Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology



CBA research group(s):

Computational Biology And Population Genomics

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Vera Lúcia Nunes

Main Research Interests

The investigation of the genetic basis of adaptation and speciation in Mediterranean species.


Academic Qualifications

2012- PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of Lisbon
2004- Degree in Biology (Biologia Ambiental – Variante Terrestre), 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.

Nunes V.L., Beaumont M.A., Butlin R.K. & Paulo O.S. 2012. Challenges and pitfalls in the characterization of anonymous outlier AFLP markers in non-model species: lessons from an ocellated lizard genome scan. Heredity 109(6):340-348.

Nunes V.L., Beaumont M.A., Butlin R.K. & Paulo O.S. 2011. Multiple approaches to detect outliers in a genome scan for selection in ocellated lizards (Lacerta lepida) along an environmental gradient. Molecular Ecology 20(2):193-205.

Nunes V.L., Miraldo A., Beaumont M.A., Butlin R.K. & Paulo O.S. 2011. Association of Mc1r variants with ecologically relevant phenotypes in the European ocellated lizard, Lacerta lepida. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24(10):2289-2298.

Batista D., Nunes V.L., Gomes-Laranjo J., Paulo O.S. & Costa R. 2009. Segregation of SSR and AFLP loci in chestnut F1 hybrids (Castanea sativa × C. crenata / C. mollissima). Acta Horticulturae (ISHS) 844:249-256.

Moreira P.L., Nunes V.L., Martín J. & Paulo O.S. 2007. Copulatory plugs do not assure high first male fertilisation success: sperm displacement in a lizard. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:281-288.

Ongoing Projects

  • 2011-2014- 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, team member).