João E. Rabaça

Head of LabOr, Assistant Professor

I graduated in Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon) and hold a PhD in Biology from the University of Évora.
I have a position of Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and currently I’m the Director of the Master in Conservation Biology.

I lead the LabOr and have broad interests in avian ecology, chiefly in understanding the composition and structure of riparian and forest bird communities, the effect of changes in farming systems on the distribution and abundances of priority species, the biology and ecology of owls and methodological issues of census techniques. Additionally, I have a special awareness in the spread out of scientific knowledge using birds as a reference tool.

    Ana Marques

    Master in Nature Management and Conservation, Teammate

    I’m graduated in Marine and Fisheries Biology (University of Algarve) and hold a Master in Nature Management and Conservation from University of Algarve. I started to work in inland fisheries management, giving advice on action plans towards the conservation of some aquatic species of particular ecological concern. In 2006, I joined the TytoTagus project and discovered a special interest for nocturnal birds of prey.

    Nowadays I have a research scholarship. My main interests are of wide range within conservation biology and ecology, but I give a special priority to issues related with owls.

      Ana Mendes

      PhD in Biology

      I have a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. Developed at the University Évora a PhD on ‘The use of riparian areas by birds in the South of Portugal’. Recently I designed and coordenated RipiDurable an Interreg IIIC Project. My main interests are in the domain of the ecology of riparian areas, particularly in the composition and structure of bird communities and the relationships among them. I also have experience in populations of seabirds (on which I developed some scientific and conservation works).

      I still have a particular interest in applied bird census techniques and riparian habitat restoration.

        Carlos Godinho

        PhD in Biology, Research fellowship

        Biologist and Master in Biology Conservation, completed the PhD at the University of Évora on The influence of forest management actions on bird communities of Portuguese ‘montados’ and Pine tree plantations”. My main interests in Ornithology are the study of communities of riparian galleries and forest environments, birds as bioindicators, census field methods and scientific ringing. I am co-responsible of the Constant Effort ringing Station of the Herdade da Mitra. Additionally, I’m interested in riparian rehabilitation, science dissemination and scientific illustration.

            Carla Azeda

            PhD Student

            PhD student in Interdisciplinary Landscape Management at the University of Évora. Honours Degree in Biology Applied to Animal Resources – Variant of Terrestrial Resources, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Master’s in Conservation Biology, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Main research interests: high nature value farming systems; bird communities associated to the montado system; Mediterranean agro-silvo-pastoral systems; Mediterranean ecosystems; the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity; the impact of agriculture on biodiversity; rural development.

                Fernando Goytre

                Field Technician

                I have a technical degree in Management of landscape and Natural Resources from the Agricultural and Forestry Training College in Villaviciosa de Odón (Madrid, 2007). I began my training in forestry studies, but gradually I specialised in bird study, to which in addition to my work, devote part of my free time. Although I do not have a preference for a bird group, lately most of my work has been related with the study and census of nocturnal raptors, being this the main work that I currently do in LabOr.

                  Inês Roque

                  PhD in Biology, Research Fellowship

                  I hold a degree in Biology, a Master in Conservation Biology and a PhD in Biology. My academic and professional background covers several aspects of owl ecology and conservation: breeding, diet, mortality, habitat preferences, dispersal, and ecotoxicology. I have been mostly dedicated to the barn owl population at the Tagus Valley (TytoTagus Project), but I also studied owl communities on traditional Mediterranean silvo-pastoral systems (montados). On my PhD thesis I evaluated owl feathers as biomonitoring tools for environmental contaminants. I also have broad interests in ethno-ornithology, in the role of ornithology in education and in dissemination of science to society.

                    Nuno Faria

                    PhD in Ecology, Teammate

                    I hold a degree in Biology and a Master in Conservation Biology, from the University of Évora, and a PhD in Ecology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. I work chiefly with environmental monitoring and steppeland bird ecology. My PhD thesis was entitled “Steppe bird ecology and grassland management in South Portugal: implications for the conservation of the Little bustard”.
                    My main interests are the biology and ecology of steppeland birds and active management of wildlife.

                      Pedro Pereira

                      PhD Student

                      I graduated in Biology (University of Évora) and hold a master in Management and Conservation of Natural Resources (Technical University of Lisbon and University of Évora). Presently, I’m PhD student of biological Sciences in University of Coimbra. My project is focused in interspecific competition of insectivorous birds.
                      My main interests are bird conservation and their habitats, namely woodland, riparian and steppe communities and exotic species.

                        Pedro Salgueiro

                        PhD Student

                        I hold a degree in Biology – Scientific Branch from the University of Évora since 2006. In 2009 I have concluded my Master degree in Conservation Biology. Since the conclusion of my degrees I have been specializing in bird ecology and the use of birds as valuable indicators of habitat changes. I have participated on several studies and assessments aiming to determine the impact of human infrastructures and resource management on fauna
                        My main areas of research are Conservation Biology and Landscape Ecology mainly applied to fauna species and communities in human-modified landscapes. My interest relies mostly on unravelling the determinants of species and communities distribution patterns in landscapes subjected to active management and thus vulnerable to changes. Currently, I am working on my PhD project since 2013, where I focus on landscape connectivity analysis applied to bird community persistence in fragmented areas. I am particularly interested in determine critical thresholds of habitat loss and fragmentation and its implications on bird community assemblage and network resilience.

                          Rui Lourenço

                          PhD in Biology, Post-Doctoral fellowship

                          I have a degree in Zoology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, 2000), a MSc in Conservation Biology (University of Évora, 2005) and a PhD in Biology (University of Évora, 2011).
                          I work in ecology and conservation of birds of prey and owls since 1999.

                          My main research interests are: trophic ecology of raptors; the effects of roads on owls; species interactions and the structure of raptor assemblages; interference competition and intraguild predation in raptors; the role of top predators in the biodiversity in Mediterranean ecosystems; ecotoxicology of raptors.

                          Currently, I am a Post-Doctoral researcher in the University of Évora, collaborating with Doñana Biological Station (CSIC, Spain) and the University of Turku (Finland).