I graduated in Environmental Biology and received my master degree in Conservation Biology, both from the University of Lisbon. I started a PhD in Biology (specialty Ethology) to where I studied mate-choice copying generalization (MCCG) using guppies (P. reticulata) as models. MCCG is a mechanism of non-independent mate-choice where individuals change their mate preference favouring similar mates to the ones they saw being chosen by conspecifics. I am also used computer simulations to understand the evolutionary implications of this behaviour.
In 2017 I received a grant from FCT for the BIODIV (Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution) Doctoral Programme, so I am starting this PhD as a continuation from my previous research.
My goal is (1) to understand how female generalizes mate-choice during the MCCG process and (2) to incorporate this knowledge in a mathematical model to predict the impact of MCCG in sexual selection and evolution.
My PhD is currently tutored by Prof. Margarida Matos from cE3c and co-tutored by Dr. Susana A. M. Varela from cE3c and by Prof. Ingo Schlupp from the University of Oklahoma.
Borda-de-Água, L., Ascensão, F., Sapage, M., Barrientos, R. & Pereira, H.M. (2018) On the identification of mortality hotspots in linear infrastructures.Basic and Applied Ecology, In Press, . DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2018.11.001 (IF2017 2,144; Q2 Ecology)
Santos, M., Sapage, M., Matos, M. & Varela, S.A.M. (2017) Mate-choice copying: a fitness-enhancing behavior that evolves by indirect selection.Evolution, 71(6), 1456-1464. DOI:10.1111/evo.13235 (IF2017 3,818; Q1 Evolutionary Biology)
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