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Júlio Manuel Neto

Júlio Manuel Neto


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

From 1990 to 1995, I studied biology at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where I also carried out a Master Degree on Sciences of Coastal Zones (1999) and taught practical classes of ecology to undergraduates. In 2004, I was awarded a DPhil at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford, as a result of my study on “Breeding ecology, moult and migration of Savi’s Warblers Locustella luscinioides in Portugal”.


I started a post-doc in 2005, based at CIBIO/UP, Portugal, and also at the Department of Animal Ecology, Lund University, Sweden. Currently, I’m undertaking a second post-doc, which, like the first, is being carried out in Portugal and Sweden.


I have a broad interest in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, and work mostly on natural populations of marshland passerines.

My research involves a lot of fieldwork (bird ringing, nest finding, collection of blood and feather samples), lab work (genetics, stable isotope analysis), and statistics.


Specific research lines include:
• The Life-history trade-offs between breeding, moult and migration.
• The use and analysis of ringing data.
• Extra-pair paternity, sexual selection and sex allocation (in my study population of Savi’s Warblers).
• Genetic population structure and migratory connectivity of marshland passerines.
• Local adaptation and the evolution of reproductive barriers (in Reed Buntings)

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