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I received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Lisbon in 2013 and for the past few years I was head of the Biodiversity Conservation Unit at Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF), managing several projects on wildlife conservation and issues related with Natura 2000 network. I was the national representative in the Expert Group on Management of Natura 2000 of the European Commission and I am a member of the Group of Experts on The European Diploma for Protected Areas of the Council of Europe.
I am a superior technician at ICNF currently on a leave of absence. My research focuses mostly on bat ecology and conservation, namely: (a) habitat selection and space use by threatened species of bats - definition of landscape management strategies; (b) radio-tracking of nocturnal flying bats; (c) bat species identification using echolocation calls - bio-acoustical techniques for the detection of foraging bats; and (d) biogeography of bats on tropical and island systems. Presently, and in addition to these issues, I am interested on evaluating how tree distribution patterns and relatedness, within a tropical forest, is the result of the combined effect of plant traits and animal behaviour.
Grilo, C., Afonso, B.C., Afonso, F., et al. (2022) Mammals in Portugal: a data set of terrestrial, volant, and marine mammal occurrences in Portugal.Ecology, 103(6), e3654. DOI:10.1002/ecy.3654 (IF2021 6,433; Q1 Ecology)
Heleno, R.H., Mendes, F., Coelho, A.P., Ramos, J.A., Palmeirim, J.M., Rainho, A. & de Lima, R.F. (2022) The upsizing of the São Tomé seed dispersal network by introduced animals.Oikos, 2022(2), e08279. DOI:10.1111/oik.08279 (IF2021 4,257; Q1 Ecology)
Rainho, A. (2022) Positive interactions drive bat distribution in a remote oceanic archipelago (Azores, Portugal).Diversity, 14(1), 17. DOI:10.3390/d14010017 (IF2021 3,031; Q3 Ecology)
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