Francisco Amorim (CIBIO-InBIO/UP) | June 17, 2016 | 14h30 | CIBIO-InBIO’s Auditorium, Campus de Vairão




Understanding factors that influence species diversity and abundance in human-modified landscapes is a central theme in conservation biology.
However, studies frequently overlook the possibility of habitat selection varying seasonally, which may undermine the identification of key habitats for conservation. Our main goals were to 1) examine how climate and landscape influence bat diversity and activity at a regional scale, considering different phenological stages, 2) determine where species diversity and activity is predicted to be higher in each stage and 3) identify where conservation efforts should be allocated within the study area. We used generalized Linear Models and employed an information-theoretic approach to compare alternative hypotheses.

Preliminary results show that there are seasonal differences on habitat selection suggesting that conservation efforts should focus on habitats that are relevant in each of the phenological stages.


Francisco Amorim is graduated in Environmental Engineering and holds a MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Évora. Currently Francisco is a second year PhD Student attending the BIODIV doctoral program at the University of Porto. Working under the supervision of Dr. Hugo Rebelo (CIBIO-InBIO) and Stephen Rossiter (Queen Mary University of London), Francisco is part of the CIBIO-InBIO's ApplEcol and CONGEN groups. Francisco's interests focus on wildlife and ecosystems' conservation, disturbance ecology and applied ecology.


Image credits: Francisco Amorim