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Education

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).

2007-2008MSc in Conservation Science. Thesis entitled: “Birds in Humanized landscapes: São Tomé endemic birds’ response to agricultural intensification”.

Imperial College London, Zoological Society of London, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens (UK)

2007 – Postgraduate field course in savannah ecology and conservation.

Tropical Biological Association (Kenya)

2004-2007 – BSc in Environmental Biology.

Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

 

Work experience

Ongoing – Invited lecturer, Zoology & Biosystematics.

University of Madeira, Faculty of Life Sciences (Portugal)

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)

2011 – Director of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds’ magazine: Pardela.

2010 – Member of the editorial board of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds’ magazine: Pardela.

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.”

Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon and Lisbon Natural History Museum (Portugal)

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.

Blue Flag Association – Partner of the Foundation for Environmental Education (Portugal)

 

Awards

2013 – Best oral presentation: Portuguese bat congress.

 

Grants awarded

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).

 

Current memberships

2015 – SCB – Society of Conservation Biology (member ID 76630), Member of the Diversity Committee

2015 – APH – Portuguese Association of Herpetology (founding member)

2012 Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

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

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Manuscript refereed for

PLOS ONE (2), Herpetology Notes (2), Mammal Review (1), Tropical Conservation Science (1), Mammalian Biology (1), Asian Herpetological Research (1), Journal for Nature Conservation (1), Alytes (1), Barbastella (1), International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation (1)

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Editorial board

Managing Editor for Barbastella, Journal of Bat Research

Review Editor (Conservation) for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution and Frontiers in Environmental Science

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Students co-supervised

2016 – Irene Conenna –  University of Helsinki, Erasmus+ intern. Project entitled “Knowledge gap analysis and conservation of island restricted bats”

2015 Diogo FerreiraUniversity of Lisbon. MSc thesis entitled “Effects of seasonality on the responses of Neotropical bats to local- and landscape-scale attributes in a fragmented landscape

 

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

Publications 

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