João E. Rabaça

Head of LabOr, Associate Professor

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

      Graduated in Biology (2003), Master in Conservation Biology (2007) and PhD in Biology (2016) by the University of Évora. I work in Ornithology and Nature Conservation since 1999.
      My main research interests are bird communities associated to cork oak stands, bird monitoring, population trends, ringing and citizen science. Currently I’m working on the III Portuguese Breeding Bird Atlas, on the update of the Bird Directive and the Portuguese Bird Red List. I’m the national delegate on the EuroBirdPortal initiative (
      Since March 2018 I’m working on the Innovation, Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Cooperation Office from the University of the Évora.

        Inês Roque

        PhD in Biology, Post-doctoral Research Fellow

        I concluded my PhD in Biology in 2017, my MSc in Conservation Biology in 2007 and my BSc in Biology in 2003 in the University of Évora. My academic background is ecology and conservation of birds, with a specialization in owls. I’m particularly interested in the links between their ecological role and their close connection to people. Ecotoxicology, habitat relations, breeding and trophic ecology, dispersal, and ethno-ornithology are some of my research interests. I have been involved in the production and delivery of educational and science outreach content, both face-to-face and online. Currently, I’m working in a project focused on restoration, ecosystem services, and biodiversity under the China-Europe Water Platform.

          Pedro Filipe Pereira

          PhD in biological Sciences – Ecology specialization, Post-doctoral Research Fellow

          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). In 2017, I concluded my PhD in Biological Sciences – Ecology specialization in Coimbra University focused on interspecific competition of insectivorous birds.
          My main interests are biological invasions and bird conservation and their habitats, namely woodland, riparian and farmland communities.

            Pedro Salgueiro

            MSc. in Conservation Biology, Collaborator

            I have completed my degree in Biology in 2006, my Master degree in Conservation Biology in 2009, and I hold a PhD in Biology since 2020 where I focus my thesis on landscape connectivity analysis applied to bird community persistence in fragmented areas.
            My main areas of research are Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology and Restoration Ecology mainly applied to animal species and communities in human-modified landscapes. My interest relies mostly on unravelling the determinants of species and communities distribution patterns in landscapes vulnerable to change, namely, habitat degradation, habitat loss and landscape fragmentation.

              Rui Lourenço

              PhD in Biology, Researcher

              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; road ecology of owls; species interactions and community structure; interference competition, intraguild predation, and superpredation in raptors; ecotoxicology of raptors; birds and ecosystem services; bird distribution and population trends.