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I received a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Ulm (Germany) in 2007 and I am currently leading the Tropical Conservation Ecology research group of cE3c. My research focuses on studying vertebrate responses to habitat fragmentation and land-use change. For many years I have been involved in habitat fragmentation research in the tropics, using mostly bats as model group.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: (i) assess how tropical vertebrates are affected by land-use change and anthropogenic habitat conversion and elucidate the factors that determine species persistence in human-modified tropical landscapes, (ii) determine how species responses to environmental changes can be effectively monitored for impact mitigation, (iii) contribute to our understanding about how tropical agricultural landscapes should be managed to maximize biodiversity conservation while enhancing food security sustainably in developing countries.
NOTE: In November 2015 I will start a new position as Lecturer in Global Ecology & Conservation in the University of Salford, Manchester (U.K.), becoming external Collaborator of cE3c.
Farneda, F.Z., Grelle, C.E.V., Rocha, R., Ferreira, D.F., López-Baucells, A. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2020) Predicting biodiversity loss in island and countryside ecosystems through the lens of taxonomic and functional biogeography.Ecography, 43(1), 97-106. DOI:10.1111/ecog.04507 (IF2020 5,992; Q1 Ecology)
Aninta, S.G., Rocha, R., López-Baucells, A. & Meyer, C.F.J. (2019) Erosion of phylogenetic diversity in Neotropical bat assemblages: findings from a whole-ecosystem fragmentation experiment.Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(4), 4047–4063. DOI:10.1007/s10531-019-01864-y (IF2019 2,935; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)
Leal, A.I., Acácio, M., Meyer, C.F., Rainho, A. & Palmeirim, J.M. (2019) Grazing improves habitat suitability for many ground-foraging birds in Mediterranean wooded grasslands.Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 270-271, 1-8. DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2018.10.012 (IF2019 4,241; Q1 Ecology)
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