Team Composition


Christoph Meyer - Team leader

My main research interests are in bat ecology, tropical ecology, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. A particular focus of my research is on assessing species responses to habitat fragmentation and land-use change and on trying to elucidate the mechanistic basis underlying patterns of species distributions in fragmented and anthropogenically modified landscapes. Research in my lab has a strong field-oriented component but also draws heavily on appropriate techniques of statistical analysis and modeling, both of which I consider essential in ecological research.


Ricardo Rocha - PhD student


My main area of interest regards the anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss, mainly in tropical forest ecosystems. My current research is related to the evaluation of how habitat fragmentation impacts upon tropical forest communities and to the assessment of species persistence in humanized landscapes. My PhD thesis is dedicated to the effects of tropical forest fragmentation on the spatio-temporal dynamics of phyllostomid bat assemblages and my fieldwork is carried out at the Biological Dynamics of Forests Fragments Project, Central Amazon, Brazil (see project website).




Adrià López-Baucells - PhD student


My main research interests focus on the ecology and evolutionary biology of bats (microchiropteran and megachiropteran) and include: echolocation, ecomorphology, ecophysiology and phenotypic plasticity, sexual selection and competition, reproductive and activity patterns, and conservation. I am currently carrying out my PhD project at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) in the Central Amazon describing the echolocation calls of Amazonian bat species and studying the long-term effects of forest fragmentation upon insectivorous bat ensembles, using automatic recording stations for bat ultrasound detection (see project website).


Fábio Farneda - PhD student

João Santos - Masters student

I am doing a PhD in Ecology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and in affiliation with the Tropical Conservation Ecology group of cE3c. I hold a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Lisbon, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. For my PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Grelle (UFRJ) and Dr. Christoph Meyer (FCUL-cE3c) I use a functional-based approach to studying the effects of forest fragmentation on Neotropical bat assemblages.

My main research interest is in population genetics, which I am using to study the dynamics of colony formation and genetic structuring in a rare European species of vesper bat, the giant noctule, Nyctalus lasiopterus.


Diogo Ferreira - Masters student

For my thesis as part of the Masters program in Conservation Biology I am studying the seasonal differences in individual species responses of Neotropical bats to landscape composition and configuration in a fragmented landscape in Central Amazonia (Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project - BDFFP).

Past team members

Milou GroenenbergMasters student Imperial College, London (co-supervision with Dr. Cristina Banks-Leite). 2012
Thesis topic: “Matrix-mitigated edge and area effects on Neotropical bats in a fragmented landscape”.

Sónia Pina, Masters student CBA. 2011