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.