Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology

Diogo Nuno Silva

Main Research Interests

Currently, my scientific interests reside in the broad area of evolutionary biology, particularly of pathogenic fungi. My research has involved the application of diverse molecular markers coupled with analytical statistical methods of phylogenetics, phylogeography and molecular adaptation, to understand the processes of evolution, speciation and dissemination of different fungal species. In an attempt to obtain richer and more informative results, I have been using tools from bioinformatics and geographical modeling. At the same time, I have been developing some research on the evolution of the genetic mechanism underlying sexual reproduction in fungi. I also intend to focus my research on the analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data to address those goals.


Academic Qualifications

- 2005-2008: Degree in Environmental Biology at the University of Lisbon, Science College.
- 2008-2010: Master’s degree in Human and Environmental Biology at the University of Lisbon, Science College

Recent Publications

Rodrigues A.S.B., Silva S.E., Marabuto E., Silva D.N., Wilson M.R., Thompson V., Yurtsever S., Halkka A., Borges P.A.V, Quartau J.A., Paulo O.S. & Seabra S.G. 2014. New mitochondrial and nuclear evidences support recent demographic expansion and an atypical phylogeographic pattern in the spittlebug Philaenus spumarius (Hemiptera, Aphrophoridae). PLoS One 9(6):e98375.

Silva D.N., Talhinhas P., Cai L., Luzolo M., Guichuru E.K., Loureiro A., Várzea V., Paulo O.S. & Batista D. 2012. Host-jump drives rapid and contemporary ecological speciation of the emergent fungal pathogen Colletotrichum kahawae. Molecular Ecology 21(11):2655-2670.

Silva D.N., Talhinhas P., Várzea V., Cai L., Paulo O.S. & Batista D. 2012. Application of the Apn2/MAT locus to improve the systematics of the Colletotrichum gloeosporioides complex: An example from coffee (Coffea spp.) hosts. Mycologia 104(2):396-409.

Batista D., Guerra-Guimarães L., Talhinhas P., Loureiro A., Silva D., Gonzalez L., Pereira A.P., Vieira A., Azinheira H.G., Struck C., Silva M.C., Paulo O.S. & Várzea V. 2011. Analysis of population genetic diversity and differentiation in Hemileia vastatrix by molecular markers. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science (ASIC), Bali, Indonesia.

Silva D.N., Talhinhas P., Várzea V., Loureiro A., Silva M.C., Paulo O.S. & Batista D. 2011. Population structure of Colletotrichum kahawae, the causal agent of coffe berry disease (CBD): insights from a multi-locus approach. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science (ASIC) Bali, Indonesia.

Ongoing Projects

- 2012-2015, Population genomics of virulence adaptation in coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix), (PTDC/AGR-GPL/119943/2010, FCT).


Other Information

  • Referee for PloS One
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and American Association for the Advancement of Science