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I received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Lancaster University in 2012. I am currently a post-doc researcher working in the Tropical and Mediterranean Biodiversity research group (TMB) and member of Bats and Birds in Natural and Semi-Natural Ecosystems subgroup of cE3c. My research focuses on the effects of human activities on biodiversity, using the the endemic-rich islands of São Tomé and Príncipe (central Africa) as a model system.
I am engaged with a multitude of researchers and institutions working in the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. Most of my current work is being developed in partnership with BirdLife International São Tomé and Príncipe Initiative. I am a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Commission on Protected Areas and Species Survival Commission, being part of the Bird Red List Authority and of the Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) collect data on the distribution of species, ecosystems and human activities; ii) understand the direct and indirect impacts of human activities on biodiversity; iii) use São Tomé and Príncipe as a model system to understand the relationship between human activities and biodiversity in the context of global change.
Heleno, R.H., Mendes, F., Coelho, A.P., Ramos, J.A., Palmeirim, J.M., Rainho, A. & Lima, R.F. (2022) The upsizing of the São Tomé seed dispersal network by introduced animals.Oikos, 2022(2), e08279. DOI:10.1111/oik.08279 (IF2020 3,903; Q1 Ecology)
Soares, F.C., Leal, A,I., Palmeirim, J.M. & Lima, R.F. (2021) Niche differences may reduce susceptibility to competition between native and non-native birds in oceanic islands.Diversity and Distributions, 27(8), 1507-1518. DOI:10.1111/ddi.13298 (IF2020 5,139; Q1 Ecology)
Figueiredo, E., Smith, G.F. & de Lima, R.F. (2020) Nomenclature and typification of Staudtia pterocarpa (Myristicaceae).Phytotaxa, 472(1), . DOI:10.11646/phytotaxa.472.1.11 (IF2020 1,171; Q3 Plant Sciences)
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