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Fernando Ascensao

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The area where I have developed scientific research projects focuses on the Road Ecology and more recently in landscape genetics. The impact of roads on wildlife is an emerging and one of the most challenging research fields in ecology, not only by the urgency of finding solutions that enable a sustainable coexistence between the road and wildlife, but also for the opportunity it provides to investigate the biology, population dynamics, genetic isolation and the behavior of various wildlife species and groups. It is a field that allows the study of anthropogenic influences on the landscape and fauna, including the effects of fragmentation and destruction of habitats, important factors of threat to biodiversity. Recent progress in landscape genetics and geographical information systems allow the use of these powerful tools in Road Ecology research, where I intend to develop my PhD. At the Landscape Genetics level, I'm interested in assessing the value of Natura 2000 network for biodiversity conservation, particularly for flightless animals. Are the sites really connected? Is there any gene flow occurring between sites? Should we define ecological corridors among sites? These are some of the questions I'm now focusing.

Research interests

Recent publications

  • Do well-connected landscapes promote road-related mortality?

    • Grilo C
    • Ascensão F
    • Santos-Reis M
    • et al.

Co-authors (110)

  • Frederico Mestre
  • Pedro Beja
  • Mario Mota-Ferreira
  • Simone R. Freitas
  • Jacinta Mullins

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