• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Luís Manuel Abecasis Palma
 
Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Member Type: Researchers
Degree: PhD
Email: luis.palma@cibio.up.pt
Address: CIBIO, Campus de Vairão, R. Padre Armando Quintas. 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
Groups: APPLECOL

I started my professional career as a wildlife technician at the Portuguese Forest Department engaging in field studies on the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), diurnal forest birds of prey and wild boar. Later, I worked as a biologist at the Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Besides other studies on birds of prey, I followed in detail during 23 years the evolution of the residual breeding Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) population of the Portuguese Southwest coast until its extinction. Then I switched to the University of the Algarve where I focused my research on a long-term multidisciplinary study of the tree-nesting Bonelli’s eagle population of Southern Portugal, while also collaborating in studies on the population status assessment of the Iberian lynx.

 

Among my present research interests, the conservation biology and evolutionary ecology of the expanding tree-nesting Bonelli’s eagle population of Southern Portugal still is a major subject. The focus is the links between the ecology, toxicology, pathology, demographics and genetics of this interesting evolutionary unit, of which I’m currently contributing to an in-deeper study of its population genetics. I’ve been also following up the return of the Spanish Imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti), more than 20 years after its extinction as a breeding species, a demise that I could witness during the 1970-80s. Another subject of my current research is the recent northwards expansion into Southern Europe of the North African Long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus cirtensis) possibly in response to climatic changes. Special attention is paid to its putative recent or old hybridization with the European Common buzzard (Buteo buteo). I’m also interested in the clarification of its taxonomic relationship with the nominate taxon (Buteo rufinus rufinus), its Eurasian counterpart.

 

As a result of having conservation biology as a major focus of my research I engaged in several practical conservation activities of priority endangered species and their habitats. Namely, I contributed to the declaration of some protected areas such as the Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve and the Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Natural Park, as well as some Nature 2000 areas. I recently led a 4.5 years LIFE Nature project on the tree-nesting Bonelli’s eagle, aiming at its conservation in the southwest uplands. Currently, I’m also co-leading the reintroduction of the Osprey to Portugal.

 

Out of Portugal, I conducted a comprehensive survey of the Osprey in Cape Verde from which an updated acknowledgement of its population status in the country was achieved. I also recently collaborated in a study on the environmental and socio-economic impact assessment of the wide expansion of cashew-nut production in Guinea Bissau. Since 2011 I’ve been the Portuguese representative at the Steering Committee of EURAPMON - Research and Monitoring for and with Raptors in Europe, a European network of raptor experts sponsored by ESF, European Science Foundation.