Published in 30/7/2018
Coordinator: Carlos Fonseca
WMAC is focused on monitoring, conservation and management of wildlife populations, involving different perspectives that range from spatial, trophic, population, disease ecology, genetic, phylogeographic and evolutionary to human dimension, science outreach and public involvement approaches. WMAC research encompasses different state-of-the-art methodological approaches that include molecular ecology, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, advanced statistical techniques, satellite radio-tracking and field work monitoring, among others. WMAC research is implemented in a wide range of environments (Mediterranean forest, Neotropical Rainforest, African Savannas, Cerrado, Pantanal, etc.), covering most of world’s regions (South and North America, Europe, Africa).
Main research areasWildlife conservation in Agriculture Landscapes
Spatial ecology of carnivores in Neotropical production forests and Mediterranean Agroforestry systems (e.g. “Montado”)
Mammals’ population structure, guild interactions and predator-prey relations in agriculture landscapes
Trophic approaches to carnivores adaptation to agriculture systems
Use of molecular, GIS and modelling tools for monitoring and assessing the conservation status of target wildlife populations;
Design of conservation and management measures and integrated plans aimed at specific populations and contexts.
Ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife
Ungulates as disease reservoirs and dispersers.
Role of ungulates in the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance bacteria at the human-livestock-wildlife interface.
New approaches to wildlife diseases research: beyond the “one-pathogen one-disease” paradigm
Human Dimension of Conservation
Beliefs, Perceptions, Attitudes, Tolerance and Behavior towards large carnivores
Bio-ecology of wild carnivore species and effects induced by land use, human pressure, climatic, environmental and ecological factors
Science communication and outreach
Adult and youth education for biodiversity conservation
Management of educational services and pedagogical strategies
Communication plans for public and private institutions
Analysis of social perception and engagement on nature conservation topics
Making liaison between science and society through public and private bodies, and local communities
Printed and digital media for science communication
Multimedia tools in the dissemination of science
Population genetics, molecular ecology and phylogeography of wildlife populations
Analysis of genetic patterns of wildlife populations and interpretation of the processes behind the patterns, in a context of wildlife management and conservation;
Genetic structure, diversity and phylogeography of the European wild ungulate and carnivore species;
Effect of landscape features on the genetic connectivity of populations (landscape genetics).
Main study areas
Selected Publications and Projects
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