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Tiago M. Rodrigues

Tiago M. Rodrigues

PhD Student

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

My academic background includes a degree in Biology (Licenciatura) and a MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution, both at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. Currently, I am developing my PhD research focused on the co-occurrence of two sibling species of birds, the Wilson’s (Gallinago delicata) and the common snipe (G. gallinago), in the Azores.
My current research interests are: ornithology, wildlife management, biogeography and evolutionary biology.

I started to work with CIBIO in the Azores, in 2007, as a researcher in a game management project. During that work, we had the chance to report two allopatric birds, the Wilson’s and the common snipe, wintering in sympatry in that archipelago. This, and the existence of a local population of snipe, was intriguing enough to, during my MSc, develop an integrative study to characterize snipe in the Azores. Our findings (in prep) unraveled an opportunity to study some aspects of insular biogeography, namely the role of social dominance, between two closely related species, in constraining island biodiversity.

On my PhD research project, we are testing the role of competitive interactions in constraining island biodiversity, using the snipe in the Azores, and a multidisciplinary approach, combining niche modeling, analysis of breeding phenology, playback experiments, and morphological, acoustic and molecular analyses. Because the exclusion of one colonist by another is difficult to observe and leaves no traces in most cases, the proposed system may provide a unique opportunity to investigate it.

Simultaneously, I am enrolled in other projects/partnerships concerning functional morphology, ecology, and management of other organisms.

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