• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Soraia Barbosa
 
Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Member Type: Researchers
Degree: PhD
Email: soraiabarbosa@cibio.up.pt
Address: CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, R. Padre Armando Quintas. 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
Groups: CONGEN

The subject that interests me the most is animal conservation, especially through the development of studies to understand and counteract the processes leading to species endangerment. Collecting and studying that information is vital to develop conservation actions to protect rare and elusive species, especially resorting to non-invasive genetics.

 

So far I've worked with the development of molecular methodologies to distinguish the Iberian rodents through non-invasive samples followed by an investigation grant associated to the PERSIST project for one year. This project consists on the determination of matrix permeability to interpatch movements in highly fragmented populations of Cabrera (Microtus cabrerae) and water (Arvicola sapidus) voles, in southwestern Portugal. The role of genetics is to establish population structure, define effective colonies, genotyping individuals and establish kinship in order to detect migrants and thus infer on which matrices are more permeable to dispersal.

 

Currently I'm starting my PhD with the same two species, with the study of their distribution, population connectivity and evolutionary history in a landscape genetics (and possibly non-invasive) framework. The study intends to develop management guidelines for the two species under conditions of environmental (including climate) change, providing a wider understanding of the susceptibility of species with a metapopulation structure to such threats.