Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD student

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Mafalda Costa

Main Research Interests

Conservation genetics, Phylogeography, Natural Hybridisation and Introgression.


Academic Qualifications

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

2004 – Post-Graduation in Conservation Biology (Évora University).

2003 – Degree in Biology (Évora University).

Recent Publications

Costa M., Fernandes C., Birk, J.D.S., Kitchener A.C., Santos-Reis M. & Bruford W. 2013. The genetic legacy of the 19th-century decline of the British polecat: evidence for extensive introgression from feral ferrets. Molecular Ecology 22(20):5130-5147.

Costa M., Fernandes C., Rodrigues M., Santos-Reis M. & Bruford M.W. 2012. A panel of microsatellite markers for genetic studies of European polecats (Mustela putorius) and ferrets (Mustela furo). European Journal of Wildlife Research 58:629-633.

Costa M., Maia M.J. & Mira A. 2006. Ficha do rato de Cabrera. Naturlink. Available in:

Costa M., Maia M.J., Pita R. & Mira A. 2006. Dieta do rato de Cabrera no Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina. Naturlink. Available in:

Ongoing Projects

Phylogeography, Hybridisation and Coat Colour Variation in the European Polecat (Mustela putorius) (SFRH/BD/32488/2006).