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I received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Biosystematics from the University of Lisbon in 2002 and I am currently working in the Conservation Ecology Research Group (CE) of cE3c.
I am a professor of Herpetology and Developmental Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon. I am also the external curator of the herpetological collections of the MUHNAC. My research focuses invasion ecology, with the main focus in freshwater ecosystems, but I also work in other topics, mainly related with herpetology and cork-oak woodland ecology.
I currently collaborate with teams from 8 countries in Europe and Africa. These collaborations include funded programs and/ or co-supervision of PhD students. My main current project is INVAXEN – Invasive Biology of Xenopus laevis in Europe. I’m also the scientific responsible for the eradication plan of this species In Portugal, a program lead by ICNF with the support of the Oeiras Municipality.
The main objectives of my current research are: i) to assess the impacts of invasive species in freshwater habitats; ii) to contribute to the eradication of invasive species, while monitoring ecosystem recovery during and after eradication; iii) to understand trophic web functioning of temporary ponds, and the impacts of invasive species, climate change, and their interactions in this endangered habitats; iv) to collect long-term data on herpetological communities of cork-oak woodlands.
Carreira, B.M., Segurado, P., Laurila, A. & Rebelo, R. (2017) Can heat waves change the trophic role of the world's most invasive crayfish? Diet shifts in Procambarus clarkii.PLOS One, 12(9), e0183108. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0183108 (IF2016 2,806; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Goncalves, V., Gherardi, F. & Rebelo, R. (2017) Bivalve or gastropod? Using profitability estimates to predict prey choice by P. clarkii.Acta Ethologica, 20(2), 107-117. DOI:10.1007/s10211-017-0251-x (IF2016 1,417; Q2 Zoology)
Courant, J., Vogt, S., Marques, R., Measey, J., Secondi, J., Rebelo, R., De Villiers, A., Ihlow, F., De Busschere, C., Backeljau, T., Rodder, D. & Herrel, A. (2017) Are invasive populations characterized by a broader diet than native populations?PeerJ, 5, e3250. DOI:10.7717/peerj.3250 (IF2016 2,177; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)