I am a PhD student in Anthropology at NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Exeter, and University of Porto (Portugal). My project uses a multidisciplinary approach, integrating social sciences and genomics to examine the adaptive responses of three sympatric species of primates – chimpanzees, baboons, and red colobus – to environmental change in Sierra Leone.
Before starting my PhD, I obtained a Masters in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution at the University of Porto (Portugal). My Masters research looked at the genetic diversity and structure of the chimpanzees from Guinea-Bissau. Since then, I have been involved in a series of projects focusing mainly on primate conservation in West Africa.
I am especially interested in understanding how humans and nonhuman primates have been coexisting, how these dynamics change over time, and what influences them. I believe this can only be effectively achieved by employing methods from different disciplines and fostering collaboration across research areas, as well as by involving local communities in conservation actions.
Supervisors: Dr Tânia Minhós (https://www.fcsh.unl.pt/en/college/teachers/taniarodrigues_en/), Dr Kimberley Hockings (https://www.consciexeter.org/dr-kimberley-hockings), Dr Maria J. Ferreira da Silva (https://cibio.up.pt/en/people/details/maria-joana-ferreira-da-silva/details/)