Main Research Interests
My current research interests are mainly focused on quantifying the relative importance of distinct factors (e.g. climate, biotic interactions and human activity) in shaping the distribution of species, with particular emphasis for non-native species. Overall, my research is driven by three unifying questions: i) How well do species observed distributions indicate potential distributions? ii) How will species ranges respond to anthropogenic environmental change? and iii) What will be the impact of biological invasions on future biogeography? I have generally applied multivariate statistical models to address these questions, particularly those relating species observed distributions with environmental and human factors. Thus, I have also been highly interested in reducing the uncertainty of such models when applied to new areas or time periods.
- 2012: PhD in Environmental Sciences ( University of Évora)
Anastácio P.M., Ferreira M.P., Banha F., Capinha C. & Rabaça J. 2013. Waterbird-mediated passive dispersal is a viable process for crayfish (Procambarus clarkii). Aquatic Ecology 48:1-10.
Capinha C., Rödder D., Pereira H.M. & Kappes H. 2014. Response of non-native European terrestrial gastropods to novel climates correlates with biogeographical and biological traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23(8):857-866.
Moreira F.D., Ascensão F., Capinha C., Rodrigues D., Segurado P., Santos-Reis M. & Rebelo R. 2014. Modelling the risk of invasion by the red-swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii): incorporating local variables to better inform management decisions. Biological Invasions [online first DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0725-y].
Anastácio P.M., Ferreira M.P., Banha F., Capinha C. & Rabaça J. 2013. Waterbird-mediated passive dispersal is a viable process for crayfish (Procambarus clarkii). Aquatic Ecology [online first DOI:10.1007/s10452-013-9461-0].
Capinha C., Rödder D., Pereira H.M. & Kappes H. 2014. Response of non-native European terrestrial gastropods to novel climates correlates with biogeographical and biological traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography [online first DOI: 10.1111/geb.12176].
Capinha C., Rocha J. & Sousa C.A. 2014. Macroclimate determines the global range limit of Aedes aegypti. EcoHealth [online first DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0918-y].
Capinha C., Brotons L. & Anastácio P. 2013. Geographical variability in propagule pressure and climatic suitability explain the European distribution of two highly invasive crayfish. Journal of Biogeography 40:548–558.
Capinha C., Larson E., Tricarico E., Olden J.D. & Gherardi F. 2013. Effects of climate change, invasive species, and disease on the distribution of native european crayfishes. Conservation Biology 27:731-740.
Ferreira A.F., Quintella B.R., Maia C., Mateus C.S., Alexandre C.M., Capinha C. & Almeida P.R. 2013. Influence of macrohabitat preferences on the distribution of European brook and river lampreys: implications for conservation and management. Biological Conservation 159:175–186.
Capinha C., Anastácio P. & Tenedório J.A. 2012. Predicting the impact of climate change on the invasive decapods of the Iberian inland waters: an assessment of reliability. Biological Invasions 14:1737-1751.
Capinha C. & Anastácio P. 2011. Assessing the environmental requirements of invaders using ensembles of distribution models. Diversity and Distributions 17:13-24.
Capinha C., Leung B. & Anastácio P. 2011. Predicting worldwide invasiveness for four major problematic decapods: an evaluation of using different calibration sets. Ecography 34:448-459.
Capinha C., Gomes E., Reis E., Rocha J., Sousa C.A., Rosário V.E. & Almeida A.P. 2009. Present habitat suitability for Anopheles atroparvus (Diptera, Culicidae) and its coincidence with former malaria areas in Mainland Portugal. Geospatial Health 3:177-187.
Capinha C. 2008. Spatial modelling of habitat suitability for invasive species: the Carpobrotus edulis in a non-dune area. Finisterra – Portuguese Journal of Geography 43:53-68.