• 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
 
 

 

 

 
Iolanda Silva-Rocha
 
Position: PhD Student
Member Type: Students
Email: irsr.14@gmail.com
Address: CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
Groups: AP

Science is the area that attracted me since all the time, since it could bridge some of my curiosity. Like a roller coaster, science is a game of questions and answers that are generating constantly more questions, and this is what makes science such an enthusiastic field to work. As a scientist, I defend the integration of several tools and methods to answer the several questions that arise. Nowadays, my research interest encompasses the biological invasions phenomena. Being biological invasions one of the major causes of biodiversity loss, it is priority to understand the factors that shape the current distribution of alien species and to assess their impact on the novel environment and native biota. On the other hand, biological invasions present interesting evolutionary problems since they are stochastic events often involving small populations that can survive rapid habitat transitions.


In particular, my PhD will have several levels of study: one more generalist in which I will determine the biogeographical pattern of biological invasion of reptiles on the Mediterranean Islands; another in which I will study the genetic basis of the adaptation of an introduced lizard species to the new environment; and finally, I will study a particular kind of impact - the hybridization between the Podarcis sicula (invader) and Podarcis raffonei (native, critically endangered). Evidences from NGS (Next Generation Sequencing), distribution modelling, stable isotope analysis and ecophysiological tests will be combined in an integrative framework to ascertain the three levels of the project.