André F. Henriques is conducting a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology (Biology and Ecology of the Global Changes doctoral programme) at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, starting in 2023 within the Computational Biology and Population Genomics (CoBiG2) group of CE3C, under the supervision of Octávio S. Paulo (CE3C), and Luísa G. Carvalheiro (CE3C and UFG). His main research interests are local adaptation and landscape genomics. He is particulary interested in how the land-use changes (urbanization and agriculture) could affect the neutral and adaptive genetic variability of the natural populations of pollinators. In His PhD, He is investigating these questions using three common and important wild bees species in the Iberia: Andrena flavipes (Panzer, 1799), Bombus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758), and Lasioglossum malachurum (Kirby, 1802). Using low coverage whole genome sequencing, the main goals of His PhD project are: (1) De novo genome assembly and annotation of Lasioglossum malachurum species and improving the genome annotation of the other two targets species; (2) Detection of natural selection signatures and unraveling the architecture - concentrated or diffused - of the process of local adaptation to urbanization and agriculture; (3) Characterization of the functional response associated with the signatures of selection detected in the genome of these species; and (4) Study the convergence and redundancy of the processes of local adaptation among the sampled sites.
Sousa, P., Henriques, A., Silva, S.E., Carvalheiro, L.G., Smagghe, G., Michez, D., Wood, T.J. & Paulo, O.S. (2023) Genomic patterns of iberian wild bees reveal levels of diversity, differentiation and population structure, supporting the “refugia within refugia” hypothesis.Diversity, 15(6), 746. DOI:10.3390/d15060746 (IF2022 2,4; Q3 Ecology)
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