• Local Adaptation in Drosophila, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c) - Faculdade de CiĂȘncias, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Adaptation, Evolutionary Dynamics, Experimental Evolution, Life History, Population Genetics / Genomics
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I graduated and did my PhD in Evolutionary Biology in the University of Lisbon. I'm currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, studying genome and transcriptome changes during adaptation to a new environment. I am currently member of the CE3C (Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Sciences) at the Faculty of Sciences. My main research interests concern Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Genetics, Thermal adaptation and Experimental Evolution. Most of my research has been focussing on the analysis of processes and patterns during adaptation to a new environment as well as its underlying genetic basis. I am further trying to understanding clinal patterns of genetic variation specifically addressing the adaptive role of inversion polymorphisms in Drosophila and the genetic content of these chromosomal arrangements. I am now particularly interested in the study of real-time evolutionary responses to increasing temperatures (as in climate warming) and thermal stress responses in general.

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