I’m graduated in Biology and MSc in Conservation Biology with a postgraduate degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before starting my PhD, I have developed my professional activity at the Butterfly House of the National Museum of Natural History and Science of Lisbon University, an exhibition of living butterflies with over 50,000 visitors/year, where I was responsible for its daily management and for the promotion of science communication and educational programs, science exhibitions and butterfly monitoring projects.
In 2015, I was awarded with an honourable mention within the contest “Bolsa de Empreendedorismo 2015” attributed by the Representation of the European Commission in Portugal with a project in the field of scientific culture.
At the beginning of 2017, I started a PhD in the frame of the Biodiversity, Genetic and Evolution (BIODIV) Doctoral Program (FCUL, University of Lisbon), within the Conservation in Socio-Ecological Ecosystems group of cE3c. In my PhD, supervised by Luísa Gigante Carvalheiro, I am interested in understanding which are the main drivers of invasion of the Asian wasp (Vespa velutina) in Portugal, in a way to predict the risk and the potential range of expansion. I ‘m also interested in evaluating the impact of Vespa velutina on beekeeping activity and on ecosystems services, namely on pollination of crops that highly depend on pollinators.
2011: MSc Conservation Biology (University of Évora)
2003: BSc Biology – (Faculty of Science, University of Coimbra)
Verdasca, M.J., Godinho, R., Rocha, R.G., Portocarrero, M., Carvalheiro, L.G., Rebelo, R. & Rebelo, H. (2022) A metabarcoding tool to detect predation of the honeybee Apis mellifera and other wild insects by the invasive Vespa velutina.Journal of Pest Science, 95, 997-1007. DOI:0.1007/s10340-021-01401-3 (IF2020 5,918; Q1 Entomology)
Verdasca, M.J., Rebelo, H., Carvalheiro, L.G. & Rebelo, R. (2021) Invasive hornets on the road: motorway-driven dispersal must be considered in management plans of Vespa velutina.NeoBiota, 69, 177-198. DOI:10.3897/neobiota.69.71352 (IF2020 3,684; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)
Verdasca, M.J., Carvalheiro, L.G., Rebelo, H. & Rebelo, R. (2021) Avaliação da perceção do impacto da vespa-asiática (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) na atividade apícola em Portugal. LUCANUS - Revista de Ambiente e Sociedade, 5, 84-103.
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