|Cândida Gomes Vale|
I started my research activities during the last year of my degree in Biology, by studying the distribution and abundance of the European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in Montalegre (Portugal). After finishing my B.C.s (2008), I enrolled in the M.Sc. program hosted by CIBIO/UP, during which I developed a thesis focused on predicted impacts of climate change in 25 Sahelian and Afro-tropical vertebrates in West Africa. This work was the starting point to develop my Ph.D. research, focused in the Sahara-Sahel region. It aimed at addressing biodiversity conservation in arid environments under climate change, by evaluating the performance of ecological niche models to predict the distribution of ecologically plastic species and of range margins populations; evaluating the conservation status of mountain restricted species; identify local hotspots of biodiversity and functional groups vulnerable to future climate change.
Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/L-7243-2013