Former Master Student at cE3c, now PhD student at St. Andrews University

Main research interests:

The main goal of my Master project was to study the impact of mate choice decisions on the evolution of different populations of Drosophila subobscura sharing the same environment. Will they converge to the same sexual choice? Is Mate-Choice Copying (MCC) present and if it is how will it evolve? Will MCC promote hybridization between individuals from different populations? I am also trying to develop similar studies in other species, particularly in humans. Other scientific interests are related with empathy, cognition, self-awareness and altruism in an evolutionary perspective.

Academic qualifications:

- I finished my thesis of Master Degree in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon) in October 2014 and started a PhD with a grant from FCT one year later, at St. Andrews University under the supervision of Andy Gardner. - 2012 B.Sc. in Biology (Faculty, of Sciences, University of Lisbon) as an honor student.

Until 2016 I collaborated in the following projects:

- Master thesis project: Can social learning promote hybridization? Mate-choice copying in Drosophila subobscura. - Evolution of latitudinal clines in reverse: how much do populations converge under adaptation to a novel, common environment? (PTDC/BIA-BEC/098213/2008) - Role of chemical cues on the sexual behaviour of Drosophila melanogaster.