Forging sustainability

Afonso Duarte dos Reis Rocha

Afonso Duarte dos Reis Rocha

assistant researcher

Research interests

I am a postdoctoral researcher based at the Functional Biodiversity Group, University of Aveiro (Portugal). As conservation ecologist passionate for shorebirds and their habitats, I focus on the migratory connectivity along the East Atlantic Flyway and global processes of climate change. I have a particular interest in:
- ecology and conservation of estuarine ecosystems;
- migratory strategies & climate change;
- foraging ecology and diet of birds;
- avian physiological constraints in extreme environments;
- adipose tissue signatures.

Since 2005 I carry out the monitoring and study of shorebird species and the management of coastal habitats in Tagus estuary (Portugal). I have evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of coastal saltpans as breeding and foraging habitats for shorebirds, developing actions that can be implemented to enhance the value of this human created habitat for the conservation of shorebird populations.

Academic degrees

1999–2005 Degree in Biology, University of Azores
2010–2016 PhD in Ecology, University of Coimbra

Scientific activities

January 2018 - Present - Auxiliary Researcher at the project "Securing the ecological integrity of the Bijagos archipelago as a key site for waders along the East Atlantic Flyway", University of Aveiro
2015 - 2017 - Fellow at the MARE - Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente
2012 - 2014 - Fellow at the IMAR - Centro de Mar e Ambiente


2007 - present - head of the Tagus Ringing Group
2016 - 2019 - President of Associação Portuguesa de Anilhadores de Aves



WaderTrack - High precision tracking system of waders See more

Waders of the Bijagos - Securing the ecological integrity of the Bijagos archipelago as a key site for waders along the East Atlantic Flyway See more

Scientific Supervision

Master (Co-supervisor): Massimiliano Bisceglie (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Xia Zhan (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Emma James (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Luna Rodríguez Montero (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Daniela Fonseca (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Tânia Paredes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Rita Alexandra Trindade Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Maddison Edgell (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Sachin Gauchan (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Tan Yen Yi (not a CESAM member)

CESAM Funding: