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Local adaptation in Drosophila

Filipa Vala

Post-Doc Researcher

I'm a PhD in Ecology and Evolution (University of Amsterdam, 2001). As a researcher I studied the evolution of host-parasite interactions, particularly, interactions with the maternally-transmitted bacteria Wolbachia. This line of research has implications for a few major evolutionary topics: major transitions in evolution and multilevel selection theory, evolution of virulence, evolution of sex, speciation processes. Around 2006, I made a career move to science communication. This was motivated by a training period at the daily newspaper, Público. I've worked for television and documentary, exhibitions, education programs, and have single or co-authored a few books.
Presently, I hold a FCT postdoc fellowship, and I am a member of the Research Group Evolutionary Ecology, within the Local Adaptation in Drosophila subgroup. I am the coordinator of the Evolutionary Studies Program EvoS at the University of Lisbon. I teach EvoS-1 at the University of Lisbon and EvoS-2, an Advanced Course of cE3c. I also assist cE3c with their media relations and science communication outreach. Within the context of EvoS, I am planning to develop a research project that uses multilevel selection theory to explain rationality (or the lack there of) in human economic behavior.