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The aim of this research area is to contribute to the sustainable management and conservation of wildlife populations through the investigation of wildlife-habitat inter-relationships. In particular, we are conducting research on the effects of wildlife on ecosystems (e.g. the impact of wild herbivores on vegetation dynamics), on the ecology and management of game species (e.g. turtle dove, Streptopelia turtur), and on the impacts of agricultural changes on the populations of species with unfavourable conservation status (e.g. great bustard, Otis tarda, and the little bustard, Tetrax tetrax).

Activities and Outputs

[Project]

ALTERFOR - Alternative models and robust decision: making for future forest management

Funding: Horizon 2020. Period: April 2016 to September 2020. Reference: 676754.

[Project]

Endemic pigeons of São Tomé: developing science-based conservation and sustainable use of African forest pigeons

Funding: Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). Period: April 2011 to April 2013. Reference: PTDC/BIA-BIC/115223/2009.

[Project]

Ecology and management of the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) for the valorization of the cork oak woodland "montado"

Funding: Ministry of Agriculture, PAMAF Programme. Period: 1995-1998. Reference: PAMAF 4030.

[Project]

The feeding ecology of deer and its effects on the regeneration of trees

Funding: Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), POCTI Programme. Period: 2000-2003. Reference: POCTI/AGR/33929/99.

[Project]

Leguminous rich biodiverse pastures: a sustainable alternative for marginal land use

Funding: Ministry of Agriculture, AGRO Programme, AGRO 87, Medida 8, Acção 8.1. Period: 2001-2004.

[Project]

Game crops in "Montado": demonstration of its effects on game management and on biodiversity

Funding: Ministry of Agriculture, AGRO Programme, AGRO 106, Medida 8, Acção 8.1. Period: 2002-2004.

[Project]

Geographic variation in the abundance and reproductive biology of the turtledove (Streptopelia turtur (L.)). Implications for game management

Funding: Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), POCTI Programme. Period: 2002-2005. Reference: POCTI/BSE/41067/2001.

[Project]

Restoration of Mediterranean evergreen oak woodland: effects of herbaceous vegetation on tree establishmen

Funding: Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT), POCTI Programme. Period: 2004-2006. Reference: POCTI/AGG/48704/2002.

[Project]

The impacts of acorn dispersal and grazing on cork oak regeneration of a montado system

Funding: Ministry of Agriculture, AGRO Programme, AGRO 669, Medida 8, Acção 8.1. Period: 2004-2006.

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