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There´s Life in the Park!

This programme of events on Sundays includes a series of TALKS, ITINERARIES through the Park and WORKSHOPS that introduce participants to the biodiversity at Serralves. 
Specialist researchers working in Portugal will share their stories and adventures, uncovering fascinating details about the natural world in organised moments, dedicated to the search and discovery of birds, insects and spiders, bats and small mammals, amphibians, reptiles and plants (amongst others).
A project conducted in partnership with CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources.



Park
ITINERARY, 11:30-12:30With Cristiana Vieira, Helena Hespanhol and Joana Marques (Researchers from CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources)Due to their small dimensions, mosses and lichens often go unnot...
ITINERARY, 11H30-12H30With Joana Paupério (Researcher at CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources)Mice and shrews are part of the group of micro-mammals, which also includes moles, hedgehogs and squirre...
Family access: 5€/family (Valid for up to a maximum of two participating adults accompanied by children aged up to 12 years old, with an unlimited number of children aged up to 12 years old, accompanied by their parents or guardians).
Individual access: subject to purchase of a ticket to the Museum or Park

SUNDAYS

WORKSHOPS, 10:00-13:00
Conception and coordination: Mundo Científico, Lda. 
Location: Lagar (Serralves Farm) 
Target audience: families 

ITINERARIES IN THE PARK 11:30-12:30 (*)
Conception and coordination: Researchers of CIBIO-InBio - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
Meeting point: Serralves Farm 
Max. no. of participants: 25 participants
Target audience: families and general public

(*)This does not apply to the Talk and Itinerary dedicated to Birds, that has a specific schedule, max. no. of participants and meeting point – please see the programme.
CIBIO is a Biological Sciences Research Centre of the University of Porto that develops basic and applied research in the three main components of biodiversity: genes, species and ecosystems.
This Research Centre aims to advance scientific knowledge in the aforementioned areas; collaborate in setting priorities for conservation and management measures with the national and international conservation authorities; train students at various levels, and improve public understanding and appreciation of biodiversity.
Albano Beja-Pereira 
B.Sc. Hons degree in Animal Science from the University of the Azores, and a PhD from the University of Porto. He has pursued research in the field of the genetics of domestic animal populations and their counterparts in the wild. He has written several scientific articles on the origin and patterns of genetic diversity of domestic species. 
He is currently a researcher and leader of the Genomics Research Group of populations, genes and phenotypes of CIBIO-InBIO (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). His current interests focus on understanding the (genetic) molecular mechanisms that, by a process of natural selection, help species adapt to the environment or to a particular function. He is currently the Principal Investigator responsible for several projects aimed at re-sequencing the exons (exome) of cattle, pigs and sheep.  

Alexandra Sá Pinto 
Alexandra Sá Pinto has a B.Sc. Hons degree and a PhD in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, and is currently a researcher at the Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of the University of Porto (CIBIO / InBio).
Since 2001, she has been studying the processes responsible for the evolution and formation of new species in the marine environment.
Fascinated by evolution, she is a founding member of the Portuguese Association for Evolutionary Biology and a member of the Education and Evolution Teaching Unit, which aims to teach the principles of evolution to society and to inform its applications and implications in our daily lives. Along with her research in evolution, she organizes and participates in science communication projects for primary school students and the general public.  

Angelica Crottini
B.Sc degree in Biology from the University of Milan (Italy) in 2004, she completed a PhD in Animal Biology in 2008, from the same institution. In addition to her PhD, she has pursued research into the evolution of the amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar. Since 2008 she has worked on several projects in the fields of biogeography, taxonomy, phylogeny and phylogeography. In 2012, she joined CIBIO / INBio where she applies new methodologies to the study of the evolutionary radiations of Madagascar. She is involved in various conservation activities and is one of the researchers responsible for the national monitoring plan for the early detection of chytridiomycosis in Madagascar, in case this deadly disease arises in the island. Since 2013 she is a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group of Madagascar of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Cristiana Costa Vieira 
She has a BA Hons degree and a PhD in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. Since 2009, she is a post-doctoral researcher at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). After graduation she furthered her knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) and collaborated in several studies on conservation, monitoring and management of Portuguese species and habitats. She has developed research in the ecological determination of species and bryophyte communities and chorological characterization of species of Bryophytes classified within the Red Lists of Portugal, the Iberian Peninsula and Europe, in order to contribute to information needs for management plans and conservation. Simultaneously she has studied the relationship between aquatic bryophyte communities and human impacts on geomorphology, water quality and water regime, in order to obtain expertise for management plans and ecological rehabilitation of watercourses. She is the author and co-author of publications on bryophytes and plant ecology in scientific journals and popular articles for the general public.   

Francisco Amorim 
B.A. Hons. degree in Environmental Engineering from Universidade Nova, Lisbon and a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Évora. He has collaborated over four years in varying companies from the biology sector, in fields of monitoring and assessment of the impact of various structures (roads, dams, wind farms, etc.). Since 2010 he has been a researcher at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), where he has developed studies of the bat community in the Sabor valley and its surroundings, with particular emphasis on the free-tailed bat (Tadarida tenioti), and has also collaborated in several projects of this institution. Recently he has also been responsible for implementing the bats component in the project, SIMBioN - Information and Monitoring System of the Biodiversity of North of Portugal. At the same time he has served as the Regional Coordinator for the northern zone of the Atlas of Bats of Mainland Portugal.   

Helena Hespanhol 
B.A. Hons degree and a PhD in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. Since 2002, she has worked in CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). Her main research interests focus on the study of Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of the bryophytes of Portugal. During her PhD, she has focused on the study of bryophyte communities of rocky outcrops in Northwest Portugal and the influence of ecological and environmental parameters on the distribution of species of bryophytes. Since October 2010, she has worked as a PhD researcher at the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources at the University of Porto. 
Under this project, she aims to investigate the responses of saxicol species and communities of bryophytes in the face of climate change scenarios, through modelling of the potential distribution of species that occur in mountain rocky outcrops. Her other interests are linked to community ecology and environmental monitoring. She collaborates on several projects with the objective of fostering the dissemination of bryophytes.   

Helena Santos 
B.Sc. degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, she completed a Master’s degree in Ecology, Environment and Territory from the same Faculty, and thereby began her study of bats. Due to the work that she has developed since 2010, she was awarded the Louis F. Bacardi Conservation Award and a grant from Bat Conservation International, and then continued as a research scholar at CIBIO -InBIO (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources).
She is currently pursuing a PhD in this research centre, in collaboration with the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC) in Seville, focusing in particular on the Plecotus auritus species (brown-long-eared bat), in the Iberian Peninsula. In parallel, she is a member of the advisory board of the FAPAS association (Fund for the Protection of Wild Animals), where she actively participates in organization of environmental education and nature conservation initiatives.  

Hugo Oliveira  
B.Sc. degree in Applied Biology from the University of Minho (2003), where he became interested in the combination of molecular biology and archeology. He obtained a Master’s degree and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he studied the spread of wheat cultivation in pre-history, using genetic markers. At the University of Linköping (Sweden), he studied the domestication of rye and agro-biodiversity changes associated with industrial agriculture. Since 2013, he has worked as a researcher at CIBIO-InBio, University of Porto, where he collaborates on projects linked to the evolution of cultivated species and the identification of the genes responsible for the adaptation of cereals to different environmental conditions.  

Hugo Rebelo 
He completed a B. Sc. degree in Biology at the University of Lisbon and a PhD from the University of Bristol (England). He worked for four years in the Nature Conservation Institute, and currently works as a Researcher at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). He has worked with this faunal group since 1997, where he has pursued projects in over 11 countries. He has published a dozen scientific articles and participated in several conservation projects and management of bat populations, for which he has already received some awards: Bat Conservation International award for Research Excellence, National Geographic Explorer grant and BP Conservation Award.    

Joana Marques 
B. Sc. degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto in 2004. Since then she has furthered her knowledge of the taxonomy of lichens, and has collaborated in projects in the field of plant ecology and has co-oriented Master's degree students in the various areas of application of the study of lichens, including Bio-indication, Monitoring and Conservation of species and habitats. In 2008, she began her doctoral studies at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources) in partnership with the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, on the diversity of lichens on exposed rock surfaces and the respective effect in the process of alteration of rocks with artistic representations.
Her current research interests focus on the study of the diversity of the lichens of Iberian Peninsula and the distribution patterns of these organisms at the local level, aimed at the development of diagnostic tools and the preventive conservation of cultural heritage. She is a member of the management board of the Spanish Society of Lichenology (SEL) and the International Association of Lichenology (IAL).

Joana Paupério 
B.Sc. Hons degree and a PhD in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, she is currently a researcher at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). Her main research interests focus on the area of mammalian ecology, phylogeography and conservation genetics. In recent years she has devoted herself mainly to the study of Micromammals. Her PhD has analysed the evolutionary history of the short-tailed-field-vole. She has also participated in several projects related to the monitoring and management of mammal populations, environmental impact assessment and the conservation of Micromammal species.   

João Torres 
B.A. Hons. degree and Master’s degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. His master's thesis was on "Landscape Evolution in the region of Cantanhez (Guinea-Bissau) and its influence on the suitability of habitats for Pan troglodytes".
He is a researcher at CIBIO -InBIO (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), and is a member of the "Biodiversity and Ecology Conservation" group. He is (co-)author of some scientific papers in international and national journals in the fields of Phytosociology and Ecology of vegetation, Landscape Ecology, Ecological Modelling and the Biology of Conservation.
Among other things, his research has focused on the spatial and temporal patterns of forest fires and their relationship with physical components, landscape and socio-economic factors. He has also participated in several projects related to monitoring from remote sensing, environmental impact assessment and the conservation of species and habitats.   

José Carlos Brito 
A PhD in Biology from the University of Lisbon in 2003, he is currently an Assistant Researcher at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). He teaches postgraduate courses at the University of Porto. Since 2011 he is the Principal Investigator of the BIODESERTS group: Biodiversity of Deserts and Arid Regions, at CIBIO-INBio and is responsible for post-doctoral research activities, and for PhD and master's degree students. The main areas of his scientific activity are biogeography and Biological Conservation. In this context, he has led several research projects, mainly focused on the conservation of reptiles in Portugal and in several African countries. He has received two scholarships from the National Geographic Society and has developed over 20 scientific missions in Mauritania, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Algeria and Libya. Up until the present time, he has given 20 lectures and presented over 70 oral presentations in scientific meetings. He has published over 70 articles in international journals and more than 10 book chapters.  

José Manuel Grosso-Silva 
B.Sc. degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. Since 1994 he has been dedicated to the study of the insect fauna in mainland Portugal, in particular Coleoptera and Hemiptera, has implemented various studies in several protected areas, such as the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and the Peneda-Geres National Park. He has published more than 60 scientific and dissemination works.   Paulo Alves B. Sc degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. He is a researcher at CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), and has developed research work in the field of Applied Plant Ecology, Biodiversity Monitoring, Biological Invasions, Functional Ecology, Phytosociology and Floristic, and is the (co-) author of approximately two dozen papers published in the form of scientific articles or book chapters. He has also participated as a contributor in other scientific areas, such as Forensic Botany, Urban Ecology, Ornamental Flora and Environmental Rehabilitation of Habitats. He has participated in several projects in the indicated areas of expertise, including scientific studies, territorial planning and planning, projects and environmental impact assessment studies for various types of projects. He has worked in the Botanical Garden of Porto, where he identified plant species in the garden and herbarium.   

Paulo Farinha Marques 
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Science, University of Porto. He graduated in Landscape Architecture from the Higher Institute of Agronomy - Universidade Técnica, Lisbon (1988) and a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, Faculty of Architectural Studies (UK) (1999). Since 1996 he has combined teaching with the development of landscape architecture projects at various scales. His main areas of interest are planning and design of green structures from an ecological, social and aesthetic perspective (gardens, parks and recreational forests) the study of vegetation in the landscape, the study of urban biodiversity and assessment of the character of the landscape.   Pedro Reis de Sousa He has a B. Sc. degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources from the same institution since 2009. After graduation, he furthered his knowledge of the taxonomy and identification of arachnids in two courses of the Iberian Group of Arachnology, of which he is a member since 2003.
At CIBIO-INBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources) he has conducted research and collaborated in various Ecology works, including the first systematic study of the fauna of spiders in Serra da Estrela Natural Park. He has participated in several environmental monitoring studies of wind farms and other infrastructures, in which he has studied different fauna groups. In the framework of the Master’s degree he accepted the challenge of using molecular biology tools to study the phylogeny of several species of scorpions in Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula. He recently entered the PhD Programme in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution, University of Porto. He is the author and co-author of publications in scientific journals and several mainstream articles for the general public.  

Ricardo Jorge Lopes   
Biologist, with a Master’s degree in Ecology and PhD in Biology from the University of Coimbra. His research activity began at the Institute of Marine Research, University of Coimbra, where he studied the role of waders in the energy flow of estuaries and the dynamics of the migration of these birds.
He is currently a researcher at CIBIO-InBIO (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). His research has focused on birds conservation and genetics, including shorebirds, the birds of Macaronesia and waterfowl.
Additionally he has experience in the communication of science, and has participated in, and managed, several educational projects and environmental awareness, including the projects Nónio, Ciência Viva and Biology in the Summer, ranging from experimental research to the creation of Internet portals.
He also regularly collaborates with the Portuguese Birdwatching Society (SPEA), where he is a vigilant of the Important Bird Area (IBA) "Mondego Estuary". He has been a member of the editorial board of the Ornithological scientific journal, "Airo". He has written articles for the New Red Book of Vertebrates, published by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (ICNB), and is also a member of the management board of the Portuguese Bird Ringers Association (APAA).  

Vanessa Mata  
B.Sc degree in Biology from the University of Aveiro, and a Master’s degree in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution from the Faculty of Sciences, of the University of Porto. Since 2013 she has been a research scholar at CIBIO-InBio (Research Centre for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources), where she has contributed to study of the ecology of the European free-tailed Bat (Tadarida teniotis) in the Sabor valley. Her recent research focus has been linked to the application of new molecular tools to ecological studies, including the use of DNA metabarcoding for the study of the diet of the free-tailed bat.


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