Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology



CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

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João Paulo Silva

Main Research Interests

Ecology and conservation of steppe birds. Steppe bird resilience to climate change. Movement ecology. Overhead power line impacts on birds.


Academic Qualifications

- 2011 - PhD in Biology (Ecology) - Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- 2006 - M.A. in Conservation Biology - University of Évora
- 1999 - Degree in Biology – Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon

Recent Publications

Silva J.P., Estanque B., Moreira F. & Palmeirim J.M. 2014. Population density and use of grasslands by female little bustards during lek attendance, nesting and brood-rearing. Journal of Ornithology 155(1):53-63.

Silva J.P., Palmeirim J.M., Alcazar R., Correia R., Delgado A. & Moreira F. 2014. A spatially explicit approach to assess the collision risk between birds and overhead power lines: a case study with the little bustard. Biological Conservation 170:256-263.

Moreira F., Silva J.P., Estanque B., Palmeirim J.M., Lecoq M., Pinto M., Leitão D., Alonso I., Pedroso R., Santos E., Catry T., Silva P., Henriques I. & Delgado A. 2012.  Mosaic-level inference of the impact of land cover changes in agricultural landscapes on biodiversity: a case-study with a threatened grassland bird. Plos One 7(6):e38876.

Faria N. & Silva J.P. 2010. Habitat selection of the little bustard during the beginning of an agricultural year. Ardeola 57:363-373.

Silva J.P., Palmeirim J.M. & Moreira F. 2010. Higher breeding densities of the threatened little bustard Tetrax tetrax occur in larger grassland fields: Implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 143:2553-2558.

Silva J.P., Santos M., Queirós L., Leitão D., Moreira F., Pinto M., Leqoc M. & Cabral J.A. 2010. Estimating the influence of overhead transmission power lines and landscape context on the density of little bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding populations. Ecological Modelling 221:1954-1963.

Silva J.P., Faria N. & Catry T. 2007. Summer habitat selection of the threatened little bustard Tetrax tetrax in Iberian agricultural landscapes. Biological Conservation 139:186-194.

Silva J.P., Leitão D., Santos E., Moreira F., Prego I., Pinto M., Lecoq M., Catry T. & Pedroso R. 2006. Preliminary results of the Little Bustard’s census in Alentejo (Portugal). In: Leitão, D., Jolivet, C., Rodriguez, M., Tavares, J. (Eds.), Bustard conservation in Europe in the last 15 years: current trends, best practice and future priorities. RSPB/BirdLife. Bedfordshire, pp. 55-59.

Rocha P.A., Silva J.P., Cruz C.M., Cruz C., Cangarato R., Janeiro C., Moreira F., Pedro J., Delgado A. 2004. Contagens de Sisão Tetrax tetrax no Campo Branco em período não reprodutor. Airo 14:89-93.

Silva P., Costa L.T. & Silva J.P. 2004. Caracterização da avifauna estepária e suas relações com o uso do solo na Zona Importante para as Aves de Vila Fernando/Veiros. Airo 14:41-53.

Silva J.P., Pinto M. & Palmeirim J.M. 2004. Managing landscapes for the little bustard Tetrax tetrax: lessons from the study of winter habitat selection. Biological Conservation 117:521-528.

Ongoing Projects

  • Local and regional movements of the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax): development of a collision risk map with overhead power lines (EDP Foundation).


Other Information

Reviewer for Biological Conservation, Ibis and Bird Conservation International.