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Iolanda Silva-Rocha

Iolanda Silva-Rocha

Post-Doc Researcher

Post-Doc Researcher
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal

I graduated in Biology in 2010 at Universidade de Aveiro and completed a Masters in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution at Universidade do Porto in 2012. From 2014 to 2018, I developed my PhD thesis under the Doctoral Program of Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution at University of Porto, which I concluded in November 2018.

My research has been focused on biological invasions, mostly understanding from where alien species are and where they are coming from, how they will expand in the future, and how they are able do adapt in the new environment; using several tools to address the diferent questions such genomics, molecular biology, ecological niche modelling, statistical modelling and stable isotope analysis. Currently, I am involved in projects that aim to understand how can we use citizen science to detect and monitor alien species. Biological invasions thematic is indeed my main scientific interest due to its importance on the globalized word we have today and I believe prevention is the best way to fight it.

Nowadays, I am a pos-doctoral researcher on a project which aims to understand the effect of climate change on a temperature-sex dependent species (Tarentola mauritanica). We are using egg incubation experiments to assess pivotal temperatures and temperature sensitive periods under different environmental conditions, and we will use genomic methods to understand the genes involved in this process. Furthermore, as a side project, we will assess the importance of Tarentola mauritanica as a way to control some diseases, such as dengue or zika, using a genomic approach. Tarentola mauritanica is introduced in some places, so this project can give a double perspective on the role of the species in native and introduced communities. 


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