PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS: My research interests include biogeography, macroecology, species distribution modelling, comparative phylogeography, biodiversity patterns, and conservation. I’ve worked mainly on mammals and amphibians, but also on birds, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates, and occasionally plants. I’m particularly interested in integrating different scientific fields in multidisciplinary approaches and in developing and applying innovative methodologies, or adapting those traditionally used in other fields. I’m a promoter of free and open-source software and of time-, cost- and energy-efficient methods for research and its applications.
WORK HISTORY: I got a BSc in Biology at Porto University (Portugal, 1999) and did a graduation thesis on otter distribution modelling in the Iberian Peninsula (2000). I was then hired to do biogeographic analyses of the Spanish mammal atlas (2001). I subsequently got a PhD studentship and doctorated at Málaga University (Spain, 2006) with a Thesis on biogeographic relationships between predators, prey and parasites (including species distribution modelling and comparative phylogeography) in the Iberian Peninsula. Afterwards, I was hired by the University of Extremadura at Cáceres (Spain, 2006-2007) to work on red deer phylogeography and spatial ecology. I then got a 6-year FCT post-doctoral fellowship (2008-2013) co-hosted by Imperial College London (UK) and the University of Évora (Portugal), in which I studied wide-scale distributional and phylogeographical patterns of terrestrial vertebrates in the Mediterranean Basin. I was subsequently hired for 5 years (2014-2018) as a Research Associate (‘Investigador FCT’) at CIBIO/InBIO – University of Évora (Portugal), working on maximization of large-scale efficiency in biodiversity management and conservation (see my finished research project). I also coordinated the Atlas of Mammals in Portugal, won a prize for the internationalization of scientific production, and was featured in a book on Portuguese women in science. I’ve (co-)taught BSc, MSc and/or PhD classes at five different universities in Spain (UMalaga, UExtremadura), UK (Imperial College) and Portugal (UEvora, UPorto), as well as at specialized training companies.
PRESENT: I currently work as a freelancer in biogeography training, consulting and services, with several international courses scheduled for this year and some R programming, modelling and mapping tasks for projects in Portugal and Spain. I develop free software tools and I’m a member of the International Biogeography Society, the Portuguese Herpetological Society, the Spanish Mammalogical Society and the British Ecological Society; a reviewer for several international journals; and Associate Editor of Animal Conservation and of Ecology and Evolution. I am also a reviewer of research projects for the Czech Science Foundation and for the National Science Centre (Poland).
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: All is not about work! To stay sane and keep my horizons broad, I also dedicate some time to volunteering (mainly at the Food Bank Against Hunger and at the local dog shelter), urban sketching, traditional drums, a polyphonic choir, cyclotouring and volleyball.