• 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
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
Sasha Marques de Vasconcelos
 
Position: Research Assistant
Member Type: Technical Staff
Degree: MSc
Email: sasha.vasconcelos@cibio.up.pt
Address: CIBIO-InBIO, Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical, Trav. Conde da Ribeira 9; 1300-142 Lisboa, Portugal
Groups: APPLECOL, TROPBIO

My main research interests include conservation biology and invertebrate ecology (focusing primarily on butterflies) in mediterranean and tropical ecosystems. I graduated from the Lisbon University with a degree in Environmental Biology and completed a MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Évora in 2011.


I have since become a research fellow under the partnership between the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-InBIO, Porto University) and the Tropical Research Institute (IICT, Lisbon), where I have worked with the Angolan and Mozambican butterfly collections housed in the IICT, since 2012. I am currently updating, georeferencing and databasing the Mozambican butterfly collection with the purpose of subsequently: (i) providing a historical view of species’ distributions in the country which can serve as baseline information for current studies; (ii) predicting potential habitat in poorly/non-surveyed areas and eventual shifts in this habitat due to climate change. The ultimate goal being to provide information that will aid conservation planning in the country.


For the past year and a half I have also been collaborating in a FCT funded research project studying the socio-economic and environmental impacts of cashew expansion in West Africa (Guinea-Bissau). I am specifically assessing the effects of the expansion of this cash crop on butterflies and other arthropods, comparing variation in community richness, composition and structure between cashew orchards and natural vegetation.