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Martina Panisi

Martina Panisi

Research Technician

Research Technician
Member type
Technical Staff
CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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I am a conservation biologist interested in ecology, evolution, and social sciences. My work mostly focuses on preserving invertebrate taxa and their habitat, combining research and environmental education. Currently, I am working as a research technician in the BIODESERTS research group to investigate desert fauna with a focus on invertebrates.

Over the past years, I have worked mainly in São Tomé and Príncipe, central Africa. There I co-created and coordinated a project for the conservation of land snails (Forest Giants Project, Alisei NGO), and developed a PhD in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution on the links between land molluscs, their habitats, and the people living in the Gulf of Guinea oceanic islands, using a combination of techniques from social and ecological sciences (cE3c, Lisbon University). 

I am particularly interested in how people perceive, use and are willing to protect wildlife, developing social surveys or implementing conservation actions that are carried out with the participation and engagement of people, by encouraging the public to understand the value of - often - unpopular species, such as invertebrates. 

I am part of the IUCN SSC Mid-Atlantic Islands Invertebrates Specialist Group and a National Geographic explorer.
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