Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


Assistant Professor

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Rui Rebelo

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are 1) Invasion Ecology - assessment of the impacts of exotic species on native herpetofauna, in one-species or multi-species systems, with the main focus in freshwater ecosystems; 2) Cork-oak woodland ecology - ecological interactions; natural regeneration of native oaks; cork-oak woodland management and its effects on amphibians and reptiles.


Academic Qualifications

- 2002 PhD in Biology - Ecology and Biosystematics ( University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Moreira F.D., Ascensão F., Capinha C., Rodrigues D., Segurado P., Santos-Reis M. & Rebelo R. 2014. Modelling the risk of invasion by the red-swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii): incorporating local variables to better inform management decisions. Biological Invasions [online first DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0725-y].

Carreira B.M., Dias M.P. & Rebelo R. 2014. How consumption and fragmentation of macrophytes by the invasive crayfish Procambarus clarkii shape the macrophyte communities of temporary ponds. Hydrobiologia 721(1):89-98.

Nunes A.L., Orizaola G., Laurila A. & Rebelo R. 2014. Morphological and life-history responses of anurans to predation by an invasive crayfish: an integrative approach. Ecology and Evolution 4(8):1491-1503.

Nunes A.L., Orizaola G., Laurila A. & Rebelo R. 2014. Rapid evolution of constitutive and inducible defenses against an invasive predator. Ecology 95(6):1520-1530.

Gonçalves V., Rebelo R. & Gherardi F. 2013. Fouling of invasive red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii (Girard, 1852) by the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) in Lake Trasimeno, Italy. Aquatic Invasions 8(1):117–120.

Martins F.M.S., Oom M.M., Rebelo R. & Rosa G.M. 2013. Differential effects of dietary protein on early life‐history and morphological traits in Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita) tadpoles reared in captivity. Zoo Biology 32(4):457–462.

Nunes A.L., Richter-Boix A., Laurila A. & Rebelo R. 2013. Do anuran larvae respond behaviourally to chemical cues from an invasive crayfish predator? A community-wide study. Oecologia 171(1):115-127.

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.

Rosalino L.M., Nóbrega F., Santos-Reis M., Teixeira G. & Rebelo R. 2013. Acorn selection by the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus: a semi-controlledeExperiment in a Mediterranean environment. Zoological Science 30(9):724-730.

Amaral P. & Rebelo R. 2012. Diet of invasive clawed frog Xenopus laevis at Lage stream (Oeiras, W Portugal). The Herpetological Journal 22:187-190.

Azevedo E., Rebelo R., Caeiro M.F. & Barata M. 2012. Use of drift substrates to characterize marine fungal communities from the west coast of Portugal. Mycologia 104(3):623-632.

Measey G.J., Rödder D., Green S.L., Kobayashi R., Lillo F., Lobos G., Rebelo R. & Thirion J.-M. 2012. Ongoing invasions of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis: a global review. Biological Invasions 14(11):2255-2270.

Patricia A. & Rebelo R. 2012. Diet of invasive clawed frog Xenopus laevis at lage stream (Oeiras, Portigal). Herpetological Journal 22:187-190.

Rebelo R., Barbosa C., Granadeiro J.P., Indjai B., Novais B., Rosa G.M. & Catry P. 2012. Can left-overs from predators be reliably used to monitor marine turtle hatchling sex ratios? The implications of prey selection by ghost crabs. Marine Biology 159(3):613-620.

Rosa G.M., Andreone F., Crottini A., Hauswaldt J.S., Noël J., Rabibisoa N.H., Randriambahiniarime M.O., Rebelo R. &  Raxworthy C.J. 2012. The amphibians of the relict Betampona low-elevation rainforest, eastern Madagascar: an application of the integrative taxonomy approach to biodiversity assessments. Biodiversity and Conservation 21:1531–1559.

Almeida E., Nunes A. Andrade P., Alves S., Guerreiro C. & Rebelo R. 2011. Antipredator responses of two anurans towards native and exotic predators. Amphibia-Reptilia 32(3):341-350.

Azevedo E., Caeiro M.F., Rebelo R. & Barata M. 2011. Biodiversity and characterization of marine mycota from Portuguese waters. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 34:205-215.

Reis D.M., Cunha R.L., Patrão C., Rebelo R. & Castilho R. 2011. Salamandra salamandra (Amphibia: Caudata: Salamandridae) in Portugal: not all black and yellow. Genetica 139:1095-1105.

Ribeiro J. & Rebelo R. 2011. Survival of Alytes cisternasii tadpoles in stream pools: a capture-recapture study using photo-identification. Amphibia-Reptilia 32(3):365-374.

Azevedo E., Rebelo R., Caeiro M.F. & Barata M. 2010. Diversity and richness of marine fungi on two Portuguese marinas. Nova Hedwigia 90(3-4):521-531.

Nunes A.L., Cruz M.J., Tejedo M., Laurila A. & Rebelo R. 2010. Nonlethal injury caused by an invasive alien predator and its consequences for an anuran tadpole. Basic and Applied Ecology 11(7):645-654.

Rebelo R., Amaral P., Bernardes M., Oliveira J., Pinheiro P & Leitão D. 2010. Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1802), a new exotic amphibian in Portugal. Biological Invasions 12(10):3383–3387.

Matias R., Rebelo R., Granadeiro J.P. & Catry P. 2009. Predation by Madeiran Wall Lizards Teira dugesii on Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea Hatchlings at Selvagem Grande, North Atlantic. Waterbirds 32:600-603.

Cruz M.J., Segurado P., Sousa M. & Rebelo R. 2008. Collapse of the amphibian community of the Paul do Boquilobo Natural Reserve (Central Portugal), after the arrival of the exotic American crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. Herpetological Journal 18:197-204.

Cruz M.J. & Rebelo R. 2007. Colonization of freshwater habitats by an introduced crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, in Southwest Iberian Peninsula. Hydrobiologia 575(1):191-201.

Cruz M.J., Rebelo R. & Crespo E.G. 2006. Effects of an introduced crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, on the distribution of south-western amphibians in their breeding habitats. Ecography 29:329-338.

Cruz M.J., Pascoal S., Tejedo M. & Rebelo R. 2006. Predation by an exotic crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, on natterjack toad, Bufo calamita, embryos: its role on the exclusion of this amphibian from its breeding ponds. Copeia 2006(2): 274-280.

Granadeiro J.P., Dias M.P., Rebelo R., Santos C.D. & Catry P. 2006. Numbers and population trends of Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea at Selvagem Grande, Northeast Atlantic. Waterbirds 29:56-60.

Cruz M.J. & Rebelo R. 2005. Vulnerability of Southwest Iberian amphibians to an introduced crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. Amphibia-Reptilia 26(3):293-304.

Ongoing Projects

  • Long-term socio-ecological research and monitoring in a Mediterranean cultural landscape (LTER Montado) (LTER/BIA-BEC/0048/2009).
  • Effects of habitat fragmentation on the population structure and connectivity of forest-dwelling species: a comparative landscape genetics approach (PTDC/BIA-BEC/101511/2008).
  • DILEMA - Alien species and conservation dilemmas: the effects of native competitors and alien prey species on the spread of the American mink in Portugal (PTDC/BIA-BEC/102433/2008).
  • Wintering and migrating shorebirds as indicators of the quality of estuarine environments" (Project PTDC/MAR/66319/2006).


Other Information

Member of the Board (General-Secretary) of the Portuguese Society of Herpetology.

Member of the Field Station Management Committee of CBA.

Representative in Portugal of DAPTF – “Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force”, a specialist group of IUCN “Species Survival Comission”.

Referee of papers submitted to the following Journals: Amphibia-Reptilia;The Herpetological Journal; Biodiversity and Conservation; Biological Invasions; Revista Española de Herpetología; Diversity and distributions; Biological Conservation.

Co-winner of the “EDP fund for Biodiversity” award, with the project CHARCOScomBIO – Research, Conservation and Outreach of the Biodiversity of Temporary Ponds (2009).