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I received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University College London in 2003 and I am currently member of the research group Natural History & Systematics (NHS) of cE3c.
I am researcher and curator of mammal collections at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon. My research focuses on the production, management and dissemination of digital and molecular data extracted from preserved and living biological collections.
For many years I have been using and promoting natural history collections as biodiversity libraries and a key platform for public engagement on social and scientific questions.
My activities are specially related with CPLP Countries in Africa, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), DNA Barcoding of Life (CBOL), Digital Libraries (Europeana) and museum exhibitions. I have collaboration with researchers from Spain (Asturias, Madrid and Barcelona), France (Paris), Switzerland (Bern) and Mozambique (Maputo).
My research is founded on natural history collection and currently driven by four overarching objectives: i) use primary biodiversity data to unravel fauna diversity in African countries and generate baseline information to be used by conservation decision-makers; ii) generate morphological and molecular data to clarify the taxonomic status of rodents from Mozambique; iii) understand the speciation process of the Iberian voles Microtus lusitanicus and M. duodecimcostatus; and iv) promote social inclusion through science citizenship.
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