2012-2016 – PhD in Conservation Biology. Thesis entitled: “Tropical forest fragmentation: effects on the spatio-temporal dynamics of its bat communities”.
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, University of Lisbon (Portugal); Metapopulation Research Centre, University of Helsinki (Finland); Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute & National Institute for Amazonian Research (Brazil).
2007-2008 – MSc in Conservation Science. Thesis entitled: “Birds in Humanized landscapes: São Tomé endemic birds’ response to agricultural intensification”.
2007 – Post–graduate field course in savannah ecology and conservation.
Tropical Biological Association (Kenya)
2004-2007 – BSc in Environmental Biology.
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Ongoing – Invited lecturer, Zoology & Biosystematics.
2010-2011 – CIMO researcher on the project “Estimating the effectiveness of protected areas in reducing deforestation – A case study from Madagascar”.
University of Helsinki, Metapopulation Research Centre (Finland)
2009-2010 – FCT research assistant on the project “Atlantic ocean-wide changes in sea surface temperature and trends on Cory’s shearwater Calonectris diomedea foraging success, migrations and populations dynamics.”
2009 – Member of the pedagogic team of the Darwin’s evolution exhibition.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal)
2005-2007 – Environmental educator at Lisbon Zoo environmental education programme.
Lisbon Zoo (Portugal)
2005 – Environmental educator at the national coordination of Eco-Schools programme.
2013 – Best oral presentation: Portuguese bat congress.
2016 – Erasmus+ scholarship for the project “Spatial-temporal dynamics of Neotropical bat assemblages in difference secondary vegetation types” (3 200€)
2015 – Society of Conservation Biology Travel Award to attend the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (300 $US).
2014 – Bat Conservation International Student Research Scholarship for the project “Spatial-temporal dynamics of the impacts of forest fragmentation upon phyllostomid bats: consequences of fragment re-isolation” (3200 $US).
2011 – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology 4 years PhD scholarship.
2010 – Finnish Government’s CIMO scholarship for the project “Estimating the effectiveness of protected areas in reducing deforestation. A case study from Madagascar” (10 800€).
2009 – Luso-American Development Foundation Travel Grant to attend the X Global Environmental Issues Course held in Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 – European Union Funding: Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses: EDIT Summer School in Taxonomy held in Muránska planina, Slovakia.
2009 – European Union Funding: Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses: BIOSEB Summer Schools in Ecology and Biodiversity held in Bialowieza, Poland.
2008 – Imperial College London funding for the Birds in Humanized landscapes project in São Tomé (£500)
2007 – British Ecological Society grant to attend the Tropical Biology Field Course in Kenya (£200).
2015 – APH – Portuguese Association of Herpetology (founding member)
2009 – LPN – Portuguese League for the Protection of Nature
2005 – ALDEIA – A non-governmental organization whose purpose is to contribute to the sustainable development based on nature conservation and the culture and traditions of the rural world.
2002 – SPEA – Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds
Manuscript refereed for
Mammal Review (4), PLOS ONE (2), Herpetology Notes (2), Mammalian Biology (2), Asian Herpetological Research (2), Biodiversity and Conservation (2), Journal for Nature Conservation (2), Tropical Conservation Science (1), Alytes (1), Barbastella (1), International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation (1)
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Managing Editor for Barbastella, Journal of Bat Research
2016 – Irene Conenna – University of Helsinki, Erasmus+ intern. Project entitled “Knowledge gap analysis and conservation of island restricted bats”
Additional teaching experience
2016 – Guest lecturer in tropical ecology, MSc Conservation Biology, University of Lisbon
2013 – Guest lecturer in a one-month field course in tropical ecology based in Madagascar, University of Helsinki
2013 – Guest lecturer in tropical ecology, MSc Conservation Biology, University of Lisbon
2013 – Guest lecturer in reserve planning in the tropics, University of Helsinki
2012 – Guest lecturer in tropical ecology, MSc Conservation Biology, University of Lisbon
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