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Sara Maria Lopes Santos

Researcher (MED - Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Doctoral Degree: Biologia (Ecologia)/Biologia (Universidade de Lisboa - 2010)
Master Degree: Biologia da Conservação/Biologia (Universidade de Évora - 2004)
Bachelor's Degree: Biologia Aplicada aos Recursos Animais/Biologia (Universidade de Lisboa - 1998)
MED - Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Integrated Member with doctorate)
Biological Sciences.
road ecology, sampling methods, ecology of rodents, mostly microtines, spatial ecology, movement ecology, habitat analysis and use of statistical models.
Habitat fragmentation, landscape connectivity, modelling, road barrier effects, verges, conservation, road ecology, movement ecology, disease ecology
High skills using geographic information systems (QGIS), software R, and tools for connectivity modelling (UNICOR, Circuitscape, Conefor Sensinode).
High skills in using statistical tools, such as GLM, GLMM, LMM, survival models, movement models and ordination methods.

Biodiversidade e Funcionalidade dos ecossistemas/Ecologia Aplicada e Conservação

  • Bolseira de investigação de Pós-doutoramento (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia; SRRH/BPD/70124/2010) com o tema “Effects of roads on wildlife: changes in landscape functional connectivity and implications for long-term population persistence”, no Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO/UE), Universidade de Évora, de Abril de 2011 até Julho de 2017.

  • Bolseira da Fundação Luís Molina da Universidade de Évora, em colaboração com o Prof. António Mira e o Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas (ICAAM), de Abril a Dezembro de 2010.

  • Bolseira de Doutoramento (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia; SFRH/BD/21403/2005) para a realização do estudo “Factors influencing the distribution of the Lusitanian and the Mediterranean pine voles (Microtus lusitanicus and M. duodecimcostatus) in Portugal: a multiscale approach” da Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), de 2006 a 2009.

  • Bolseira de Investigação do projecto “Towards a conservation strategy for Microtus cabrerae, the most endangered rodent of Portugal” (Projecto SAPIENS 39604/BSE/2001 da Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia), de 2002 a 2003.

  • Bolseira de investigação no projecto “Monitorização de Roedores” (CBA-FCUL/EDIA), incluido no “Programa de Monitorização do património Natural das Barragens de Alqueva e Pedrógão”, de Março 1999 a Dezembro 2000.

Valerio, F., Ferreira, E., Godinho, S., Pita, R., Mira, A., Fernandes, N., Santos, S.M. Predicting Microhabitat Suitability for an Endangered Small Mammal using Sentinel-2 Data. Remote Sensing (2020). doi:10.3390/rs12030562
Mestre, F.; Lopes, H.; Pinto, T.; Sousa, L.G.; Mira, A.; Santos, S. (2019). Bad moon rising? The Influence of the lunar cycle on amphibian roadkills. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 65.
Van der Horst, S.; Goytre, F.; Marques, A.; Santos, S.; Mira, A.; Lourenço, R. (2019). Road effects on tawny owl abundance and population trend. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 65:99 (DOI: 10.1007/s10344-019-1325-z)
Silva, C., Simões, M.P., Mira, A., Santos, S.M. Factors influencing predator roadkills: the availability of prey in road verges. Journal of Environmental Management (2019), 644-650, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.06.083
Valerio, F., Carvalho, F., Barbosa, A.M., Mira, A., Santos, S.M. Accounting for Connectivity Uncertainties in Predicting Roadkills: a Comparative Approach between Path Selection Functions and Habitat Suitability Models. Environmental Management (2019) 64, 329?343, doi:10.1007/s00267-019-01191-6
Salgueiro, P.A.; Mira. A.; Rabaça, J.E.; Silva, C.; Eufrázio, S.; Medinas, D.; Manghi, G.; Silva, B.; Santos, S.M. 2018. Thinking outside the patch: a multi-species comparison of conceptual models from real-world landscapes. Landscape Ecology, 33:353-370.
Salgueiro, P.A.M Mira, A.; Rabaça, J.E.; Santos, S.M. 2018. Identifying critical thresholds to guide management practices in agroecosystems:. Insights from bird community response to an open grassland-to forest gradient. Ecological Indicators, 88:205-213
Carvalho, F.; Santos, S.M.; Mira, A.; Lourenço, R. (2017). Methods to monitor and mitigate wildlife mortality in railways. In Borda-de-Água, L.; Barrientos, R.; Beja, P.; Pereira, H.M. (eds.), An Introduction to Railway Ecology. Springer, Cham, pp:23-42
Santos, S.M.; Carvalho, F.; Mira A. (2017). Current knowledge on wildlife mortality in railways. In Borda-de-Água, L.; Barrientos, R.; Beja, P.; Pereira, H.M. (eds.), An Introduction to Railway Ecology. Springer, Cham, pp:11-22
Santos, R.A.L.*, Santos, S.M*., Santos-Reis, M., Figueiredo, A.P., Bager, A., Aguiar, L.M.S., Ascensão, F.* Carcass Persistence and Detectability: Reducing the uncertainty surrounding wildlife-vehicle collision surveys. PloS ONE (2016), 11(11) e0165608. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165608
Santos, S.; Mira, A.; Salgueiro, P.; Costa, P; Medinas, D.; Beja, P. 2016. Avian trait-mediated vulnerability to road traffic collisions. Biological Conservation, 200: 122-130.
Santos, S; Marques, JT; Lourenço, A; Medinas, D; Barbosa, AM; Beja, P & Mira, A. 2015. Sampling effects on the identification of roadkill hotspots: Implications for survey design. Journal of Environmental Management, 162:87-95
Santos, S; Lourenço, R; Mira, A. & Beja, P (2013). Relative effects of road risk, habitat suitability, and connectivity on wildlife roadkills: the case of tawny owls (Strix aluco). PLoS One, 8(11):e77967. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079967
Santos SM, Carvalho F, Mira A (2011) How Long Do the Dead Survive on the Road? Carcass Persistence Probability and Implications for Road-Kill Monitoring Surveys. PLoS ONE 6(9): e25383.

* For more publications, perform a search by author name on Digital Repository of Scientific Publications of UÉ.

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