•  2009/13 PhD, Biodiversity Management, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK
  • 2006/07 MSc, Conservation Biology, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK.
  • 2003/06 BSc, Environmental Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon University, Portugal.

Selected Publications

Work Experience

  • 2013/15 Co-Principal Investigator, Bird hunting and conservation in Malta: an exploratory stakeholder analysis, Malta
  • 2014/15 Team Member, Towards sustainable logging in São Tomé, São Tomé & Príncipe
  • 2008/09 Team Member, Lesser Florican Community Leadership Programme, India
  • 2008/09 Project Manager, Playa Norte Marine Turtle Conservation & Monitoring Programme, Costa Rica
  • 2001/06 Environmental Educator, Lisbon Zoo, Portugal


  • 2015 The Durrell Trust for Conservation Biology Prize
  • 2012 International Union for the Conservation of Nature / Thomson Reuters Media Award
  • 2012 Highly Commended Presentation, Cambridge Student Conference in Conservation Science
  • 2011 Runner-up, Spotlight on Student Research, Europe Section, Society for Conservation Biology
  • 2008 Best Presentation, XII Meso American Congress of Biology and Conservation

Reviewer for:

  • Trends in Ecology and Evolution; Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Conservation Biology; Conservation Letters;  Biological Conservation; Animal Conservation; Biological Reviews, Biodiversity and Conservation; Conservation and Society; Oryx; PLoS ONE; PeerJ; Global Conservation and Ecology; Endangered Species Research; AMBIO; Asian Journal of Conservation Biology; International Journal of Financial Studies; Landscape and Urban Planning;
  • Peerage of Science

Professional Service (current)

  • Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
  • Associate Editor, Asian Journal of Conservation Biology
  • Founding member of the International League of Conservation Writers
  • Founding member of the European Social Marketing Association
  • Lifetime member of the Society for Conservation Biology
  • Founding member of the Portuguese Primatological Society
  • Member of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds

Students co-supervised

  • 2014 Lizzie Duthie, Imperial College, MSc thesis: Celebrities in Conservation: Are they a hindrance or a help?
  • 2013 Diane Megias, DICE, Kent, BSc thesis: Investigating the impact of Harry Potter films on the owl trade
  • 2012 Rachel Shairp, DICE, Kent, MSc thesis: Understanding demand for wildmeat in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 2010 Yasuo Takahashi, DICE, Kent, MSc thesis: A Multi-stakeholder Approach to Flagship Species for the Conservation of Sacred Groves in the Western Ghats, India

Teaching Experience

  • 2015 Guest lecturer, Social Marketing and Conservation, University of Cambridge
  • 2014 Guest Lecturer, modules “Topics in Conservation Biology” and “Business Principles in Conservation”, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent
  • 2014 Guest lecturer, Behaviour Change, Diploma in Endangered Species Management, Durrell Wildlife Trust
  • 2014 Guest lecturer, Social Marketing, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA), Portugal
  • 2012 Module Convenor for Behaviour Change module, Conservation Biology MSc, Njala University, Sierra Leone
  • 2009/2013 Guest Lecturer, modules: “Animals and People”, “Principles and practice of Ecotourism”, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent
  • 2010 Guest Lecturer, module “Contemporary Issues in Tourism”, Kent Businnes School
  • 2010/2013 Guest Lecturer, biodiversity and sustainability, Virgílio Ferreira High School, Portugal.
  • 2009 Guest Lecturer, Environmental Education, Instituto Superior Piaget, Portugal



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