Júlio Manuel Neto, PhD

From 1990 to 1995, I studied biology at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, 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”. I started a post-doc in 2005, 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. Currently, I’m undertaking a second post-doc, which, like the first, is being carried out in Portugal and Sweden.

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:

  1. Life-history trade-offs between breeding, moult and migration.
  2. The use and analysis of ringing data.
  3. Extra-pair paternity, sexual selection and sex allocation (in my study population of Savi’s Warblers).
  4. Genetic population structure and migratory connectivity of marshland passerines.
  5. Local adaptation and the evolution of reproductive barriers (in Reed Buntings Emberiza schoeniclus)


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PhD student, main supervisor: Luís Gordinho, CIBIO, Portugal

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