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I received my PhD in plant-arthropod interactions from the University of Amsterdam in 2004, where I was supervised by Maurice Sabelis and Arne Janssen. I then moved to the University of Montpellier for a post-doc with Isabelle Olivieri on experimental evolution of mites on plants, testing the evolution of specialization. My second post-doc was at the Gulbenkian Science Institute with Isabel Gordo, again on experimental evolution but with bacteria, aiming at testing whether compensatory mutations followed Fisher’s model.
Since 2008, I am an FCT investigator, leading the ‘adaptation in heterogeneous environments’ sub-group, also known as ‘the fantastic mite squad’, which is located within Evolutionary Ecology, a group of cE3c. As the name indicates, we use spider mites (tiny spider-like herbivores) to address several issues that lie at the intersection between Ecology and Evolution.
Our current projects include the study of:
1- Host-parasite interactions, in which mites are either the parasite that infests plants or are parasitized by endosymbionts such as Wolbachia or bacterial pathogens such as Pseudomonas putida.
2- Mating strategies of spider mites, the consequences thereof, and the mechanism underlying them.
3- Sex allocation.
Clemente, S.H., Santos, I., Ponce, R., Rodrigues, L.R., Varela, S.A.M. & Magalhães, S. (2018) Despite reproductive interference, the net outcome of reproductive interactions among spider mite species is not necessarily costly.Behavioral Ecology, Online early, . DOI:10.1093/beheco/arx161 (IF2016 3,311; Q2 Behavioral Sciences)
Santos-Matos, G., Wybouw, N., Martins, N.E., Zélé, F., Riga, M., Leitão, A.B., Vontas, J., Grbić, M., Van Leeuwen, T., Magalhães, S. & Sucena, E. (2017) Tetranychus urticae mites do not mount an induced immune response against bacteria.Proceedings of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 284(1856), 20170401. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2017.0401 (IF2016 4,940; Q1 Biology)
Rodrigues, L.R., Figueiredo, A.R.T., Varela, S.A.M., Olivieri, I. & Magalhães, S. (2017) Male spider mites use chemical cues, but not the female mating interval, to choose between mates.Experimental and Applied Acarology, 71(1), 1-13. DOI:10.1007/s10493-016-0103-9 (IF2016 1,760; Q1 Entomology)