I am a PhD student from the University of Évora, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/109242/2015), while currently working in Lisbon. My aim is to determine habitat connectivity and metapopulation viability in fragmented, dynamic landscapes at multiple spatial and temporal scales, in order to better manage and conserve patchily distributed species. The research will focus on wet-grassland habitat-patches in Mediterranean farmland, using the Cabrera vole as model-species.
I am mostly interested in the relations and interactions between the (ever changing) environment and species across space and time. I am concerned on how landscapes react to either human or natural disturbances, and how this affects the ecology of species living within. These interests led me to be part of a project that studied the regeneration of vegetation in pine and eucalypt stands after fire, with a focus on the response of both native and invasive plant species to post-fire management actions. Following this project, I was drafted to another project, which preceded my PhD, that aimed to quantify and predict Cabrera voles’ movements and extinction-colonisation dynamics in fragmented landscapes, based on non-invasive genetic sampling of vole faeces.
The work I’ve been involved with allowed me to engage in activities that I find exciting, spanning from GIS and database analyses, R programming, to plant identification and general fieldwork.
Overall, I hope to continue to broaden my research interests, whilst contributing a (very) small part in the advancement of Science, having fun while doing it!
Research Gate: researchgate.net/profile/Antonio_Ferreira37
Google Scholar: scholar.google.pt/citations?user=J6YtlFsAAAAJ&hl
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