Caring about the future

Teresa Catry

Teresa Catry

Assistant Reseacher

  • Author Name : Catry T.

  • Researcher ID: A-8082-2012
  • ORCID: 0000-0003-4047-9995
  • Ciencia ID: E713-6463-5D8A
  • Department: Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Research Group: Adaptation Biology & Ecological Processes (ABEP)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AU=(Catry T) AND AD=(SPEA or CESAM or Coimbra or Lisboa)

Research interests

Seabird and shorebird ecology: foraging and breeding ecology; migration; bird populations as indicators of environmental changes; habitat use and management.

I am Assistant Researcher at the University of Lisbon, working mainly on shorebird and seabird ecology, but also with a strong interest on the conservation of steppe birds. My main research is focused on key state-of-the-art aspects of the ecology of coastal and marine birds in the contrasting ecological contexts of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate estuarine/marine ecosystems.

Work with coastal birds (shorebirds) aims at implementing a long-term international program focused on intercontinental (African-European) migratory connectivity and the role of migrants in ecological networks, using estuarine birds as models. In particularly, research is focused in (1) developing methods to quantitatively assess the quality of foraging and roosting resources in both temperate and tropical estuaries, (2) describing the structure and functioning of food webs leading to shorebirds, (3) assessing the role of these migrant birds on the dynamics of coastal ecosystems, (4) characterizing migratory connectivity of shorebirds within the East Atlantic Flyway (Europe and Africa) (5) investigating the determinants of migratory choices and strategies of shorebirds at the individual and population level and (6) characterizing plasticity of different species to rapidly respond to changing environmental conditions, particularly concerning their phenological and trophic adaptability. Fieldwork has been carried out in Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau.

With seabirds I have used a combination of traditional (e.g. stomach content analysis, ringing) and modern (e.g. stable isotope analysis, tracking devices) techniques to perform a detailed exploration of the relationship between oceanography and seabird ecology during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Study areas include the Portuguese Mediterranean coast, Madeira archipelago (West Atlantic) and Seychelles archipelago (western Indian Ocean.

Research with steppe birds and agricultural systems has a strong focus on conservation. Some relevant achievements in this area include (1) applying SIA tools to study trophic ecology of bird species in order to deliver management guidelines to agricultural practices, (2) assessing the consequences of extreme heat events for breeding populations, (3) assessing for the first time the impact of conservation measures on the structure and functioning of breeding communities (through changes in trophic and non-trophic interactions).

Academic degrees

2005 - 2009: PhD in Ecology. University of Coimbra, Portugal. Thesis: “Foraging ecology of tropical seabirds in the Seychelles, Indian Ocean, in relation to the marine environment”.

1995 - 2000: Degree in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Scientific activities

Jan 2017 - present: Assistant Researcher (Investigador FCT contract IF/00694/2015, funded by Fundaçãop para a Ciência e Tecnologia). Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon.

Set 2016 - Dec 2016: Invited Lecturer (0%). Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon

Feb 2015 - Dec 2016: Postdoctoral Fellow (SFRH/BPD/102255/2014). Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. Title: Assessing migratory connectivity and the role of shorebirds in the functioning and structuring of tropical and temperate coastal ecosystems

Feb 2009 - Jan 2015: Postdoctoral Fellow (SFRH/BPD/46967/2008). Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon. Title: Estuaries as changing habitats for wintering and migratory shorebirds: assessing and monitoring quality of foraging and roosting resources.


Editor in-Chief of the scientific journal AIRO (SPEA-Birdlife publication)



MigraWebs - Migrants as a seasonal ecological force shaping communities and ecosystem functions in temperate and tropical coastal wetlands 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

Assessing migratory connectivity and quantifying the impact of migrant shorebirds in the structure and functioning of tropical and temperate coastal ecosystems See more

OCEANWEBS - Trophic links in open oceans: combining spatial data, dietary information and biomarkers from top predators to unveil structure and functioning of subtropical pelagic ecosystems See more

Foraging ecology, movements and abundance of an avian predator of mesopelagic prey: new and deeper insights using novel techniques and ideas See more

INVISIBLE LINKS: unveiling origins of migratory waders using biogeochemical markers See more

Distribution and impacts of the Cormorant on the ichthyological communities of the Sado estuary See more

MIGRATAGIS - Wintering and migrating shorebirds as indicators of the quality of estuarine environments See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): João Paulino (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Joana Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Beatriz Andrês (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): João Paulino (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): João Carreiras de Serra e Moura (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Sampaio (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): João Belo (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ana Paula Alves Cordeiro (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Mohamed Henriques (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Edna Correia (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Jorge Sánchez Gutiérrez (ex-CESAM member)


Other Concluded Projects

2005-2007 - Seabirds as bio-indicators of tropical marine ecosystems: a regional study in the western Indian Ocean. Funded by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (Marine Science for Management Grant, MASMA/AG/2004/04). Research team member.

2002-2005: Breeding and foraging ecology of Little Terns to provide indicators of changes in estuarine environments (POCTI 37385/BSE/2001). Research team member.

1999-2008: "The Atlas of the Portuguese Breeding Birds" (1999-2008). Responsible for the national census of the breeding population of Little Tern (Sterna albifrons).



CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020