Inês Órfão

Inês Orfâo

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Inês Órfão is a Post-doctoral researcher at MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Regional Agency for the Development of Research Technology and Innovation (ARDITI).

Inês is an early career biologist, specialized on behavioural ecology mainly interested in investigating how animals cope with environmental challenges (particularly human-induced, and within the context of intra- and inter-specific competition) and in assessing ways of promoting human-wildlife coexistence. Currently, she is investigating the ecology and population dynamics of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in Madeira Island, Portugal. She completed a PhD degree in Biology (speciality Ethology) at the University of Lisbon in 2018. During the PhD she investigated the effect of intraspecific interactions on the mating decisions of male guppies at the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK). Prior to this, she worked in multiple projects relating to environmental management, species conservation and animal behaviour, participated in a wide range of scientific outreach activities, and has engaged with a diverse range of stakeholders to work towards collaborative problem solving.

Main Research Interests

Behavioural Ecology, Phenotypical Plasticity, Evolutionary Biology, Animal Communication, Conservation, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Biological Invasions

MARE Research Groups

Coastal Systems and Ocean

MARE Thematic Line(s)

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning