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Gonçalo Ferraz

Gonçalo Ferraz

PhD Student

PhD Student
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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The conservation of the natural world has always amazed me, giving me motivation to perform a Bachelor in Biology and, later, a Master in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. Besides conservation, the Master program made me realize that I am also deeply interested in the processes that underlie the natural world, being fascinated by evolutionary biology.

During the Master’s period (2018-2020), I have learnt most of what I know about evolutionary biology and bioinformatics, working for almost two years in a project that aimed to understand the genomic drivers that may underlie the distinctiveness of the Angolan Giant Sable. During this project, I was able to understand how natural selection and demography shape genetic variation in wild populations. As a result, during that time I have acquired knowledge and experience that can be applied in genomic assays for multiple species.

During that period, I also discovered my passion about ornithology. Due to this passion, I have been involved in ornithological projects since 2019. Overall, I hope to join my passion for ornithology, conservation biology and evolution to understand how bird species cope with changing environments. Thus, by applying ecological and genomic data I hope to produce conservation plans that can be applied to the mitigation or reversal of negative population trends in multiple bird species. In the future I hope to engage on a PhD in conservation biology, bringing new and important information that may be helpful to enhance or complete conservation projects in this area.

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