Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD Student

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Ricardo Rocha

Main Research Interests

My main area of interest regards the anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss, mainly in tropical forest ecosystems. My current research is related to the evaluation of how habitat fragmentation impacts upon tropical forest communities and to the assessment of species persistence in humanized landscapes. My PhD thesis is dedicated to the effects tropical forest fragmentation on the spatial-temporal dynamics of phyllostomid bat communities and my fieldwork is carried out at the Biological Dynamics of Forests Fragments Project, Central Amazon, Brazil. Funding is provided by the Portuguese Fundation for Science and Tecnology (grant SFRH/BD/80488/2011).


Academic Qualifications

- 2007/08 - MSc in Conservation Science, Imperial College London
- 2004/07 - BSc in Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon

Recent Publications

Rocha R. & Lopez-Baucells A. 2014. Opportunistic predation by Crested Owl Lophostrix cristata upon Seba's Short-tailed Bat Carollia perspicillata. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 22(1):35-37.

López-Baucells A., Rocha R., Fernández-Arellano G., Bobrowiec P.E.D., Palmeirim J.M. & Meyer C.F.J. 2014. Echolocation of the big red bat Lasiurus egregius (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and first record from the Central Brazilian Amazon. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 49(1):18-25.

Rocha R., Carrilho T. & Rebelo R. 2013. Iris photo-identification: A new methodology for the individual recognition of Tarentola geckos. Amphibia-Reptilia 34(4):590-596.

Rocha R., Borda E., Andreone F. & Rosa G.M. 2012. First reports of leech parasitism in Malagasy anurans. Comparative Parasitology 79(2):352-356.

Rocha R.& Rebelo R. 2010 First record of a piebald Selvagens Gecko Tarentola boettgeri bischoffi (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Herpetology Notes 3:361-362.

Rocha R., Paixão M. & Gouveia R. 2010. Predation note: Anthus berthelotii madeirensis (Passeriformes: Motacillidae) catches Teira dugesii mauli (Squamata: Lacertidae) in Deserta Grande, Madeira Archipelago. Herpetology Notes 3:077-078.

Ongoing Projects

  • Temporal dynamics of the impacts of forest fragmentation on Neotropical bat assemblages - PTDC/BIA-BIC/111184/2009


    Other Information

    - 20010/12 - Member of the editorial board of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds’ magazine: Pardela.
    Membership: 2012 – Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation; 2009 – LPN - Portuguese League for the Protection of Nature; 2006 - SPH - Portuguese Herpetology Society; 2005 - ALDEIA – A non-governmental organization whose purpose is to contribute to the sustainable development based on nature conservation and the culture and traditions of the rural world; 2002 - SPEA - Portuguese Society for the Protection of Birds