I’m an early career conservation scientist from the subtropical Madeira Island with an holistic interest in conservation & ecology. I’m been fortunate to work and study in some bucket list countries for biodiversity aficionados such as Brazil, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Finland (yes, Finland!) and of course, my own, Portugal.
My main area of interest regards the anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss, mainly in tropical forest ecosystems. My current research is related to the evaluation of how agriculture and habitat fragmentation impacts upon tropical forest communities and to the assessment of species persistence in humanized landscapes. My PhD thesis is dedicated to the effects tropical forest fragmentation on the spatial-temporal dynamics of bat communities and my fieldwork is carried out at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Central Amazon, Brazil. Funding is provided by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (grant SFRH/BD/80488/2011).