Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD student

CBA research group(s):

Animal Diversity & Conservation

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Vera Gonçalves

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are in biological invasion, biodiversity conservatio and eco-etology of alien species for biodiversity conservation


Academic Qualifications

- Master degree in Biology of Conservation

- Degree in Biology

Receant Publications

Aquilone L., Gonçalves V., Inghilesi A.F. & Gherardi F. 2012. Who’s what? Prompt recognition of social status in crayfish. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66(5):785-790.

Gonçalves V., Amaral S., Rebelo R. 2011. Behavioural responses of Iberian midwife toad tadpoles (Alytes cisternasii) to chemical stimulus of native (Natrix maura and Squalis pyrenaicus) and exotic (Procambarus clarkii) predators. Basic and Applied Herpetology 25:55-64.

Gonçalves V., Amaral S., Rebelo R. 2007. Iberian midwife toad (Alytes cisternasii) tadpoles show behavioural modifications when faced with a recently introduced predator, Procambarus clarkii. Munibe 25:180-188.


Ongoing projects

PhD project – granted by FCT – “Interactions between two exotic species, Procambarus clarkii and Dreissena polymorpha, in the aquatic ecosystems of central Italy”.

Project ALT - “Atlante delle Specie Alloctone in Toscana” - granted by Regione Toscana.