Prof. António Mira

I teach Conservation Biology, Natural Resources Management and Mammalogy at the Biology Department of the University of Évora and I’m in charge of the Department Conservation Biology Lab since 2003.

My research area ranges between “Applied Population and Community Ecology” and “Landscape Ecology” and in the last five years my main interests have been focused on two main topics:

(1) Effects of roads on wildlife, including description of road-​kills patterns and determination of main landscape features associated with fatality hotspots; quantification of road barrier effect for species with different vagility.

(2) Effects land use changes and habitat fragmentation on landscape functional connectivity and implications for long-​term population persistence.

I’ve studied different species and communities, but my main targets have been mammals. I’ve dedicated a large part of my research to the study of voles, including the Cabrera vole, an endangered species, endemic from the Iberian Peninsula, for which the knowledge of the basic ecological requirements are still needed in order to reverse the actual population declining.

Selected publications:

(Check my ResearcherID at http://​www​.researcherid​.com/​r​i​d​/​E​-​5715 – 2010 for a more complete list)

Santos, S.; F. Carvalho & A. Mira (2011). “How long do the dead survive on the road? Carcass persistence rates and implications for road-​kill monitoring surveys. PLoS One, 6(3) e25383

Pita, R.; Mira, A.; Beja, P. (2011). Circadian activity rhythms in relation to season, sex and interspecific interactions in two Mediterranean voles. Animal Behaviour, 81: 1023 – 1030

Santos, S; A. Mira & M.L. Mathias (2009). Factors influencing large-​scale distribution of two sister species of pine voles (Microtus lusitanicus and M. duodecimcostatus): the importance of autocorrelation. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 8712271240

Pita, R.; A. Mira; F. Moreira; R. Morgado & P. Beja (2009). Influence of landscape characteristics on carnivore diversity and abundance in Mediterranean farmland. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 132:57 – 65

Pita, R., P. Beja & A. Mira (2007). Spatial population structure of the Cabrera vole in Mediterranean farmland: the relative role of patch and matrix effects. Biological Conservation, 134:283 – 293 

Contact:Casa Cordovil, 2º andar, Rua Joaquim Henrique da Fonseca, 7000 – 890 Évora 
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