Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology



CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

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Ricardo Faustino de Lima

Main Research Interests

The application of scientific knowledge to halt the loss of biodiversity. My current research focuses on the effects of land use changes and agroforestry practices on the biodiversity of São Tomé island (central Africa).


Academic Qualifications

- 2012 PhD in Biological Sciences (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)

- 2005 4-year college graduation in Biology (University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

de Lima R.F., Viegas L., Solé N., Soares E., Dallimer M., Atkinson P. & Barlow J. 2014. Can management improve the value of shade plantations for the endemic species of São Tomé Island? Biotropica 46(2):238–247. 

de Lima R.F., Dallimer M., Atkinson P.W. & Barlow J. 2013. Biodiversity and land-use change: understanding the complex responses of an endemic-rich bird assemblage. Diversity and Distributions 19(4):411-422.

de Lima R.F., Olmos F., Dallimer M., Atkinson P. & Barlow J. 2013. Can REDD+ help the conservation of restricted-range island species? Insights from the endemism hotspot of São Tomé. Plos One 8(9):e74148.

Nelson S., Alberto A., Samba S., Santana A. & de Lima R.F. 2012. New hope for the critically endangered São Tomé Grosbeak Neospiza concolor, and an alert to protect Obô Natural Park surroundings. Ostrich 83(3):161-164.

de Lima R.F., Bird J.P. & Barlow J. 2011. Research effort allocation and the conservation of restricted-range island bird species. Biological Conservation 144:627-632.

Ongoing Projects

  • "Disentangling the impact of multiple forms of anthropogenic disturbance on biodiversity: the endemic-rich islands of São Tomé and Príncipe as a case study” (SFRH/BPD/91494/2012)

  • “Endemic pigeons of São Tomé: developing science-based conservation and sustainable use of African forest pigeons” (PTDC/BIA-BIC/115223/2009, team member, PI: J. Palmeirim)


Other Information

- Reviewer for Bird Conservation International, Journal of Field OrnithologyI and African Journal of Ecology.
- Awarded two Rufford Small Grant for Conservation.