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Inês Catry

Inês Catry

Post-Doc Researcher

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I am an ecologist mainly interested in understanding how global environmental changes can impact the breeding biology, migratory behaviour, habitat quality and population dynamics of birds. My current work focuses on three main research lines: 

1. Ecology and conservation of steppe-land birds. Because of different agricultural policies, cereal steppe habitat is rapidly changing, and many steppe birds have suffered a global reduction in range and numbers. I have consolidated my long-term research (20 years) on the ecology and behaviour of steppe-birds, with important contributions in predicting the response of species populations to the most future likely scenarios of agriculture intensification and land abandonment. 

2. Climate change and conservation adaptation. Adaptation to climate change has recently become a crucial element on the climate change policy agenda. The ecological impacts and costs of climate warming are not fully understood, and I am interested in understanding how climate change will affect bird species’ behaviour, distribution and population dynamics as well as evaluating birds’ plasticity to adapt to climate change. 

3. Migratory behaviour. Migratory species poses the greatest challenges to conservationists as they face a large range of potential threats across their distribution areas. My research focuses on tackling the mechanisms through which migratory behaviour can be altered and the influence of climate change and habitat loss on these mechanisms. To achieve these goals, I have engaged in the study of partial migration (birds species that have resident and migratory individuals), showing that species are changing their migratory decisions in response to global change.

I address these questions by combining standard field methods (monitoring, ringing) and new approaches (GPS loggers, geolocators, stable isotopes). My model species include the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), the European Roller (Coracias garrulus), the White-Stork (Ciconia ciconia) and the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax). The ultimate goal of my research aims at improving the delivery of effective conservation measures for the targeted species. 


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