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Faculty

The Gorongosa Master’s in Conservation Biology faculty consists of a talented, knowledgeable team of professors who generously donate their time to teach intensive courses in the master’s curriculum. Faculty members also act as thesis advisors to students and help them in the design and development of their research. We are very grateful for our amazingly dedicated faculty from around the world! 
 

Faculty Members

 
Dr. Rene Bobo
Course taught:  Evolution
Research:  human evolution; mammalian evolution; paleoanthropology; paleoecology
 
Dr. Laura Barraza
Courses taught:  Research and thesis I; Perspectives and methods in conservation social science research; Research and thesis II
Institution:  Gorongosa National Park
Research:  environmental decision-making processes; environmental values and cultural heritage indigenous knowledge systems; science education 
 
Dr. Adrian Garside
Course taught:  Conflict and conservation
IInstitutions:  The Marjan Centre, King’s College London; The Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford
Research:  policy and implementation addressing violent conflicts; wildlife conservation and politicised violence in South Sudan, Camera trap surveys from the Game Reserves in South Sudan. 
 
Dr. Jen Guyton
Course taught:  Science communication
Institution:  Gorongosa National Park
Focus:  Science communication; visual storytelling
 
Dr. Teresa Gamito
Courses taught:  Politics of conservation and governance; Conservation, Ecoturism, and Rural Development
Institution:  University of Lisbon
Research:  sustainable/strategic territory development
 
Dr. Tara Massad
Courses taught:  Introduction to conservation biology; Research and thesis II; Methods in conservation biology
nstitution:  Gorongosa National Park
Research:  chemical ecology; plant-insect interactions; reforestation; tropical forest ecology and diversity
 
Dr. Cristina Máguas
Course taught:  Plant biology and ecology
Institution:  Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
Research:  ecophysiology and ecology of Mediterranean and tropical vegetation; invasive plant species; stable isotope analysis of plant and ecosystem plant functioning; determination of the geographic origin  plant products using stable isotope analysis
 
 
Dr. Ara Monadjem
Course taught:  Ecology and conservation of mammals 
Institution:  University of Eswatini
 
 
Dr. Piotr Naskrecki
Courses taught:  Bioinformatics, Entomology:  Insect Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation of African Ecosystems; Methods for biodiversity surveys
Institution:  Gorongosa National Park
Research:  biodiversity; conservation; entomology; taxonomy 
 
Dr. Anders Nielsen
Course taught:  Applied pollination biology
Institution:  University of Oslo
Research:  agro-ecology; climate change; ecological networks; ecosystem services; insect behavior; plant-pollinator interactions; pesticides; statistical modelling
 
Dr. Jorge Palmeirim
Course taught:  Ecology and conservation of birds
Institution:  Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
Research:  bats; biodiversity; conservation; ornithology; pasture-woodland; spatial modelling; tropical ecology
 
Dr. Octavio Paulo
Courses taught:  Conservation genetics
Research:  bioinformatics; conservation genetics; genomics; phylogenetics 
 
 
Dr. Rui Rebelo
Course taught:  Methods in Conservation Biology
Research:  emergent diseases; herpetology; high nature value farmlands; invasion ecology; sea turtle ecology and conservation
 
Dr. Ana Ribero
 
Course taught:  Techniques in Molecular Biology (in collaboration with Ivete Maquia
Research:  agrobiotecnology applied to the management and characterization of agro-forestry resources; biodiversity; biology of plant-environment interactions; ethnobotany
 
Dr. Natasha Ribeiro
Course taught:  Restoration and ecosystem services
Institution:  Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering University of Eduardo Mondlane
Research:  conservation and forest restoration; fire ecology; evaluation and environmental impact assessments; forest biomass and carbon sequestration; remote sensing
 
Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel
Course taught:  Ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles
Institution:  Muesum für Naturkunde
 
Dr. Maria Jose Silva
Course taught:  Statistical analysis and experimental design
Institution:  School of Agriculture; University of Lisbon
Pesquisa:  biometria; agricultura sustentável / Research:  biometry; sustainable agriculture
 
Dr. Marina Temudo 
Course taught:  Culture, land use, and the environment
Institution:  School of Agriculture; University of Lisbon