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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.
Faria, V.G., Martins, N.E., Magalhães, S., Paulo, T.F., Nolte, V., Schlötterer, C., Sucena, E. & Teixeira, L. (2016) Drosophila adaptation to viral infection through defensive symbiont evolution.PLoS Genetics, 12(9), e1006297. DOI:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006297 (IF2016 6,100; Q1 Genetics & Heredity)
Magalhães, S. & Sucena, E. (2016) Genetics of host-parasite interactions: towards a comprehensive dissection of Drosophila resistance to viral infection.Molecular Ecology, 20, 4981-4983. DOI:10.1111/mec.13834 (IF2016 6,086; Q1 Ecology)
Calatayud, J., Hórreo, J.L., Madrigal-González, J., Migeon, A., Rodríguez, M.Á., Magalhães, S. & Hortal, J. (2016) Geography and major host evolutionary transitions shape the resource use of plant parasites.PNAS - Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 113(35), 9840-9845. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1608381113 (IF2016 9,661; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)