I have a Ph.D. in Morphology and Animal Physiology by the University of Lisbon since 1994 and I am currently leading the team ‘Communication and evolution in insects and fish’ within the Conservation in Socio-Ecological Ecosystems research group of cE3c. I am an assistant professor at the Department of Animal Biology of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, where I currently teach Animal physiology, Marine Biology and Animal Behaviour.
The main interests of the team have been centered on animal acoustic communication through Behavioural Physiology and Behavioural Ecology approaches. Empirical studies have been carried out with insects (cicadas) and fish (Lusitanian toadfish, gobies and African cichlids) as models. Work has been focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in sound production and in hearing, and in clarifying the role(s) of sounds in mate finding, in reproductive success, and as a key factor mediating social interactions (e.g. agonistic), including aspects of male-male assessment, sexual selection and evolution. Recently, multimodal communication and impacts of signal disturbance from anthropogenic origin on communication have become important issues.
Collaborations with national and international laboratories along the years have resulted in about 50 international peer reviewed publications (research papers and book chapters). Among actual collaborators we can salient Maria Clara Amorim (ISPA, Portugal), Maria Teresa Modesto (Algarve Univ., Portugal), Raquel Vasconcelos (St. Joseph Univ., Macau, China), Axel Michelsen (Southern Denmark Univ., Denmark), Joe Sisneros (Washington Univ., USA), Marilyn Beauchaud (Jean Monet Univ., France). A comprehensive insight can be assessed through the publications record.