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My scientific interests lie mostly within biotic interactions, important drivers of community composition and ecosystem functioning. In particular, I aim to understand how biotic and abiotic factors interact in shaping species performance and distribution.
I received a PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution from the University of Lisbon in 2020. During my PhD thesis, supervised by Sara Magalhães and Cristina Branquinho, I studied plant-herbivore interactions in metal polluted environments. My work resulted in important contributions to the understanding of metal accumulation by plants as a defence against herbivory and of the responses of herbivores to such defences. I also characterized niche differences (or similarities) of two competing herbivorous spider-mites, Tetranychus urticae and T. evansi, within plants and among plants with different cadmium concentrations. Currently, in my post-doc at the MITE2: lab, I have been studying the adaptation of spider mites to cadmium accumulation in tomato plants, in presence or absence of heterospecific competitors. Conversely, I study how adaptation to a stressful environment shapes the coexistence between these two herbivores.
Godinho, D.P., Branquinho, C. & Magalhães, S. (2023) Intraspecific variability in herbivore response to elemental defences is caused by the metal itself.Journal of Pest Science, 96, 797-806. DOI:10.1007/s10340-022-01525-0 (IF2021 5,742; Q1 Entomology)
Godinho, D.P., Janssen, A., Li, D., Cruz, C. & Magalhães, S. (2020) The distribution of herbivores between leaves matches their performance only in the absence of competitors.Ecology and Evolution, 10(15), 8405-8415. DOI:10.1002/ece3.6547 (IF2020 2,912; Q2 Ecology)
Godinho, D.P., Cruz, M.A., Charlery de la Masselière, M., Teodoro‐Paulo, J., Eira, C., Fragata, I., Rodrigues, L.R., Zélé, F. & Magalhães, S. (2020) Creating outbred and inbred populations in haplodiploids to measure adaptive responses in the laboratory.Ecology and Evolution, 10(14), 7291-7305. DOI:10.1002/ece3.6454 (IF2020 2,912; Q2 Ecology)
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