I studied biology at the University of Aveiro, Portugal (1990 to 1995), where I also carried out a Master Degree on Sciences of Coastal Zones (1999) and taught practical classes of ecology to undergraduates. In 2004, I was awarded a DPhil at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford, as a result of my study on “Breeding ecology, moult and migration of Savi’s Warblers (Locustella luscinioides) in Portugal”.
Then I carried out two long post-docs (2005 to 2014) based at CIBIO/UP (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto), Portugal, and also at the Department of Animal Ecology, Lund University, Sweden (hosted by Prof. Dennis Hasselquist). Currently, I’m doing some teaching in Lund, continuing my research, participating in projects and applying for funding!
I have a broad interest in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, and work mostly on natural populations of marshland passerines. My research involves a lot of fieldwork (bird ringing/banding, nest finding, collection of blood and feather samples), lab work (genetics, stable isotope analysis), and statistics. Specific research lines include:
- the life-history trade-offs between breeding, moult and migration;
- the use and analysis of ringing data;
- extra-pair paternity, sexual selection and sex allocation (in my study population of Savi’s Warblers Locustella luscinioides);
- the genetic population structure and migratory connectivity of marshland passerines;
- local adaptation and the evolution of reproductive barriers (in Reed Buntings Emberiza schoeniclus)
In addition, I am a member of the Aquatic Warbler Conservation Team and carry out research on this species mostly during the migration period, though my main research project is on Reed Buntings.
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- Connectivity in Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus between breeding grounds in Europe and autumn stopover sites in Iberia
- Migration strategy of white-spotted bluethroats (Luscinia svecica cyanecula and L. s. namnetum) along the eastern Atlantic route
- Phenotypic Divergence among West European Populations of Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus: The Effects of Migratory and Foraging Behaviours
- Using stable hydrogen isotopes (delta H-2) and ring recoveries to trace natal origins in a Eurasian passerine with a migratory divide
- Biometrics and sub-specific identification of white-spotted Bluethroats (Luscinia svecica cyanecula and L. s. namnetum) during autumn and winter.
- Do the European Great Reed Warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) reach South Africa during wintering?
- Phylogeography of a Habitat Specialist with High Dispersal Capability: The Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides
- Endangered subspecies of the Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus witherbyi and E. s. lusitanica) in Iberian Peninsula have different genetic structures.
- How do Robins Erithacus rubecula resident in Iberia respond to seasonal flooding by conspecific migrants?
- Sex allocation in Savi’s Warblers Locustella luscinioides: multiple factors affect seasonal trends in brood sex ratios.
- Distribution, phenology and condition of Aquatic Warblers Acrocephalus paludicola migrating through Portugal.
- Low frequency of extra-pair paternity in Savi's Warblers (Locustella luscinioides)
- Variation in body condition of breeding Savi's Warblers Locustella luscinioides: the reproductive stress and flight adaptation hypothesis revisited
- Autumn migration of Savi's Warblers Locustella luscinioides in Portugal: differences in timing, fuel deposition rate and non-stop flight range between the age classes
- Nest-site selection and predation in Savi’s Warblers, Locustella luscinioides.
- Zona de invernada e situação em Portugal da Felosa-aquatica Acrocephalus paludicola.