Rita Ferreira is currently conducting a PhD on the insular ecology of sperm whales at MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Regional Agency for the Development of Research Technology and Innovation (ARDITI).
Rita completed her Master’s degree in the Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon in 2008, developing her thesis with the Madeira Whale Museum on assessing the impact of whale-watching on cetaceans in Madeira Island. She spent several years working as a nature guide, both on land and sea, and as a fisheries observer in cod and tuna fishing fleets, in close collaboration with researchers. In 2014, Rita was part of the starting team of researchers in the newly founded Oceanic Observatory of Madeira/ARDITI, and started her PhD in 2020. Throughout her career, Rita has participated in a dozen projects and has authored and co-authored 8 publications.
Main Research Interests
Cetaceans; Insular ecology; Biogeography; Movement patterns; Site fidelity; Telemetry; Conservation.
MARE Research Groups
Coastal Systems and Ocean
MARE Thematic Line(s)
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning