footprints of the evolution of alternative life histories in lampreys”, which includes colleagues from University of Basel, Inland Fisheries Ireland and University of Durham.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: 1) Identify general molecular processes associated with life-history types in lampreys; 2)Understanding aspects of migratory versus resident life cycles in lampreys; and 3) Examine the implications of lamprey diversity in conservation measures.