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Maria Silva

  • PhD
  • Postdoctoral fellow
  • Universidade do Porto Centro de Investigacao em Biodiversidade e Recursos Geneticos
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Postdoctoral fellow

Centro da investigacao da biodiversidade e recursos geneticos

August 2013 - Present


School of Biosciences

Cardiff University School of Biosciences

March 2008 - March 2012(4 years)


Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências

September 2005 - June 2009(4 years)


Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciencias

September 1999 - February 2005(5 years)


I started my research activities at the completion of my Licentiate degree (1999-2004) in Lisbon University. I investigated a free-ranging troop of chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) at Cape Town (South Africa) in collaboration with Cape Town University. I was interested to understand how their daily-life (e.g. movement patterns, habitat use, behaviour time budget) changed after the removal of the main source of provisioned food. During my M.Sc. degree (2005-2009) at CIBIO and within the scope of my Ph.D. (2008-2012) at Cardiff University, I researched the impact of hunting pressure in the genetic diversity, population structure and dispersal patterns of the Guinea baboon (Papio papio) in Guinea-Bissau. This practically unstudied population is severely threatened by hunting for bushmeat consumption. As a postdoctoral researcher at CIBIO/UP and Cardiff University (2013-2019), I will investigate the impact of human land use on the dispersal strategies of co-distributed primate species.

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