I obtained my degree in Biology Applied to Animal Resources in 2001 and my Ph.D. in Biology (Marine Biology and Aquaculture) in 2007, both at the University of Lisbon (thesis title: Flatfish parasitoses in the Portuguese coast and their relationships with host life history, habitat, phylogeny and population structure). Since then, my postdoctoral research has been dedicated to study host-parasite relationships, particularly their co-phylogeny using multiple gene-coding sequences.
Although phylogenetic relationships and processes of evolution are the main focus of my research, the use of parasites as indicators of hosts stock structure, habitat use and population sub-division, as well as host and parasite populations genetic and ecological diversity and biogeography have also been a matter of interest, maintained through project collaborations and M.Sc. and Ph.D. supervisions.
Since the beginning of my Ph.D. in fall 2002, Ive spent periods in foreign labs, mostly working on the genetic characterizations of particular parasite species (e.g. University of La Sapienza, Rome, Italy; Natural History Museum, London, England; Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand) and Ive been involved in a number of international projects, including the Barcoding of Life (iBOL).
Currently Im a Post-doctoral fellow in the Pheromone research group working on host-race formation in the browntail moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea L. (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). I will assess if browntail moth populations feeding on different host trees across Europe are genetically differentiated and, if so, to what extent is this related to differences in the host trees.
Welcome to examine my list of publications (see right) and please ask for reprints via e-mail if you are interested in any of the papers I have published.