Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD student

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

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Mafalda Basto

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are Landscape Genetics, Conservation Genetics, Population Genetics, Landscape Ecology and Ecological Corridors. I am mainly focused in Mammals, especially Carnivores.


Academic Qualifications

- Ongoing: PhD student in Conservation Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, and School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK).

- 2005: MSc degree in Conservation Biology (University of Évora)
- 1999: 5-year college graduation in Biology (University of Lisbon)


Recent Publications

Rosalino L.M., Basto M., Sales-Luís T., Pedroso N.M., Tavares L., Vilela C.L. & Oliveira M. (in press). Bacterial diversity in faecal microbiota of badgers (Meles meles Linnaeus, 1758) in Portugal. In: Animal Diversity, Natural History and Conservation (V. K. Gupta and A. K. Verma). Daya Publishing House, New Delhi.

Duarte M.D., Henriques A.M., Barros S.C., Fagulha T., Mendonça P., Carvalho P., Monteiro M., Fevereiro M., Basto M.P., Rosalino L.M., Barros T., Bandeira V., Fonseca C. & Cunha M.V. 2013. Snapshot of viral infections in wild carnivores reveals ubiquity of Parvovirus and susceptibility of Egyptian mongoose to Feline Panleukopenia Virus. Plos One 8:e59399.

Basto M., Pedroso N.M., Mira A. & Santo-Reis M. 2011. Use of small and medium-sized water reservoirs by otters in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Animal Biology 61(1):75-94.

Rosalino L.M., Sousa M.,Pedroso N.M., Basto M., Rosário J., Santos M.J. & Loureiro, F. 2010. The influence of food resources on red fox local distribution in a mountain area of the western mediterranean. Vie et milieu 60(1):39-45. 

Basto M.P., Rodrigues M., Santos-Reis M., Bruford M.W. & Fernandes C.F. 2010. Isolation and characterization of 13 tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the Stone marten (Martes foina). Conservation Genetics Resources 2(1):317-319. 

Loureiro F., Sousa M., Basto M., Pedroso N., Rosário J., Sales-Luís T., Chambel I. & Rosalino L.M. 2007. Distribuição, situação regional e medidas de conservação dos vertebrados terrestres não voadores da Paisagem Protegida da Serra de Montejunto. Galemys 19(nº especial):139-157.

Pais M.C., Basto M.P., Cangarato R., Coelho S.E., Ferreira J.P., Janeiro C, Marques J.T., Pedroso N.M., Alcazar R., Cardoso P.E., Lourenço R.F., Pereira S.C., Melo I., Sérgio C.  & Pinto M.J.  2003. Ecological Corridors between Serra Morena and Serras Algarvias: the importance of Beliche – Pomarão / Corredores Ecológicos Serra Morena – Serras Algarvias: a importância do troço Beliche – Pomarão. CEAI / RNSCMVRSA / CCR Algarve. Évora. Published Report.

Lourenço R.F., Basto M.P., Cangarato R., Álvaro M.C., Oliveira V., Coelho S. & Pais M.C.P. 2002. The Owl (Order Strigiformes) Assemblage in the North-eastern Algarve. Airo 12:25-33.

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).


Other Information

- 2007 - 1st Prize Winner - Student competition awards (Poster category). Organising committee of the 25th Mustelid Colloquium.