I am generally interested in understanding the effects of the environment on the distribution of species and the responses of organisms to environmental change by using ecological and genomic approaches. I also have broad interests in conservation and science communication.

 My research interests can be categorized into three major areas:

    Marine connectivity – understanding the complex mechanisms driving the distribution of marine organisms and investigating processes related to population dynamics (such as dispersal and gene flow);

    Evolutionary aspects of adaptation – understanding the genetics of complex traits and examining plastic and adaptive responses of organisms to environmental change.

    Conservation and management – translating the results of the research to inform conservation and management decisions.

Currently at the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture I am using genomic tools to investigate neutral and adaptive processes influencing the genetic structure and divergence patterns of a range of commercially important lobster species. I also apply genomic tools to tackle challenging issues and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture.

  • 2017 to present - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Research and Teaching Assistant, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 2011 to 2015 - PhD, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 2009 to 2011 - MSc, Federal University of Parana (Brasil)
  • 2003 to 2008 - BSc, University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - VUW PhD Submission Scholarship
  • 2014 - Kathleen Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2011 to 2014 - Victoria Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2013 - VUW Faculty of Science Strategic Research Grant
  • 2012 to 2013 - Society for Conservation Biology Travel Award
  • 2012 to 2013 - Victoria University of Wellington Students Association Sponsorship
  • 2011 - CNPq – National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development
  • 2009 to 2011 - CAPES – Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (MSc scholarship)
  • 2008 to 2009 - ERASMUS – Student Mobility for Placements

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