Principal investigator of the REN Chair and coordinator of the “Biodiversity in agricultural and forest ecosystems” CIBIO research group. His research interests include impacts of power lines on biodiversity, relationships between agricultural and forest management and biodiversity, and fire ecology.
REN Chair researcher focused on power lines impacts on birds and mitigation measures, but also on interactions on how white-stork nidification on REN pylons and their consequences for the species and the power line grid. The activity in the Chair includes a strong component of knowledge transfer to REN and other stakeholders, for example, in Environmental Impact Assessment processes.
Researcher in the area of environmental impact assessment and monitoring. She is developing her doctoral thesis in Biodiversity, Genetics, and Evolution (University of Porto) within the scope of the work plan of the REN Chair, with the main aim to evaluate and optimize monitoring and mitigation methods on the mortality of birds on power lines and roads.
JOÃO PAULO SILVA
Researcher in the field of conservation biology with special emphasis on the study of the movements and ecology of steppe birds. He has also dedicated to assessing the impacts of linear infrastructures, like roads and power lines, and what are the consequences of mortality for birds.
Biologist with a particular interest in Conservation and Birds Biology. She is ending her doctoral thesis, in which the main aim is to evaluate how anthropogenic infrastructures affect the distribution and space used by birds, intending to identify infrastructure management actions, as well as supporting biodiversity conservation strategies.
Researcher in the field of ecology, being her main focus the study of climate change impacts of anthropogenic source on the reproduction biology, migratory behaviour, habitat quality, and population dynamic of birds. She has been to work mainly with the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), the European roller (Coracias garrulus), the white stork (Ciconia ciconia), and the little bustard (Tetrax tetrax).