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Inês Miranda

Inês Miranda

PhD Student

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

I hold a degree in Biology (2016) and a MSc degree in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (2018) from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. I joined CIBIO-InBIO in 2015 to develop a one-year internship project, which was when I got interested in evolution and its unresolved questions.

My main research interests focus on understanding the evolutionary mechanisms driving local adaptation of key adaptive traits in natural populations and their interplay with population history, genetics, and ecology. Currently, I am focused on the study of seasonal coat colour change, a trait that is crucial for species fitness but is being challenged by climate change. Particularly, I am studying the evolution of seasonal coat colour variation (i.e. polymorphism of winter colour) using mustelids (Mustela spp.) as model species.

For my MSc thesis, I studied the genetic basis of winter coat colour variation in the least weasel (Mustela nivalis), using next-generation sequencing data obtained from museum specimens. During my PhD, I will combine temporal museum sampling with genomic approaches and ecological modelling to understand the origin and adaptive evolution of this trait and to quantify its potential for rapid adaptation to climate change.




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