Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


Assistant Professor

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

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Francisco Petrucci-Fonseca

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are wolf ecology and conservation. Research goals are to contribute to Iberian wolf conservation. Being so, the relation between scientific research and environmental education is deeply aimed. Animal ecology, mainly predator prey relationship (wolf/domestic and wild prey); road impact on habitat fragmentation and wolf mortality; wolf population demography and dynamics; molecular genetics as a non-invasive method in mammal ecology studies; GIS analyzes concerning habitat suitability (wolf/deer); practical conservation measures concerning flock protection against predators through the recovery of old protection techniques and research in new ones; the study of the relation between man and wolf; and the development of environmental education programs, are subjects of particular interest.


Academic Qualifications

- PhD in Ecology and Systematics (University of Lisbon)

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


Recent Publications

Moco G., Serrano E., Guerreiro M., Ferreira A.F., Petrucci-Fonseca F., Santana D., Maia M.J., Soriguer R.C., Perez J.M. 2014. Does Livestock influence the diet of Iberian ibex Capra pyrenaica in the Peneda-Gera National Park (Portugal)? Mammalia 78(3):393-399.

Gonçalves A., Igrejas G., Radhouani H., Correia S., Pacheco R., Santos T., Monteiro R., Guerra A., Petrucci-Fonseca F., Brito F., Torres C. & Poeta P. 2013. Antimicrobial resistance in faecal enterococci and Escherichia coli isolates recovered from Iberian wolf. Letters in Applied Microbiology 56(4):268-274.

Gonçalves A., Igrejas G., Radhouani H., Estepa V., Pacheco R., Monteiro R., Brito F., Guerra A., Petrucci-Fonseca F., Torres C. & Poeta P. 2012. Iberian wolf as a reservoir of Extended-Spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli of the TEM, SHV and CTX-M groups. Microbial Drug Resistance 18(2):215-219.

Eggermanna J., Ferrão da Costa G., Guerra A.M., Kirchner W.H. & Petrucci-Fonseca F. 2011. Presence of Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) in relation to land cover, livestock and human influence in Portugal. Mammalian Biology 76(2):217–221.

Gonçalves A., Igrejas G., Radhouani H., López L., Guerra A., Petrucci-Fonseca F., Alcaide E., Zorrilla I., Serra R., Torres C. & Poeta P. 2011. Detection of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from faecal samples of Iberian wolf and Iberian lynx, including Enterococcus faecium strains of CC17 and the new singleton ST573. Science of the Total Environment 410:266-268.

Pires A.E., Amorim I.R., Ginja C., Godinho, I., Gomes M., Simões F., Oom M.M., Petrucci-Fonseca F., Matos J. & Bruford M.W. 2009. Molecular structure in peripheral dog breeds: Portuguese native breeds as a case study. Animal Genetics 40(3):323-332.

Moço G., Guerreiro M., Ferreira A.F., Rebelo A., Loureiro A., Petrucci-Fonseca F. & Pérez J.M. 2006. The ibex Capra pyrenaica returns to its former Portuguese range. Oryx 40(3):351-354.

Pires A.E., Ouragh L., Kalboussi M., Matos J., Petrucci-Fonseca F. & Bruford M.W. 2006. Mitochondrial DNA sequence variation in Portuguese native dog breeds: diversity and phylogenetic affinities. Journal of Heredity 97(4):318-330.

Santos P., Fernández-Llario P., Fonseca C., Monzón A., Bento P. Soares A.M.V.M., Mateos-Quesada P. & Petrucci-Fonseca F. 2006. Habitat and reproductive phenology of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the western Iberian Península. European Journal of Wildlife Research 52(3):207-212.

Ongoing Projects

  • MED-WOLF - Best Practice Actions for Wolf Conservation in Mediterranean-type areas (LIFE+11).

  • Wildlife corridors: Spatial modelling of human pressure and its usefulness for Iberian wolf conservation (PTDC/AAC-AMB/111457/2009).

  • História da domesticação animal na Península Ibérica: Evidências zooarqueológicas e moleculares (PTDC/HIS-ARQ/100225/2008).


Other Information

- President of the Board of the Grupo Lobo (NGO – Wolf Group).
- Associate member of the Portuguese Society of Ecology.
- Associate member of the Portuguese Society of Mammalogy.