Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology



CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

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Ana Isabel Leal

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are in ecology and conservation, with special interest in birds. I am also concerned about management of habitats, especially regarding the conservation of oak woodlands and its natural, cultural and economic value. I am also involved in science communication and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Academic Qualifications

- 2012 PhD in Biology - Ecology (University of Lisbon)

- 5-year college graduation in Biology (University of Lisbon)


Recent Publications

Leal A.I., Correia R.A., Palmeirim J.M & Granadeiro J.P. 2013. Does canopy pruning affect foliage-gleaning birds in cork oak woodlands? Agroforestry Systems 87(2):355-363.

Catry T., Alves J.A., Andrade J., Costa H., Dias M.P., Fernandes P., Leal A., Lourenco P.M., Martins R.C., Moniz F., Pardal S., Rocha A, Santos C.D., Encarnacao 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(4):438-453.

Leal A.I., Martins R.C., Palmeirim J.M. & Granadeiro J.P. 2011. Influence of habitat fragments on bird assemblages in cork oak woodlands. Bird Study 58:309-320.

Leal A.I., Correia R.A., Granadeiro J.P. & Palmeirim J.M. 2011. Impact of cork extraction on birds: relevance for conservation of Mediterranean biodiversity. Biological Conservation 144:1655-1662.

Rosa S., Encarnação A.L., Granadeiro J.P. & Palmeirim J.M. 2006. High-tide roost selection by waders: maximizing feeding opportunities or avoiding predation? Ibis 148: 88-97.

Ongoing Projects

  • Agro-forestry management practices of montados and its impact on bats and birds (PTDC/AGR-AAM/108448/2008)


Other Information

(2006-2013): Coordinator of the project Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (CAC) of the Portuguese Society for the Conservation of Birds (SPEA) for the area of center of Portugal

(2005-2010): Member of the Editorial Board of Pardela (non-technical magazine of SPEA)

Reviewer for the journals: African Journal Agricultural Research, Boletín de la Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural