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I received a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Lisbon in 2008 and I am currently working in the Computational Biology & Population Genomics group of cE3c. I am a professor at the University of Lisbon and my research focuses on Evolutionary biology, Acoustic behaviour, Entomology, Biosystematics and Taxonomy.
For many years I have been involved in biodiversity and entomofauna characterization studies and the monitoring of insect communities in projects related with environment, conservation and ecology.
I am presently, working on the biosystematics and evolution of species of cicadas (Insecta: Hemiptera) with focus on the divergence among populations of closely related species in the Mediterranean area.
My current research is driven by three main objectives: i) collect long-term ecological data to investigate the processes affecting patterns of species distribution and diversity; ii) use different levels of analysis, namely genetic, behavioural and morphometric; iii) use cicadas as a model system to investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms and processes leading to population divergence and speciation.
Costa, G.J., Nunes, V.L., Marabuto, E., Mendes, R., Laurentino, T.G., Quartau, J.A., Paulo, O.S. & Simões. P.C. (2017) Morphology, songs and genetics identify two new cicada species from Morocco: Tettigettalna afroamissa sp. nov. and Berberigetta dimelodica gen. nov. & sp. nov. (Hemiptera: Cicadettini).Zootaxa, 4237(3), 517-544. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4237.3.4 (IF2015 0,994; Q2 Zoology)