Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD, Ciência 2007

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation (main) Evolutionary Genetics

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Carlos Alberto Fernandes

Main Research Interests

Landscape Genetics; Conservation Genetics; Phylogeography; Population Genetics; Biogeography; Molecular Systematics. Mammals, especially carnivores.


Academic Qualifications

- 2004 - PhD in Biology (Molecular Systematics and Phylogeography) - Cardiff University

- 1998 - First Degree in Biology - Lisbon University

Recent Publications

Mullins J., Ascensão F., Simões L., Andrade L., Santos-Reis M. & Fernandes C. 2014. Evaluating connectivity between Natura 2000 sites within the montado agroforestry system: a case study using landscape genetics of the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus). Landscape Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10980-014-0130-z

Rodrigues D. C., Simões L., Mullins J., Lampa S., Mendes R. C., Fernandes C., Rebelo R. & Santos-Reis M. 2014. Tracking the expansion of the American mink (Neovison vison) range in NW Portugal. Biological Invasions DOI: 10.1007/s10530-014-0706-1

Costa M., Fernandes C., Birk, J.D.S., Kitchener A.C., Santos-Reis M. & Bruford W. 2013. The genetic legacy of the 19th-century decline of the British polecat: evidence for extensive introgression from feral ferrets. Molecular Ecology 22(20):5130-5147.

Costa M., Fernandes C., Rodrigues M., Santos-Reis M. & Bruford M.W. 2012. A panel of microsatellite markers for genetic studies of European polecats (Mustela putorius) and ferrets (Mustela furo). European Journal of Wildlife Research 58:629-633.

Rodrigues M., Santos Reis M., Elmeros M. & Fernandes C. 2012. First set of microsatellite markers for genetic studies in the weasel (Mustela nivalis). European Journal of Wildlife Research 58:507-510.

Charruau P., Fernandes C., Orozco-terWengel P., Peters J., Hunter L., Ziaie H., Jourabchian A., Jowkar H., Schaller G.,  Ostrowski S., Vercammen P., Grange T., Schlotterer C., Kotze A., Geigl E.M., Walzer C.  & Burger P. 2011. Phylogeography, genetic structure and population divergence time of cheetahs in Africa and Asia: evidence for long-term geographic isolates. Molecular Ecology 20:706-724.

Detry C., Bicho N., Fernandes H. & Fernandes C. 2011. The Emirate of Córdoba (756-929 AD) and the introduction of the Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) in Iberia: the remains from Muge, Portugal. Journal of Archaeological Science 38(12):3518-3523.

Fernandes C.A. 2011. Colonization time of Arabia by the white-tailed mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda) as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Zoology in the Middle East 3:111–124.

Rosalino L.M., Santos M.J., Fernandes C.A. & Santos Reis M. 2011. Biogeographical region and host trophic level determine carnivore endoparasite richness in the Iberian Peninsula. Parasitology 138:1-8.

Basto M.P., Rodrigues M., Santos-Reis M., Bruford M.W. & Fernandes C.A. 2010. Isolation and characterization of 13 tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the stone marten (Martes foina). Conservation Genetics Resources 2:317-319.

Fernandes C.A., Rodrigues M., Hajji G., Vercammen P., Bruford M.W. & Santos-Reis M. 2009. Isolation and characterisation of 11 tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the common genet (Genetta genetta). Conservation Genetics 10:1931–1934.

Rodrigues M., Fernandes C.A., Palomares F., Amorim I.R., Bruford M.W. & Santos-Reis M. 2009. Isolation and characterization of 11 tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon). Molecular Ecology Resources 9:1205-1208.

Fernandes C.A., Ginja C., Pereira I., Tenreiro R., Bruford M.W. & Santos-Reis M. 2008. Species-specific mitochondrial DNA markers for identification of non-invasive samples from sympatric carnivores in the Iberian Peninsula. Conservation Genetics 9:681-690.


Ongoing Projects

  • Effects of habitat fragmentation on the population structure and connectivity of forest-dwelling species: a comparative landscape genetics approach (PTDC/BIA-BEC/101511/2008).
  • DILEMA - Alien species and conservation dilemmas: the effects of native competitors and alien prey species on the spread of the American mink in Portugal (PTDC/BIA-BEC/102433/2008).
  • Guinea-Bissau endangered chimpanzee conservation genetics: biological anthropology contribution to biodiversity conservation (PTDC/CS-ANT/099184/2008).

    Other Information

    Member of the Small Carnivore Specialist Group at the IUCN–World Conservation Union.

    Review for TMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Conservation Genetics; Journal of Zoology; Oryx; Molecular Ecology Resources.