I graduated in Environmental Biology and received my master degree in Conservation Biology, both from the University of Lisbon. I started a PhD in Biology (specialty Ethology) to where I studied mate-choice copying generalization (MCCG) using guppies (P. reticulata) as models. MCCG is a mechanism of non-independent mate-choice where individuals change their mate preference favouring similar mates to the ones they saw being chosen by conspecifics. I am also used computer simulations to understand the evolutionary implications of this behaviour.
In 2017 I received a grant from FCT for the BIODIV (Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution) Doctoral Programme, so I am starting this PhD as a continuation from my previous research.
My goal is (1) to understand how female generalizes mate-choice during the MCCG process and (2) to incorporate this knowledge in a mathematical model to predict the impact of MCCG in sexual selection and evolution.
My PhD is currently tutored by Prof. Margarida Matos from cE3c and co-tutored by Dr. Susana A. M. Varela from cE3c and by Prof. Ingo Schlupp from the University of Oklahoma.
Sapage, M., Varela, S.A.M. & Kokko, H. (2021) Social learning by mate‐choice copying increases dispersal and reduces local adaptation.Functional Ecology, 35(3), 705-716. DOI:10.1111/1365-2435.13735 (IF2020 5,608; Q1 Ecology)
Sapage, M. & Varela, S.A.M. (2020) Two research avenues for future mate-choice copying studies: a comment on Davies et al..Behavioral Ecology, 31(6), 1291-1292. DOI:10.1093/beheco/araa075 (IF2020 2,671; Q2 Behavioral Sciences)
Borda-de-Água, L., Ascensão, F., Sapage, M., Barrientos, R. & Pereira, H.M. (2019) On the identification of mortality hotspots in linear infrastructures.Basic and Applied Ecology, 34, 25-35. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2018.11.001 (IF2019 3,156; Q2 Ecology)
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