Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD, academics

CBA research group(s):

Computational Biology and Population Genomics

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Paula Cristina Simões

Main Research Interests

Biosystematics and evolution of species of cicadas (Insecta: Hemiptera). Studies at different levels, namely behavioural and morphometric, on the divergence among populations of closely related species in the Mediterranean area.


Academic Qualifications

- 2008 -  PhD in Biology (Evolutionary Biology)/ Lisbon University, untitled “Trends of variation in south european cicadidae (Insecta, Hemiptera): an acoustic and morphometric approach with emphasis on genus Cicada L.”

- 2000 - Pedagogic and scientific valuation, on the research area of Acoustic signals in Auchenorrhycha (Insecta, Hemiptera): species and speciation

- 1993 - Degree in Biology - Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon


Recent Publications

Mendes R., Nunes V.L.,Quartau J.A. & Simões P.C. 2014. Patterns of acoustic and morphometric variation in species of genus Tettigettalna (Hemiptera: Cicadidae): Sympatric populations show unexpected differences. European Journal of Entomology 111(3):429-441

Nunes V.L., Mendes R., Marabuto E., Novais B.M., Hertach T., Quartau J.A., Seabra S.G., Paulo O.S. & Simões P.C. 2014. Conflicting patterns of DNA barcoding and taxonomy in the cicada genus Tettigettalna from southern Europe (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Molecular Ecology Resources 14(1):27-38.

Simões P.C., Sanborn A. & Quartau J.A. 2013. Two new species of Cicadatra (Hemiptera: Cicadoidea) from Greece. Entomological Science 16(1):83-90.

Simões P.C. & Quartau J.A. 2013. Distribution of cicadas from genus Lyristes (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) in the eastern Mediterranean area. Biologia 68/5:961-965.

Sanborn A.F., Simões P.C., Phillips P.K. &. Quartau J.A. 2011. Thermoregulation and the influence of body temperature on calling song parameters in Cicada orni (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). European Journal of Entomology 108:365-369.

Simões P.C. & Quartau J. A. 2009. Patterns of morphometric variation among species of genus Cicada (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) in the Meditteranean area. European Journal of Entomology 106:393-403.

Simões P.C. & Quartau J.A. 2008. Distribution patterns and calling song variation in species of genus Cicada Linnaeus, 1758 (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) in the Aegean Sea area. Italian Journal of Zoology 75(2):135-146.

Simões P.C. & Quartau J.A. 2007. On the dispersal of males of Cicada orni in Portugal (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Entomologia Generalis 30(3):245-252.

Simões P.C. & Quartau J.A. 2006. Selective responsiveness in males of Cicada orni to conspecific and allospecific calling songs (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Entomologia Generalis 29(1):47-60.

Simões P.C., Boulard M. & Quartau J.A. 2006. On the taxonomic status of Cicada orni Linnaeus (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) from Lesbos island in Greece. Zootaxa 1105:17-25.

Pinto-Juma G., Simões P.C., Seabra S.G. & Quartau J.A. 2005. Calling song structure and geographical variation in Cicada orni Linnaeus (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Zoological Studies 44(1):81-94.

Quartau J.A. & Simões P.C. 2005. Cicada cretensis n.sp. (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) from southern Greece. Biologia 60(5):489-494.


Ongoing Projects

  • “CicadaCon - Testing congruence among patterns of variation in morphology, acoustics and genetic distance in the divergence of selected species of Mediterranean Cicadas (Insecta,Hemiptera)” (PTDC/BIA-BIC/115511/2009, Principal Investigator).


    Other Information

    Member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed, open access journal titled ISRN Entomology (Hindawi Publishing Corporation).
    Reviewer for the journals Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Journal of Natural History, ZooKeys.

    Member of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Entomologia (SPEN).