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José Pedro Granadeiro

José Pedro Granadeiro

Assistant Professor

Research interests

Ecology, functioning and conservation of estuarine and marine ecosystems;
Birds as indicators of environmental change;
Foraging ecology and diet of birds;
Population ecology of estuarine and marine birds;
Animal migration and habitat connectivity, with relevance to population structure;
Spatial ecology and ecological modeling of the distribution of animals and interactions with human activities.
Movement Ecology

Academic degrees

2008. PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Ecology, University of Glasgow, Scotland UK
1998. First Degree in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Scientific activities

Januray 2019 to Present: Leader of the Research Group Adaptation Biology & Ecological Processes
November 2015 to present: Auxiliary Lecturer, Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon
Setember 2013 to October 2015: Invited lecturer at Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon
February 2013-August 2013 - Auxiliary Researcher, University of Aveiro
Dezembro 2013 - Present - Member of Strategic Council of Tagus Nature Reserve



Integrating nesting habitat restoration with at-sea individual-based biomonitoring of the Endangered seabird Pterodroma cahow endemic to Bermuda See more

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

OCEANTREE - Mechanisms of reproductive allochrony in endemic Portuguese seabirds: implications for population divergence and response to climate change 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

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

SEAMIGRANT - Causes and consequences of individual variability in the migratory strategies of a pelagic seabird, with relevance for marine monitoring in a context of global changes 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

ALBATROZ - Learning from the flight of the albatross: causes and consequences of individual foraging strategies, with links to demography, oceanography and fisheries See more

ARENARIA: Monitoring the distribution and abundance of birds at the Portuguese Coast (citizen science project) See more

CALONECTRIS - Atlantic ocean-wide changes in sea surface temperature and trends on Cory’s shearwater foraging success, migration and population dynamics See more

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

Recovering the past, recording the present, and preparing the future of zoological collections in Portugal. See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Mohamed Henriques (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Francesco Ventura (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Marie Claire Gatt (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Joana Chalbert Manso Romero (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Paula Alves Cordeiro (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Jorge Sánchez Gutiérrez (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Mendes (not a CESAM member)

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

Master (Main Supervisor): David Rodrigues (not a CESAM member)

Bolsa de Gestão de Ciência e Tecnologia (Main Supervisor): Pedro Andrade (not a CESAM member)

Estágio de Licenciatura (Main Supervisor): Filipe Moniz (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Edna Correia (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ricardo Jorge Martins (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Leal (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Teresa Catry (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Carlos David Santos (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Pedro Miguel Gomes Lourenço (ex-CESAM member)

Publications prior to 1988

Papers before 1988. Click the link for listing.

Previous supervision experience

Phd students

(co-supervision with Dr. Jorge M. Palmeirim):
* Santos, C.D. (Outubro 2004 - successfully concluded in 2009). The use of intertidal areas by foraging waders: constraints on the exploitation of food resources. (Grant from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
* Dias, M.P. (Outubro 2004 - successfully concluded in 2009). Factors affecting the use of time and space of estuaries by birds: implications for conservation. (Grant from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
* Susana L. Rosa (Maio de 2002 - successfully concluded in 2008) - Factors affecting the availability of benthonic invertebrates as prey of of estuarine birds: implications for modelling their distribution in intertidal areas. (Grant from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)

Master students
* Ricardo Correia (2008- successfully concluded in 2009). The effects of management practices in Montado Birds . Universidade de Lisboa, (co-supervision with Dr. Jorge M. Palmeirim)
* Sara Teixeira Saraiva (2007-successfully concluded in 2008). The influence of prey abundance in the feeding behaviour of Dunlin (Calidris alpina). Univiversidade de Lisboa, (co-supervision with Dr. Jorge M. Palmeirim)
* Freek Mandema (2007-successfully concluded in 2008). Temporal variation in the foraging patterns of Black-tailed godwit during migratory stop-over in Portuguese rice fields. Is there evidence of resource depletion? Mestrado Universidade de Gröningen. (co-supevision with P. Lourenço & N. Tinbergen).
* Ana Catarina Miranda (2006-succesfully concluded in 2007). Modelling the low-tide distribution of shorebirds in the Tagus estuary. Master in Mathematics Applied to Biological Sciences. Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, (co-supervision with Dr. Jorge M. Palmeirim, and Prof. Cadima)
* Nuno Miguel P.T. Lecoq (2004-ongoing). Seabird conservation in the Berlengas archipelago. Universidade de Évora;
* Filpa P. Peste (2004-successfully concluded in 2008). The impact of traditional shellfish harvesting in estuarine birds in the Tagus estuary. Universidade de Evora;
* Inês Cardoso (2004-successfully concluded in 2007). Spatial patterns of benthic invertebrates in the Tagus estuary: role in estuarine food web. Universidade de Lisboa (co-supervision with Dr. Henrique Cabral);

Projects (past)


* Proj. POCTI/BSE/47569/2002 (2003-2006) PredTagis: Birds as predators of invertebrates in intertidal habitats: role in estuarine environments and scale-dependent processes (FCT)


* Portuguese Polar Programme (Propolar, Medida 1) (2008-2011). Individual especialization in albatrosses: the effects of age, morphology and behvioural traits (FCT)
* PTDC/BIA-QOR/71492/2006 (2008-2011) Recovering the past, recording the present, and preparing the future of zoological collections in Portugal (FCT)
* Proj. POCTI/MAR/58778/2004 (2005-2009). Life-history strategy and constraints in relation to age, sex and body size in a long-lived seabird (FCT)


* Proj. POCTI/BIA-BDE/61122/2004 (2005-2008). The added value of non-matrix habitats fragments to the biodiversity of cork oak landscapes: conservation and management implications (FCT)
* Proj. "The Atlas of the Portuguese Breeding Birds" (1999-2008). Member of the Team Project, Member of the Editorial Team and Responsible for modelling bird abundance, for map production and for database management
* Proj. FCT-GBIF (2005-2006). Spain-Portugal mentoring proposal and action plan for the establishment of a GBIF node in Portugal (GBIF Secretariat)
* Proj. Portuguese Vertebrates Red Data Book (2003-2006). Member of the Group responsible for evaluation of all bird species.
* Proj. PDCTM/C/MAR/15256/1999 (2000-2004): SatTagis: Modelling primary producers, invertebrates and birds in the Tagus estuary, using satellite imagery and Geographical Information Systems. (FCT)
* Proj. STRIDE/C/MAR/228/9 (1993-1996): Seabirds as monitors of heavy metal pollution in the Portuguese Atlantic.(FCT)

Areas of scientific activity

My main fields of research involve the use of birds as monitors of the environmental quality. Research topics include feeding ecology of pelagic seabirds and estuarine birds, as well as on spatial modelling of bird distribution. The work on seabirds has been carried out in Portugal mainland, in the Azores and Madeira (Selvagem Grande and Desertas islands), and in the Falkland islands, in close connection with local authorities and researchers. My research on the ecology of estuarine birds is mostly carried out in the Tagus estuary. I am also interested in network for dissemination of data of Biodiversity. I am involved in the implementation of the Portuguese node of GBIF, and participated in a project for developing and implementation of such structure in Portugal.


Academic Degrees

Born in Lisbon, 1964. 1988 - Degree (Licenciatura) in Biology, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences; 1987 - Contract in the Institute of Nature Conservation. PhD in 1998, at the University off Glasgow, Scotland, UK (supervisor: Prof. Robert W. Furness; FCT grant); Post-doc grat between 2000 and 2006, at University of Lisbon (with Prof. Dr. Jorge M. Palmeirim). Between 2006 and 2013 developed research as a technician in National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon. Invited Lecturer at Aveiro University (since September 2011). Between February and August 2013, research assistant in the Departmento of Biology of the University of Aveiro. Since September 2013, Invited Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. In November 2015, Assistant lecturer  in the Department of Animal Biology.

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