I received a Ph.D. in Biology (Evolution and Development) from the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) in 2002. I am currently working in the Evolutionary Genetics group of cE3c. I am a professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Genetics at the University of Lisbon. My Eco-Evo-Devo research combines concepts and approches from Ecology, Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, as well as Genetics/Genomics to study patterns and processes underlying phenotypic variation and diversity.
My research has used different insect models to study topics such as genetic basis of intra-specific variation and inter-specific diversity, developmental constraints, evolutionary novelty, and phenotypic plasticity.
My current research is driven by two overarching objectives: 1) dissecting the genetic basis of phenotypic heterogeneity, including the origin and role of novel genes; 2) understading the impact of complex environmental information on plasticity and adaptation, including in the context of climate change.
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