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  Teresa Catry  
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  e-mail: teresa.catry@gmail.com  
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  Department: Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa  
  Research group: Adaptation Biology and Ecological Processes
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Professional experience: postdoctoral grants

01/02/2015 - 31/12/2016

Reference: SFRH/BPD/102255/2014

Title: Assessing migratory connectivity and the role of shorebirds in the functioning and structuring of tropical and temperate coastal ecosystems

Awarding Institution: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Starting date: 01/02/2015
Supervisor: José Pedro Granadeiro



Reference: SFRH/BPD/46967/2008
Title: "Estuaries as changing habitats for wintering and migratory shorebirds: assessing and monitoring quality of foraging and roosting resources"
Awarding Institution: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Starting date: 01/02/2009
Duration: 72 months
Supervisor: José Pedro Granadeiro

Academic degrees

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

2005-2009: PhD in Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Research interests

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

Principal areas of scientific activity

My research on seabird ecology has been mainly focused on the relationships between seabird foraging ecology and the marine environment, using both temperate and tropical species. A combination of traditional (e.g. stomach content analysis, ringing) and modern (e.g. stable isotope analysis, global location sensors) techniques have been used to perform a more detailed exploration of the relationship between oceanography and seabird ecology during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Study areas included the Portuguese Mediterranean coast and the archipelago of the Seychelles, in the western Indian Ocean.

I'm also interested on shorebird ecology, and particularly (1) in developing methods to quantitatively assess the quality of foraging and roosting resources in both temperate and tropical estuaries, (2) to characterize migratory connectivity of waders within the East Atlantic Flyway (encompassing extensive fieldwork in Europe - Tagus estuary and Ria Formosa, Portugal; Wash estuary, UK - and in Africa - Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Morocco), (3) to describe the structure and functioning of food webs leading to shorebirds and (4) assess the role of these migrant birds on the dynamics of coastal ecossystems.

Keywords: shorebirds, seabirds, foraging ecology, migration, habitat quality, conservation


Other Project Participation


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).

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

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

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 details]

Foraging ecology, movements and abundance of an avian predator of mesopelagic prey: new and deeper insights using novel techniques and ideas [see details]

INVISIBLE LINKS: unveiling origins of migratory waders using biogeochemical markers [see details]

Distribution and impacts of the Cormorant on the ichthyological communities of the Sado estuary [see details]

MIGRATAGIS: Wintering and migrating shorebirds as indicators of the quality of estuarine environments [see details]

  1. Lourenço PM, Catry T, Granadeiro JP (In Press) Diet and feeding ecology of the wintering shorebird assemblage in the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Journal Of Sea Research. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Catry T, Figueira P, Carvalho L, Monteiro R, Coelho P, Lourenço PM, Catry P, Tchantchalam Q, Catry I, Botelho MJ, Pereira E, Granadeiro JP, Vale C (In Press) Evidence for contrasting accumulation pattern of cadmium in relation to other elements in Senilia senilis and Tagelus adansoni from the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Envionmental Science And Research Pollution. (see details) ISI paper
  3. Catry T., Moreira F., Alcazar R., Rocha P.A., Catry I. (2017) Mechanisms and fitness consequences of laying decisions in a migratory raptor. Behavioral Ecology. 28, 1, 222-232. (see details) ISI paper
  4. Lourenço PM, Catry T, Lopes RJ, Piersma T, Granadeiro JP (2017) Invisible trophic links? Quantifying the importance of non-standard food sources for key intertidal avian predators in the Eastern Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 563, 219-232. (see details) ISI paper
  6. Lourenço PM, Serra-Gonçalves C, Ferreira JL, Catry T, Granadeiro JP (2017) Plastic and other microfibers in sediments, macroinvertebrates and shorebirds from three intertidal wetlands of southern Europe and west Africa. Environmental Pollution. 231, 123-133. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Catry T., Lourenco P.M., Lopes R.J., Carneiro C., Alves J.A., Costa J., Rguibi-Idrissi H., Bearhop S., Piersma T., Granadeiro J.P. (2016) Structure and functioning of intertidal food webs along an avian flyway: a comparative approach using stable isotopes. Functional Ecology. 30, 3, 468-478. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12506
  8. Lourenco P.M., Catry T., Piersma T., Granadeiro J.P. (2016) Comparative Feeding Ecology of Shorebirds Wintering at Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania. Estuaries And Coasts. 39, 3, 855-865. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Martins R.C., Catry T., Rebelo R., Pardal S., Palmeirim J.M., Granadeiro J.P. (2016) Contrasting estuary-scale distribution of wintering and migrating waders: the potential role of fear. Hydrobiologia. 768, 1, 211-222. (see details) ISI paper
  10. Pinto M., Catry T., Pedro P.I., Gatt M.C., Dias M.P. (2016) Brood-guarding behaviour in Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii) at two East Atlantic colonies. Bird Study. 63, 1, 148-151. (see details) ISI paper
  11. Catry T., Lourenco P.M., Lopes R.J., Bocher P., Carneiro C., Alves J.A., Delaporte P., Bearhop S., Piersma T., Granadeiro J.P. (2016) Use of stable isotope fingerprints to assign wintering origin and trace shorebird movements along the East Atlantic Flyway. Basic And Applied Ecology. 17, 2, 177-187. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2015.10.005
  12. Catry I., Catry T., Alho M., Franco A.M.A., Moreira F. (2016) Sexual and parent-offspring dietary segregation in a colonial raptor as revealed by stable isotopes. Journal Of Zoology. 299, 1, 58-67. (see details) ISI paper
  13. Dias M.P., Romero J., Granadeiro J.P., Catry T., Pollet I.L., Catry P. (2016) Distribution and at-sea activity of a nocturnal seabird, the Bulwer's petrel Bulweria bulwerii, during the incubation period. Deep-sea Research Part I-oceanographic Research Papers. 113, 49-56. (see details) ISI paper
  14. Lourenco P.M., Alves J.A., Reneerkens J., Loonstra A.H.J., Potts P.M., Granadeiro J.P., Catry T. (2016) Influence of age and sex on winter site fidelity of sanderlings Calidris alba. Peerj. 4, (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2517
  15. Coelho J.P., Monteiro R.J.R., Catry T., Lourenco P.M., Catry P., Regalla A., Catry I., Figueira P., Pereira E., Vale C., Granadeiro J.P. (2016) Estimation of mercury background values in sediment and biota of the Bijagos archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 111, 1-2, 488-492. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.053
  16. Lourenco P.M., Alves J.A., Catry T., Granadeiro J.P. (2015) Foraging ecology of sanderlings Calidris alba wintering in estuarine and non-estuarine intertidal areas. Journal Of Sea Research. 104, 33-40. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.06.013
  17. Lourenco P.M., Granadeiro J.P., Guilherme J.L., Catry T. (2015) Turnover rates of stable isotopes in avian blood and toenails: Implications for dietary and migration studies. Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology. 472, 89-96. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: 10.1016/j.jembe.2015.07.006
  18. Catry I, Catry T, Patto P, Franco AMA, Moreira F (2015) Differential heat tolerance in nestlings suggests sympatric species may face different climate change risks. Climate Research. 66, 13-24. (see details) ISI paper
  19. Martins R.C., Catry T., Granadeiro J.P. (2014) Crossbow-netting: a new method for capturing shorebirds. Journal Of Field Ornithology. 85, 1, 84-90. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jofo.12052
  20. Monticelli D., Ramos J.A., Pedro P., Catry T., Paiva V.H. (2014) Reproductive parameters of tropical lesser noddies respond to local variations in oceanographic conditions and weather. Estuarine, Coastal And Shelf Science. 139, 110-118. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2013.12.026
  21. Catry T., Alves J.A., Gill J.A., Gunnarsson T.G., Granadeiro J.P. (2014) Individual specialization in a shorebird population with narrow foraging niche. Acta Oecologica. 56, 56-65. (see details) ISI paper
  22. Catry I., Catry T., Granadeiro J.P., Franco A.M.A., Moreira F. (2014) Unravelling migration routes and wintering grounds of European rollers using light-level geolocators. Journal Of Ornithology. 155, 4, 1071-1075. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-014-1097-x
  23. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Catry I., Monticelli D., Granadeiro J.P. (2013) Inter-annual variability in the breeding performance of six tropical seabird species: influence of life-history traits and relationship with oceanographic parameters. Marine Biology. 160, 1189-1201. (see details) ISI paper
  24. Martins R.C., Catry T., Santos C.D., Palmeirim J.M., Granadeiro J.P. (2013) Seasonal variations in the diet and foraging behaviour of dunlins Calidris alpina in a South European Estuary: improved feeding conditions for northward migrants. Plos One. 8, 12, e81174 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0081174
  25. Catry T., Martins R.C., Granadeiro J.P. (2012) Discriminating geographic origins of migratory waders at stopover sites: insights from stable isotope analysis of toenails. Journal Of Avian Biology. 43, 79-84. (see details) ISI paper
  26. Le Corre M., Jaeger A., Pinet P., Kappes M., Weimerskirch H., Catry T, Ramos J.A., Russell J., Shah N., Jaquemet S. (2012) Tracking seabirds to identify potential marine protected areas in the tropical Indian Ocean. Biological Conservation. 156, 83-93. (see details) ISI paper
  27. Moreira F., Silva J.P., Estanque B., Lecoq M., Palmeirim J.M., Pinto M., Leitão D., Alonso I., Pedroso R., Santos E., Catry T., Silva P., Henriques I., Delgado A. (2012) Mosaic-level inference of the impact of land cover changes in agricultural landscapes on biodiversity: a case-study with a threatened grassland bird. Plos One. 7, 6, e38876. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038876 (see details) ISI paper
  28. Catry T., Alves J.A., Gill J.A., Gunnarsson T.G., Granadeiro J.P. (2012) Sex Promotes Spatial and Dietary Segregation in a Migratory Shorebird During the Non-breeding Season. Plos One. 7, 3, e33811. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033811 (see details) ISI paper
  29. Catry I., Dias M.P., Catry T., Afanasyev V., Fox J., Franco A.M.A., Sutherland W.J. (2011) Individual variation in migratory movements and winter behaviour of Iberian Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni revealed by geolocators. Ibis. 153, 154-164. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-919X.2010.01073.x
  30. Catry T., Alves J.A., Andrade J., Costa H., Dias M.P., Fernandes P., Leal A., Lourenço P.M., Martins R.C., Moniz F., Pardal S., Rocha A., Santos C.D., Encarnação V., Granadeiro J.P. (2011) Long-term declines of wader populations at the Tagus estuary, Portugal: a response to global or local factors?. Bird Conservation International. 21, 438-453. (see details) ISI paper
  31. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Le Corre M., Phillips R.A. (2009) Movements, at-sea distribution and behaviour of a tropical pelagic seabird: the wedge-tailed shearwater in the western Indian Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 391, 231-242. (see details) ISI paper
  32. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Monticelli D., Bowler J., Jupiter T., Le Corre M. (2009) Demography and conservation of the White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus on Aride Island, western Indian Ocean. Journal Of Ornithology . 150, 661-669. (see details) ISI paper
  33. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Sampson E., Le Corre M. (2009) Does interference competition explain why White Terns of Aride Island, Seychelles, breed predominantly when marine productivity is lower?. Ibis. 151, 265-273. (see details) ISI paper
  34. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Jaquemet S., Faulquier L., Berlincourt M., Hauselmann A., Pinet P., Le Corre M. (2009) Comparative foraging ecology of a tropical seabird community of the Seychelles, western Indian Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 374, 259-272. (see details) ISI paper
  35. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Le Corre M., Kojadinovic J., Bustamante P. (2008) The role of stable isotopes and mercury concentrations to describe seabird foraging ecology in tropical environments. Marine Biology. 155, 637-647. (see details) ISI paper
  36. Jaquemet S., Potier M., Cherel Y., Kojadinovic J., Bustamante P., Richard P., Catry T., Ramos J.A., Le Corre M. (2008) Comparative foraging ecology and ecological niche of a superabundant tropical seabird: the sooty tern Sterna fuscata in the southwest Indian Ocean. Marine Biology. 155, 505-520. (see details) ISI paper
  37. Silva JP, Faria N, Catry T. (2007) Summer habitat selection and abundance of the threatened little bustard in Iberian agricultural landscapes. Biological Conservation. 139, 186-194. (see details) ISI paper
  38. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Martins J., Peste F., Trigo S., Paiva V.H., Almeida A., Luís A., Palma J., Andrade P. (2006) Intercolony and annual differences in the diet and feeding ecology of Little Tern adults and chicks in Portugal. The Condor. 108, 366-376. (see details) ISI paper
  39. Catry T., Granadeiro J.P. (2006) Failure of methiocarb to produce conditioned taste aversion in Carrion Crows predating Little Tern eggs. Waterbirds. 29, 211-214. (see details) ISI paper
  40. Paiva V.H., Ramos J.A., Catry T., Pedro P., Medeiros R., Palma J. (2006) Influence of environmental factors and nutritive value of food in Little Tern Sterna albifrons chick growth and food delivery. Bird Study. 53, 1-11. (see details) ISI paper
  41. Catry T., Ramos J.A., Catry I., Allen-Revez M., Grade N. (2004) Are salinas a suitable alternative breeding habitat for Little Terns?. Ibis. 146, 247-257. (see details) ISI paper
  42. Catry P., Catry I., Catry T., Martins T. (2003) Within and between-year winter-site fidelity of Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita. Ardea. 91, 213-220. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Catry I, Encarnação V, Pacheco C, Catry T, Tenreiro P, Silva LP, Leão F, Bally F, Roda S, Lopes S, Capela C, Alonso H, Saldanha S, Urbano O, Saraiva J, Encarnação P, Sequeira N, Mendes M, Monteiro P, Elias G, Moreira F (2016/2017) Recent changes on migratory behaviour of the White stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Portugal: towards the end of migration?. Airo. 24, 28-35. (see details)
    Link: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/fab68b_2f53bedfd52441b0bb68565533895025.pdf
  2. Catry P, Campos A, Catry T, Assis C, Pereira S, Granadeiro JP (2016/2017) Diet of great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) in the Sado estuary, Portugal, and possible impacts on local fisheries and aquaculture. Airo. 24, 36-46. (see details)
    Link: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/8fea7e_21e2434a6be746d3b5c6bdf386488b4b.pdf
  3. Catry P, Dias M, Catry T, Pedro P, Tenreiro P, Menezes D (2014-2015) Bulwer’s petrels breeding numbers at Desertas Islands (Madeira): improved estimates indicate the NE Atlantic population to be much larger than previously thought. Airo. 23, 10-14. (see details)
  4. Catry T., Catry I., Encarnação V. (2012) Seasonal abundance and population trends of waterbirds at Caldeira de Tróia, Sado estuary. Airo. 22, 70-78. (see details)
  5. Alves JA, Lourenço PM, Dias MP, Antunes L, Catry T, Costa H, Fernandes P, Ginja B, Jara J, Martins R, Moniz F, Pardal S, Pereira T, Rainho MJ, Rocha A, Rodrigues JC, Rolo M (2012) Monitoring waterbird populations on the Tejo, Sado, and Guadiana estuaries, Portugal: 2011 report. Anuário Ornitológico. 9, 66-87. (see details)
    Link: http://www.spea.pt/fotos/editor2/ao_09_3.pdf
  6. Catry I., Silva J.P., Cardoso A., Martins A., Delgado A., Sanches A.R., Santos A., Estanque B., Cruz C.M., Pacheco C., Leitão D., Pereira E., Matilde E., Moital F., Romba F., Sequeira N., Monteiro P., Rocha P., Correia R., Alcazar R., Cangarato R., Heleno R., Catry T., Silva T., Ferro T. (2011) Distribution and population trends of the European Roller in pseudo-steppe areas of Portugal: results from a census in sixteen SPAs and IBAs. Airo. 21, 3-14. (see details)
  7. Alves, J.A., Dias, M., Rocha, A., Barreto, B., Catry, T., Costa, H., Fernandes, P., Ginja, B., Glen, K., Jara, J., Martins, R., Moniz, F., Pardal, S., Pereira, T., Rodrigues, J. & Rolo Miguel. (2011) Monitoring waterbird populations on the Tagus, Sado and Guadiana Estuaries: 2010 report. Anuário Ornitólogico. 8, 118-133. (see details)
    Link: www.spea.pt/fotos/editor2/anuario_ornitologico8_5.pdf
  8. Catry T., Catry I. (2010) The role of artificial nest provisioning in the re-establishment of a breeding Pallid Swift Apus pallidus colony. Airo. 20, 42-44. (see details)
  9. Alves, J.A., Dias, M., Catry, T., Costa, H., Fernandes, P., Martins, R., Moniz, F., & Rocha, A. (2010) Monitoring waterbird populations on the Tagus and Guadiana Estuaries: 2009 report. Anuário Ornitólogico. 7, 109-119. (see details)
    Link: www.spea.pt/fotos/editor2/spea_anuario_ornitologico_7_monitorizacao_das_...
  10. Catry T., Catry I., Lecoq M. (2004) Distribuição, abundância e medidas de conservação para a população reprodutora de Alfaiate Recurvirostra avosetta em Portugal. Airo. 14, 3-10. (see details)
  11. Catry I., Catry T. (2003) Aumento da população de Cegonha-branca nidificante na costa rochosa do litoral sudoeste de Portugal. Airo. 13, 52-55. (see details)
  12. Allen-Revez M., Catry T., Catry I. (2002) An experimental approach to egg predation in a Little Tern Sterna albifrons colony. Airo. 12, 101-103. (see details)
  13. Catry T., Catry I., Allen-Revez M. (2002) Monitorização da colónia de Garça-vermelha (Ardea purpurea) na Lagoa da Sancha entre 1997 e 2000. Airo. 12, 79-83. (see details)
  1. Alves Mj, Bastos-Silveira C, Cartaxana A, Carvalho D, Catry T, Correia AM, Granadeiro JP, Lopes LF, Marques PAM, Mesquita N, Rebelo R (2014) As colecções zoológicas do Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. In: Alves MJ, Cartaxana C, Correia AM, Lopes LF. (EDS.), Professor Carlos Almaça (1934-2010) - Estado da Arte em Áreas Científicas do Seu Interesse. Lisboa. MUNHAC, Universidade de Lisboa. 289-301. (see details)
  2. Catry T. (2008) Sterna albifrons - Chilreta. In: Atlas das Aves Nidificantes em Portugal (1999-2005). Lisboa. Assírio e Alvim. (see details)
  3. Catry T. (2008) Recurvirostra avosetta - Alfaiate. In: Atlas das Aves Nidificantes em Portugal (1999-2005). Lisboa. Assírio e Alvim. (see details)
  1. João Miguel Carreiras de Serra e Moura (2016) Impacto da iluminação natural e artificial na disponibilidade de macro-invertebrados bentónicos para as aves limícolas. MSc Thesis. (see details)
  2. Costa J.S. (2014) Caracterização das cadeias tróficas de zonas húmidas costeiras na rota migratória de aves limícolas: uma análise isotópica. (see details)
  3. Catry T. (2009) Foraging ecology of tropical seabirds in the Seychelles, Indian Ocean, in relation to the marine environment. PhD Thesis. (see details)
  1. Lourenço, P.M., Alves, J.A., Catry, T., Granadeiro, J.P. (2014) Comportamento alimentar, dieta e intake energético de pilritos-d'areia Calidris alba a invernar em praias estuarinas e não estuarinas. (see details)
  2. Catry, T., Lourenço, P.M., Lopes, R.J., Piersma, T., Alves, J.A., Carneiro, C., Martins, R.C., Bearhop, S., Granadeiro, J.P. (2014) Invisible links: unveiling origins of migratory waders using biogeochemical markers. (see details)
  3. Costa, J., Lourenço, P.M., Lopes, R.J., Piersma, T., Carneiro, C., Granadeiro, J.P., Catry, T. (2014) (2014) Caracterização das cadeias tróficas de zonas húmidas costeiras na rota migratória de aves limícolas: resultados de uma análise isotópica. (see details)
  4. Lourenço, P.M., Catry, T., Carneiro, C., Granadeiro, J.P. (2014) (2014) Diet of four wader species in the Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania, based on faecal and stable isotope analyses. (see details)
  5. Pinto M, Dias MP, Catry T, Granadeiro JP, Catry P (2014) (2014) Influência do ciclo lunar na alimentação das crias de uma ave marinha pelágica a alma-negra (Bulweria bulwerii). (see details)
  6. Catry T, Granadeiro JP, Pereira S, Campos AR, Catry P (2014) Distribuição e impacto do corvo-marinho-de-faces-brancas (Phalacrocorax carbo) sobre as comunidades ictiológicas do estuário do Sado. (see details)
  7. Martins RC, Catry T, Santos CD, Palmeirim JM, Granadeiro JP (2014) (2014) Variação sazonal na dieta e comportamento alimentar do pilrito-de-peito-preto (Calidris alpina) no estuário do Tejo: maior disponibilidade de presas para migradores de passagem pré-nupcial. (see details)
  8. Gonçalves C.S., Catry T., Granadeiro J.P., Lourenço P.M. Microplásticos no estuário do Tejo: factores que regulam a sua distribuição nas zonas intertidais e evidências da sua ingestão por aves limícolas e pelas suas presas. (see details)