Susana A. M. Varela

I received my PhD in 2007, by the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France. From 2010 until 2017, I worked at FCUL as a Post-doctoral researcher and Invited Professor. Since May 2017, I integrated Rui Oliveira's lab (the Integrative Behavioural Biology Group), at IGC. 
My research is in Behavioural Ecology, Neurobiology, Conservation and Evolution. I am interested in studying how and in what circumstances animals use the information that they acquire from other individuals (social information) to make decisions about prospective mates, habitats and food. I am also passionate by teaching, science education, communication, outreach and research ethics.

Manuel Sapage, PhD student

I study mate-choice copying generalisation (MCCG), both empirically and theoretically. MCCG is a mechanism of non-independent mate-choice where individuals change their mate preferences favouring similar mates to the ones they saw being chosen by conspecifics. My general goal is to predict the impact of MCCG in sexual selection and evolution.

Inês Órfão, PhD student

I study male intrasexual selection in guppies (P. reticulata). I'm interested in understanding how males model their behaviour according to the information that they extract from the behaviour of rival males when competing for access to females.

Antonieta Charrua, PhD student

I study animal play in primates. My goal is to contribute, with a comprehensive approach, for a greater knowledge about how this behaviour has evolved in different species, how does it change across an individual's life, how can it be distinguished from other behaviours, and how adaptive it is at the population and individual level. I am following the line of reasoning proposed by Bekoff, Burghardt, Spinka and others.

Gonçalo Faria, PhD student
I’m developing theory on the topics of kin selection and sexual selection. I would also like to research topics related to cultural evolution and natural selection, allowing a more integrated approach to the evolution of individuals, populations and species. I'm also interested in collaborating with labs with more empirical approaches so that I can verify my theoretical hypothesis.

Salomé Clemente, former PhD student
I study reproductive heterospecific interactions, namely reproductive interference, in three species of spider mites Tetranychus spp. Reproductive interference is considered a strong ecological force, potentially leading to species exclusion.

Salomé defended her PhD thesis on the 19th of July 2017. Congratulations Salomé!

Rita Andrade, former MSc student

My main interests are in animal behaviour, cognition and learning, applied to conservation. My goal is to study the impact of the cultural transmission of behaviours to conservation ecology. Will the learning of new behaviours increase animals' adaptation ability to changing environments? 
Additionally to research, I also make part of the Association of Biology Students of my faculty and I dance in my free times.

Rita defended her MSc thesis on the 24th November 2016. Congratulations Rita!
Rita will soon start her PhD, in January 2018.

Marília Sargento, MSc student

I study teaching behaviour in Papio hamadryas at the Lisbon Zoo. My question is whether teaching is more often a voluntary process, on the part of the adults, or if cubs learn opportunistically from adults' behaviours. I am interested in applying my research to Conservation Biology, namely to animal welfare in Zoos.

António Alexandre, MSc Student

My main areas of interest are animal behaviour and communication, primates and their tropical domains. Currently undergoing my master thesis, where I study wild Sumatran Orang-utan (Pongo abelii) and their vocalisations. My focus is the complexity and diversity of their alarm calls in a secondary forest in Sumatra, Indonesia, and their relevance towards the conservation of a highly threatened primate species that experiences daily destruction and fragmentation of their habitat as well as poaching. I also esteem education, Permaculture and Holistic approach

António defended his MSc thesis on the 27th November 2017. Congratulations António!

      Where can you find Susana?

      IBBG, IGC
      cE3c, FCUL

       EcoComp discussion group

       Where can you find Manuel?

       cE3c, FCUL

       Ingo Schlupp lab, Oklahoma University, USA

       Hanna Kokko lab, Zurich University, SZH
       EcoComp discussion group

       Where can you find Inês?

       cE3c / FCUL

       Anne Magurran lab, School of Biology,                   University of St Andrews, Scotland

       Luís Vicente labCFCUL / FCUL

       EcoComp discussion group

       Where can you find Antonieta?

       cE3c / FCUL

       Luís Vicente labCFCUL / FCUL

         EcoComp discussion group

       Where can you find Gonçalo?

       Andy Gardner lab, School of Biology,                      University of St Andrews, Scotland
       Gonçalo did his MSc at IDABE and
         Margarida Matos lab, cE3c / FCUL

         EcoComp discussion group

       See also Gonçalo's personal website here

       Where was Salomé during her PhD?

       Sara Magalhães lab, cE3c / FCUL

       Where can you find Rita?

       cE3c / FCUL
         Maria da Luz, CESAM-Lisboa / FCUL

       Ana M. Cerveira, CESAM-Lisboa / FCUL

       EcoComp discussion group

       Where can you find Marília?

       cE3c / FCUL

       EcoComp discussion group

       Where can you find António?

       cE3c / FCUL

       Margarida Santos-Reis cE3c / FCUL

       EcoComp discussion group