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Bárbara Santos

Bárbara Santos

PhD Student

PhD Student
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal

My general interests combine ecology, behavior, evolution and conservation but my main focus has been on herpetology, microbiology, biodiversity conservation and ecotoxicology.


After finishing the Biology degree in the University of Porto I did a MSc in the University of Aveiro focused on the effects of environmental pollution in amphibians, particularly in the developmental effects and survival of embryos and tadpoles of the green frog Pelophylax perezi. After that I worked as a research assistant in several Aquatic Ecotoxicology projects in University of Aveiro using aquatic model organisms. The research mostly focused on assessing the effects of aquatic contaminants such as pesticides and nanoparticles, and environmental changes such as increase temperature and salinity in freshwater systems. During this time, I did a small collaboration with the University Federal of Bahia where I ran ecotoxicological tests with soil invertebrates, and the University of Florence where I studied the effects of pesticides on Podarcis lizards.

For my PhD, I am studying the microbial diversity in several amphibian species from Portugal and Madagascar and how these symbiotic communities are affected by environmental features (habitat types and water quality) and biological and ecological parameters. My fieldwork experience covers several ecosystems in Portugal, Italy and Madagascar.

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