I enjoy watching birds and studying their amazing migrations. As a biologist with a background in conservation and ecology, I have collaborated with different projects in Portugal, Africa and Central Asia. I am particularly interested in animal movement patterns and behavior, adaptation of species to land-use and climate change, and the role of common species in modified ecosystems. I am also driven by the urgency of contributing with strong scientific evidence to improve nature conservation.
To address the problem of the declines of the Afro-Palearctic migratory birds, my PhD research will focus on three broad questions: which attributes and strategies of species contribute more to the declines? When during the nonbreeding season are species more vulnerable to ongoing threats? Where are the largest habitat losses taking place and how these may be exacerbated by climate change?