Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c),
Building C2, 5th Floor,
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa,
1749-016 Campo Grande, Lisbon,
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I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Phylogeography and Molecular Systematics) from the University of Cardiff (Wales, UK) in 2005 and I am currently a researcher in wildlife genetics in the Evolutionary Genetics group of cE3c and an invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon.
Working on wildlife genetics means that my research activities and interests include phylogeography, population genetics, molecular systematics and landscape genetics towards the conservation and management of wildlife.
Topics of recent and ongoing research are:
i) development of molecular markers for non-invasive and population genetic investigations of mammalian carnivores
ii) studying hybridization in a conservation genetics context
iii) definition of evolutionary significant units in threatened species
iv) analyses of natural and human-mediated colonisations and range expansions within the framework of, respectively, conservation status assessments and projects on biological invasions
v) landscape genetics to evaluate wildlife population connectivity across road barriers and between protected areas
vi) population genetic structure of mesocarnivores in Iberia
International collaborations include Michael Bruford and Mafalda Costa (Cardiff University), Juha Merilä (University of Helsinki), Mats Björklund (Uppsala University), Shomita Mukherjee (SACON, India), Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS, India), Tom Gilbert (University of Copenhagen), Tomas Marques-Bonet (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain), Hannah Mumby (University of Hong Kong), Michelle Henley (Elephants Alive, South Africa), Antoinette Kotze (National Zoological Gardens of South Africa), Pamela Burger (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna), and Louiza Derouiche (University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedienne, Algeria).
I am currently co-supervising one final year FCT PhD student (André Pinto Silva), a third year PhD student of the BIODIV doctoral program at the cE3c (Teresa Santos), a third year PhD student of the BIODIV doctoral program at the cE3c (Jéssica Teodoro Paulo), and a first year FCT PhD student (Nuno Martins). André is using small felids in India to evaluate and design networks of protected areas considering climate change scenarios. Teresa's thesis is concerned with population and conservation genomics of southern African elephants, expanding on her MSc thesis on the population genetics of elephants in private nature reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park. Jéssica’s thesis is focused on plant-herbivore interactions, specifically on the ability of spider mites (genus Tetranychus) to suppress plant defences. Nuno's thesis aims to investigate the evolutionary history of African golden wolves and Eurasian golden jackals using population genomics.
Ruiz-Capillas, P., Mata, C., Fernández, B., Fernandes, C. & Malo, J.E. (2021) Do roads alter the trophic behavior of the mesocarnivore community living close to them?Diversity, 13(4), 1-13. DOI:10.3390/d13040173 (IF2019 1,402; Q3 Ecology)
Silva, A.P., Mukherjee, S., Ramakrishnan, U., Fernandes, C. & Björklund, M. (2020) Closely related species show species-specific environmental responses and different spatial conservation needs: Prionailurus cats in the Indian subcontinent.Scientific Reports, 10, 18705. DOI:10.1038/s41598-020-74684-8 (IF2019 3,998; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
Derouiche, L., Irzagh, A., Rahmouni, R., Tahri, R., Hadjeloum, M., Bouhadad, T. & Fernandes, C. (2020) Deep mitochondrial DNA phylogeographic divergence in the threatened aoudad Ammotragus lervia (Bovidae, Caprini).Gene, 739, 1-15. DOI:10.1016/j.gene.2020.144510 (IF2019 2,984; Q3 Genetics & Heredity)
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